Academic Success Center


The Academic Success Center can help you achieve your academic goals through a variety of support programs including: appointment tutoring in many subjects; walk-in math tutoring; writing help; success coaching; study skills development; workshops; and excellent online resources. ALL NOVA students enrolled in for-credit courses may use any and all of ASC’s resources at no additional cost. Explore our website and visit our center (AA-229) for additional information on our various services and how we can best support you. Welcome to ASC!  All services offered in AA-229

Phone: 703-845-6363

Hours of Operation for Fall 2019:
Monday: 10 am – 7 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm
Friday: 10 am – 2 pm

Key Dates:
Nov 27 – 29: Closed for Thanksgiving
Dec 6: Last Day for Appointments
Dec 9 – 12: Walk-in Writing and Math Tutoring
Dec 12 – Jan 10: Closed


ASC Celebrates the End-of-Semester & Opens for Summer

On May 10 the ASC celebrated the end of the spring semester with its customary potluck party! Check out the May newsletter for wrap-up information about the semester, including numbers of students helped and tutors who won scholarships or other awards:

ASC End-of-Semester Potluck Party

On May 20, the ASC opened for summer with new hours:  Monday – Thursday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Stop by AA-229 for walk-in MTH or writing help or to make an appointment for other subjects.

ASC Preps Students for Upcoming Job Fair

Along with our Coffee Hour Series, Evening Workshops and Online Workshops, the ASC is hosting two Campus Connections to prepare students for the upcoming Alexandria Campus Job Fair on April 5th! Both programs will be held at 1 pm in the Annex (AA-234).

March 25: Amazing Resumes and Cover Letters – Do you want to apply for a job or an internship? Are you interested in learning about the changing design, format and content expectations of resumes? Join us for a workshop that will help you update and build your resume and cover letters, facilitated by Maria Fahlsing, ASC Writing Consultant.

April 1: Networking for Success – Do you recognize the importance of networking but face difficulties in getting started? Do you have an elevator pitch prepared? Do you want to establish your career by building professional relationships? Then stop by and join us for a presentation by Dr. Meredith Aquila, Professor of Communication. 

For more information, check out the latest edition of our newsletter.

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ASC’s 2018 STAR Awards

New in 2018, the Academic Success Center STAR award recognizes individuals for their outstanding efforts Sharing Time and Resources (STAR) for student success. Congratulations to three members of the ASC team who are 2018 ASC STARS:
Linda Foster
Paula Kougeas
Carol O’Shaughnessy

Read about these award recipients and other news in our May newsletter:


Tips for ASC’s Writing Center

5 Important Tips to be Successful at the ASC’s Writing Center (AA-229) as Recommended by Writing Consultant Rima Fakhry:

1. Understand the policies, services, and hours prior to your visit. Learn more by visiting our website:

2.  Come to the Writing Center at least one week before your assignment is due.

3. Bring specific questions about your assignment and bring the prompt (or, directions for the assignment) so the writing tutor/consultant has a clear understanding of the requirements.

4. Writing tutors and consultants do not proofread a student’s paper (for example: they don’t correct every grammar error). However, they give resources and make recommendations on how to improve a student’s writing.

5. The Writing Center holds a number of valuable resources such as:

  • The Bedford Handbook,
  • The Little Seagull Handbook,
  • the MLA Handbook(8th edition),
  • the APA Manual, and
  • lots of print resources

to help students with different aspects of the writing process. You may use those handbooks while you’re in the Center. In addition, you can find handouts on MLA and APA format and more!

Our team of writing consultants, tutors and administrative assistants are all here to help you explore ways to improve on your writing. We want to help you meet your assignment requirements and become better writers.

So come on in and let’s meet!