Academic Support

Student Success is Northern's academic support system, with services that include academic advising, individual tutoring, and academic skills development.


Advisors help all first-year students as they register for their first semester, and they continue to serve students through their first academic year. Students who are undecided about their major will be advised through the Advising Center, regardless of class standing. In addition, there are dedicated academic advisors in every college and school.
For more information or to speak with an advisor, please visit Academic Advising.

tutoring center

The Tutoring Center at Northern provides free academic support for all NSU students. The center offers personalized, one-on-one assistance for all general education classes and most upper-level courses from trained tutors who are successful, motivated and faculty-recommended. Current NSU students can make appointments by emailing



MLA Documentation System - Quick Guide

APA Documentation System - Quick Guide


Writing Summaries

Writing Effective Summaries (.docx)

Writing Effective Summaries (.pdf)


Study Techniques

Distributed Practice Infographic (.docx)

Distributed Practice Infographic (.pdf)


Elaborative Interrogation Infographic (.docx)

Elaborative Interrogation Infographic (.pdf)


Retrieval Infographic (.docx)

Retrieval Infographic (.pdf)


Self Explanation Infographic (.docx)

Self Explanation Infographic (.pdf)


Study 'Hacks' Infographic (.docx)

Study 'Hacks' Infographic (.pdf)


Zoom Class Tips 

Succeeding in your Zoom Class  (.docx)

Succeeding in your Zoom Class  (.pdf)


Effective Textbook Reading

Textbook Techniques (.docx)

Textbook Techniques (.pdf)


Time Management

Time Management for Busy Adults (.docx)

Time Management for Busy Adults (.pdf)


supplemental instruction

The SI program provides academic support to students enrolled in certain courses. SI helps students learn study strategies and understand the subject. Support is provided through regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-facilitated sessions.

  • Who can participate in SI? SI sessions are open to all students enrolled in courses participating in the program, and attendance is voluntary.
  • Trained student leaders: SI sessions are led by successful Northern students who have a passion for the SI-specific subject and for helping students. SI leaders help students develop general and subject-specific study skills, and challenge students to build relationships and community with classmates through collaborative learning. Faculty-recommended SI leaders have completed training and will create a plan for each SI session.​
  • Find courses that offer SI sessions: Current students will find courses with available SI sessions listed on myNSU.