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Strategies, Organization, and Achievement Resources (SOAR)

Advising, Tutoring, Writing, Math & Science Support


Every student at Dickinson has an Advisor to assist with academic decision-making. But students can also seek assistance from the Academic Advising office (including connecting with a Peer Advisor), which is a part of the Advising, Internships & Career Center. Visit the Academic Advising page to learn more. 


With the approval of a student's professor, it may be possible to request a peer tutor to assist with a class in which a student may be struggling. To learn more, visit the Peer Tutoring Progam page. 


Dickinson is fortunate to have two types of writing centers through which students can receive support with any type of writing assignment -- one for Foreign Language Writing Tutoring and one to work with Writing Tutors for assignments in English. You can also access a wealth of Resources for Writers --from professor's guidance, to citation help, to PowerPoint presentations and entertaining podcasts that offer support for all aspects of writing.

The Writing Center is not only for proofreading -- in fact, one of the best ways to use the Writing Center is to go with a prompt and your ideas and discuss with a Writing Associate whether you're on the right track and how best to tackle that writing assignment. You can then return once you've made some progress to get additional feedback. Tend to have trouble getting started? They can help!

Although there is no "one right way" to write, and the writing process is not always linear, another helpful online tool to assist writers is an Assignment Calculator which breaks down a writing assignment into manageable steps with due dates for each. There are many available online. This sample Assignment Calculator was created by Rochester Institute of Technology.  Enter the class and due date of your assignment. Just skip where it asks you to enter your "RIT Username and Password." Note that this website contains links that will direct users to RIT-related resources, which may not be accessibly to non-RIT students. But you can consider this a starting point for calculating all the steps involved in long-term assignments with proposed deadlines for each of those steps. Want help with planning your steps? Call the Writing Center at (717) 245-1620.


The Quantitative Reasoning Center supports students in any course with quantitative content—whether in mathematics, science, social science, or the humanities. ("Quantitative" refers to things you can measure or quantify.)  QR tutors and Quantitative Reasoning Associates (QRAs) have been recommended by faculty and trained in helping students learn how to learn.