Your Academic Success

At Amherst, You Can Succeed.

We support you. You get to take advantage of myriad resources for success, including the Moss Quantitative Center, the Writing Center, Peer Tutoring and the Counseling Center. Amherst also offers time management counseling; English-as-Second-Language (ESL) writing services; academic services for students with disabilities; a workshop series in reading skills, and an Interterm math review. Students who use these support services consistently and highly recommend them.

Amherst students graduate. Our graduation rate of 96 percent is one of the highest in the country.

Amherst graduates thrive. Amherst’s innovative Career Center will work closely with you to prepare you for life after graduation, explore career and internship options, network with accomplished alumni and act to pursue your dreams.

Tutorial Services

The Moss Quantitative Center provides walk-in tutorial services. Tutors work with students who want to improve their conceptual understanding in math, science and economics. The Center also helps students fortify study habits and improve problem-solving skills.

Peer Tutoring is available to any student enrolled in an Amherst course. Peer tutors work in languages—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Russian and Spanish—and in biology, computer science, economics, music, philosophy, physics and psychology. The first step to finding a peer tutor is meet with the professor in the course. The Peer Tutoring Program is part of the Office of Student Affairs

Peer Tutoring is available to students, free of charge, who are enrolled in Amherst courses and, for a variety of reasons, find themselves in need of tutorial assistance. Peer tutors are approved by faculty in the following disciplines: Arabic, Biology, Chinese, Computer Science, Economics, French, German, Greek, Latin, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Russian and Spanish. Students who are concerned about their academic performance are advised to discuss their concerns with the professor in the course. Therefore, students interested in working with peer tutors must first receive the approval of their professors. The Peer Tutoring Program is overseen by the Office of Student Affairs located in Room 201 of Converse Hall and may be reached at 413-542-2337. A member of the staff is available for short-term counseling sessions to help students address problems that impede academic progress, e.g., procrastination, time mismanagement, competing priorities (academic and social) and related issues. 

Academic Writing Skills

At the Writing Center, professional writing instructors help students in one-on-one sessions and small-group workshops. Students may consult the writing staff about any aspect of the writing process: getting started, developing and organizing ideas, refining the thesis and argument, writing with more clarity, energy and confidence, managing time, approaching long projects, writing research papers and dealing with writing anxiety. Students can make appointments via the Writing Center’s on-line scheduler.

Writing English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) is a program that provides international students with English and ESL support. ESL instructors work with students in private or small group sessions to review written work, review grammar and syntax, and practice pronunciation.

They also offer guidance in the conventions of American academic writing. Students can make appointments through the Writing Center.

Time Management

The Office of Student Affairs provides advising that helps students address problems impeding their academic progress, such as procrastination, time mismanagement, competing priorities (academic and social) and related issues. For an appointment, call 413-542-2337.

The Writing Center staff offers individualized Writing Counseling sessions that address procrastination, writing anxiety, frustration and writer’s block. For a writing counseling appointment, use the Writing Center’s online scheduler

Reading Skills

The Writing Center offers workshops to help students read more effectively and efficiently, as well as to develop strategies for managing a heavy reading load. Students can learn more about and register for workshops via the Writing Center. Individual instruction in reading is also available from the Writing Center’s professional staff. 

Math Review During Interterm

Amherst students have an opportunity during Interterm (every January) to meet with the Math Associate in the Moss Quantitative Center to prepare for spring-semester math courses or exams. For information, students should contact Timothy St. Onge at trstonge@amherst.edu.

Course & Research Support at the Library

The Amherst College Library helps students in many ways: expert librarians are available at the reference desk in the main library in Frost; at the music and science libraries; and in Archives & Special Collections in Frost. This friendly staff offers students individual assistance in using all library resources. Students with brief reference questions may email the library via the “Ask Us” website, or they may telephone the appropriate branch. Students who are seeking more in-depth research planning should login to arrange individual appointments.

Academic Support for Students with Disabilities

Students with documented disabilities may be provided with a variety of academic support services. Available academic support services include in-class notetakers, scribes, readers and audio books. Please visit the Accessibility web site for more detailed information, including contact information.