The Office of Academic Success is here to assist all Hampden-Sydney students in setting and reaching your academic goals. Attending college is a wonderful opportunity that can be both exciting and confusing at times. We are here to help you develop the skills necessary for effective performance in and positive adjustment to the college learning environment. We are here to help you succeed!

Academic Counseling

Individual appointments are available to discuss academic issues and skills development. Contact us!

Academic Skills Workshops

Workshops are available throughout the semester on a weekly basis or are available by appointment for Residence Life, Athletics, Greek Life, and Student Organizations. Topics include goal-setting, time management, note-taking, reading skills, active learning, test taking and preparation, charting academic progress, and dealing with stress.

Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Dupont Room of the Bortz Library (Rm 200)

  • Wednesday, January 22, Getting Started: Goals Setting & Motivation
  • Wednesday, January 29, Getting It Together: Organization & Procrastination
  • Wednesday, February 5, Majors and Careers: Selection and Preparation
  • Wednesday, February 12, Putting Yourself To The Test: Preparing & Taking Exams
  • Wednesday, February 19, Library Research: Preparing for Research Projects 
  • Wednesday, February 26, Putting Your Skills To Work: Listening & Note-Taking
  • Wednesday, March 4, Staying On Track: Mid-Term Flight Check
  • Wednesday, March 18, Deficiency Notices: Learn How To Bounce Back
  • Wednesday, March 25, Worth Remembering: Improving your Memory
  • Wednesday, April 1, Looking Ahead: Planning For Next Semester
  • Wednesday, April 15, Semster Wrap up: Preparing and Planning Wisely

Each session will be half workshop/half discussion...come with ideas! PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED!

Call Lisa Lisa Burns, 434-223-6188, for more information

The Advising Program

All freshmen and transfer students are assigned an Academic Advisor who will assist in class selection, study skills development and transition to Hampden-Sydney College. Advisors are here to help you achieve your academic and personal goals by successfully guiding you through Hampden-Sydney's academic curriculum and helping you build connections with community resources and campus & peer support services.

Pre-Term Workshops

Programs are offered before each semester to help selected students develop and improve academic skills.

Probation Program

Students on Academic Probation, those returning after Academic Suspension, and those with excessive Mid-Term Deficiencies will receive individualized assistance in improving skills and performance through Academic Counseling, specialized workshops and utilization of other campus resources.


Tutors are available for assistance with Biology, Economics, History, Greek, Latin, Philosophy, Psychology and Western Culture. (Tutors are available for other subjects through the appropriate academic department.) No appointment necessary!

What to bring:

  1. positive attitude
  2. course textbook and notes
  3. writing utensil
  4. specific questions which address area(s) of difficulty
  5. copy of the assignment (where applicable)
Tutoring Schedule

Office of Academic Success

Bortz Library, Rooms 231-235
Hampden-Sydney College | Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943-0685
Phone (434) 223-6286 | (434) 223-6188
Fax (434) 223-6244

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