Academic Success Center


The Academic Success Center can help you achieve your academic goals through a variety of support programs: appointment tutoring including writing help; success coaching; study skills development; and workshops. NOVA students enrolled in for-credit courses may use any and all of ASC’s resources at no additional cost. Explore our blog and request additional information on our various services and how we can best support you. Welcome to ASC!

 Phone 703-845-6363



You can schedule your own Zoom appointment with a tutor by visiting NOVA’s Online Tutoring web page. Appointments are made using the Navigate software, and an app is available for download for your phone or tablet. Or access the webpage here, using your myNOVA information:

The ASC Office will be closed from Dec. 20 – Jan. 3.
Tutoring Services for Spring 2022 begin on Jan. 24 

Service Hours, NOVA Alexandria Spring Semester:
Monday: 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm
Friday: 9 am – 1 pm
Limited virtual tutoring available Monday – Thursday from 5 PM – 7 PM


Need Help with a Research Paper?

Our friendly writing consultants can help you get that research paper written! If you’re enrolled in for-credit classes, you are eligible for two free 50-minute writing consultations per week, per class. Click on the link above our Service Hours or sign in to myNOVA. Then follow these steps:

  • Click on EAB Navigate Student
  • Click on Appointments
  • Click on Schedule an Appointment
  • Select Tutoring for Type of Appointment
  • Select Class
  • Choose Virtual Appointment
  • Select Tutor (Alexandria tutors: Erika Lumen, Maria Fahlsing, Walter Parker, Denise Brown and Debby Pawlik)
  • Select Day/Time
  • Indicate anything specific to discuss

Any questions? Contact Rosemarie Harrington at

Need Writing Help?

Free writing help is available to NOVA students enrolled in classes! Our professional writing consultants can help you with your academic and professional writing. For a 50-minute remote writing consultation, go to and click on “Request a Tutoring Appointment.”

  • For writing help for an English or ESL class, select “English (ENG, ENF, ESL)” and “Virtual Appointment.”
  • For writing help for any other class or for resumes, transfer essays and/or scholarship essays, select “Writing Assistance” and “Virtual Appointment.”

For Alexandria-campus writing consultants, look for Erika Lumen, Maria Fahlsing, Walter (Clinton) Parker, and Denise Brown. Writing consultations are available on Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 5 PM and on Wednesday – Thursday from 5 – 7 PM. Appointments fill up, so schedule your appointment soon!

Scholarship Cycle Open!

The NOVA Foundation and the Financial Aid Office are pleased to announce the opening of the first scholarship cycle for the 2021-2022 academic year! The scholarship application period began on Monday, January 11, 2021 and will close on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Students may submit one application to apply for multiple opportunities.

For a list of available scholarships and to apply, students can visit NOVA’s scholarship website, Questions can be directed to the Scholarship Coordinator, Darryl Shell, at

The ASC provides writing assistance on scholarship essays. For more information, contact Rosemarie Harrington at

Express Writing Help for NOVA Students

In Summer 2020, the ASC Writing Center is offering Express Writing Help for busy students! Papers received by 9 AM on Monday-Friday will be returned with comments that day. Papers received after 3 PM will be returned the next business day. Students also can request a writing tutoring appointment by Zoom. For Express Writing Help or an Online Writing Appointment, click on the green Google form button on the ASC blog home page.   

Writing Consultant Carol O’Shaughnessy

Dr. Schroder’s Students Create ASC Promotional Materials

Dr. Schroder, Bezawit Eshete, Izaiah McMillian, and Rosemarie Harrington

This week students who created promotional materials for the ASC received certificates of appreciation for their creative work. Nine students from Dr. Schroder’s ENG 111 and ENG 111/ENF 3 classes earned extra credit by creating fliers, posters, and TV slides for the ASC.  Earlier in the semester, these students wrote papers on the benefits of the ASC and/or ways the ASC could improve its services. As part of the assignment, students also wrote a proposal for promoting the ASC. Then the ASC selected seven of the proposals for implementation.

The finished promotional materials can be seen on bulletin boards outside the ASC (AA-229), outside the Annex (AA-234), and inside the Annex. TV slides are displayed on the TV monitor inside the ASC. Stop by to take a look at their work!

Participating students are:
Heaven Asnake
Manavi Basnet
Bezawit Eshete and Izaiah McMillian
Dayanara Garcia
Stacy Lehman and William Seo
Osman Mohamed-Said
Jacob Shapiro