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Academic Skills Center


ASC LogoThe Dartmouth College Academic Skills Center is for the entire College community. Although our primary goal is to assist students in becoming more efficient and effective learners, we are open to all who wish to improve their academic skills and ability to learn. 

The Academic Skills Center is also home to the Tutor Clearinghouse, a subset of the Academic Skills Center that facilitates peer tutoring and study groups on campus, as well as a variety of other programs that aim to enrich the understanding of course material for members of the Dartmouth community. 

Academic Skills Center Offerings:

  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Groups
  • Resident Experts
  • Various Workshops and Courses
  • Assistance to First Year Students
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Learning Tips and Tools

To learn more about our office and our services, please explore our website! We also invite you to visit us the ASC, which is located at 224 Baker. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Schedule an appointment with Carl Thum here or with Jennifer Decker here. You may also blitz or call (603).646.2014 to make an appointment.

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Dear Class of 2021

by Carl Thum, Ph.D., Director of the Academic Skills Center, 224 Baker Library

Successful students, as well as successful people in the world of work, share two key characteristics:

1. They have clear, concrete, measurable personal goals

2. They manage their time, using a specific system or strategy

In high school, those two characteristics are externally motivated and managed. In college, those characteristics must come from within, intrinsically.

So the task for first year students is to, as quickly as possible, move from external motivators (peer group, parents, teachers/guidance counselors) to internal motivators (why are you here; what do you want to get out of your Dartmouth education/experience?)

Time management, a critically important skill to develop, requires paying attention to your available time (everyone gets 24 hours) and using it to achieve your goals. Since you can't really manage time (it's an entity), you are managing tasks – your behaviors and use of time to achieve your goals.


1. Write out your goals, post them on your wall, review and revise them every day/week.

2. Use a calendar (paper or app) to record when your time is taken up by structured activities (classes, meals, meetings) and when (and where) you are going to put in time for each of your three courses.

Go to the Academic Skills Center (224 Baker) and explore this website for more information, videos, and downloadable handouts/time schedules.

And set up an individual meeting with either Carl Thum, PhD, or Jennifer Decker, MALS, by calling 603-646-2014.



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Last Updated: 4/19/17