Academic Support

Colby has programs designed to help students maximize their academic success. Each student has a faculty advisor and Class Dean, in addition to their course instructors, to consult about academic issues that arise. For individual or more specialized support, the Dean of Studies Office has a variety of programs and programming partnerships to enhance your academic experience. You should always feel welcome to speak with your Class Dean about questions or concerns you have about academics.

Learning Consultants

These specialized, expert coaches are available to any Colby student wishing additional academic support, coaching, or skill building. Learning Consultants work with your Class Deans to identify and establish support strategies for your unique needs, and they work one-on-one with you during the academic year to build your individual success. To find out more or to request a Learning Consultant, please contact your Class Dean.

Tutoring

Colby provides academic support services that supplement the support provided by course instructors. Advanced students are hired as teaching assistants, tutors, or writing fellows.

  1. Consult the professor of the course to review the challenges you are experiencing and to request assistance of a tutor.
  2. If it is decided that you should have a tutor, and if a tutor is available for the subject matter, your professor will share with you the name of an advanced student whose skills match your needs. The Dean of Studies Office maintains a list of current tutors. If you or your professor are unsure of who is currently available to tutor in certain subjects, please reach out to the Dean of Studies Office.
  3. You will contact the tutor to make an initial appointment and set up a regular schedule. Two to three hours a week is the norm.
  4. Come prepared for your tutoring session. Do as much work as you can beforehand so that the tutoring time can be spent on specific problem areas. The tutor is there to help you understand course material but their role is not to help you complete your coursework. Working with a tutor, while helpful, is not a substitute for regular class participation, use of faculty office hours, or communication with your course professor.
  5. Keep your appointments. If you must make a change, have the courtesy to notify the tutor in advance.
  6. If you have any problems finding a tutor, working with them, or if you continue to struggle in the class, discuss your concerns as soon as possible with your professor or the tutoring coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Studies.

Private Study Rooms and Lockers in Miller Library

Students who need a private study space may apply to use a study room, a designated quiet space furnished with individual study carrel desks and personal lockers to store materials. Students will be assigned to one of three rooms.

There are a limited number of study carrels available. Students with special circumstances such as honors projects, documented learning differences, independent study projects, or senior scholar work are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to seniors.

If you are interested in securing a private study carrel and / or locker, click here to apply. Students will be notified via email if they have been granted a study carrel.

Partner Programs

The Farnham Writers’ Center

Located in Miller Library, the Farnham Writers’ Center works with students on all aspects of writing. They seek to further a culture of writing at Colby and in the community through peer tutoring and special writing events. As a writing resource for our students, they provide information on good writing practices and guidance on grammar and documentation. Even students who have always been strong writers can find themselves feeling less confident when learning how to write in a new academic setting. The Writers’ Center is a warm and friendly space where students can seek advice on every step of the writing process. Sign up for an appointment.

Personal Librarian

Each first-year Colby student is assigned a Personal Librarian who will contact you regularly over the course of the year with useful information about how to get the most out of the Libraries’ services and collections. Even after your first year, all Colby students have access to our fantastic research librarians who specialize in subject matter areas helpful to your majors and minors. Our librarians can answer your questions about the Colby Libraries; provide reference assistance and guidance on using the Libraries’ catalog; help you find materials for assignments; help you find books, articles, films, etc. for class or for fun; offer tips about choosing databases (and explanations of what databases are!); provide citation help when you’re incorporating research into your own work; help you understand how to navigate copyright and fair use; and so much more! Learn more about the Personal Librarian program and how to meet your librarian.