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Johnson Academic Support

We’re here to help you succeed.

The Office of Academic Support Services at Northern Vermont University-Johnson provides a range of support at all stages of your undergraduate career. Whether you’re seeking help with a tough class, accommodations for your documented disability, or assistance transitioning to college, we’re here to help. Our goal is to help you successfully complete your college education and prepare you for your next step, be it further education or gainful employment. Academic Support Services is partially funded by a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Our office, located in Dewey Hall offers services for all undergraduate students, as well as specialized services for TRIO-eligible students.

Academic Coaching and Tutoring

Academic Support Services provides a friendly and supportive environment for students seeking to improve their academic performance. Our professional staff and peer coaches can help foster academic success by encouraging students to become more independent learners. We provide the following services to all students:

  • Individual coaching in most 1000- and 2000– level courses
  • Individual professional help in writing and math
  • Individual online help in writing through the Writer’s Online Workshop Group coaching (supplemental instruction) in selected subjects
  • Training programs for peer coaches
  • Resource library
  • Evening drop-in coaching

What Is Academic Coaching?

In addition to providing help with specific assignments, feedback on writing mechanics and organization, and topic brainstorming, academic coaches can help you identify patterns in your approach to academic work that may be holding you back, so that you’re better able to work through problems independently. Students typically work with the same academic coach over a period of time, which makes the time you work together more effective. If you need immediate help on a particular assignment, our peer coaches are available on a walk-in basis at our regularly scheduled evening coaching hours in the dorms.

You don’t have to have an official academic coach in order to get help, however — we’ll gladly assist if you walk into our office with a tough assignment. But using a coach can help you identify patterns in your approach to academic work that may be holding you back, so that emergency visits are less frequent and you’re able to better work through problems independently, when help isn’t available.

If you need immediate help on a particular assignment, our peer coaches are available on a walk-in basis at our regularly scheduled evening coaching hours in the Academic Support Services Office in Dewey Hall.

Academic Skills Assistance

The academic support services staff provide support to students who may also need help in developing the following essential “college survival” skills:

  • Study/research skills
  • Note-taking
  • Test-taking
  • Active reading
  • Time management
  • Stress management

Services for Students with Disabilities

NVU-Johnson is committed to providing students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of the educational environment. The Coordinator of Disability Services works with students with disabilities to maximize their educational potential, encouraging them to maintain independence while receiving assistance. Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for a variety of accommodations and services including:

  • Testing accommodations
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Sign Language interpreters
  • Textbooks in alternative format
  • Assistive Technology

Current and comprehensive documentation of a disability is necessary to be eligible for many of these services. Learn more about NVU Disability Services.


The Academic Support Services staff provide friendly, caring, and intensive academic advising to many NVU-Johnson students. We strive to help students identify both academic and life goals as well as develop a meaningful educational plan to achieve these goals. Through active engagement in a collaborative process, students are encouraged to become self-directed and responsible lifelong learners and decision-makers. Services include:

  • Information on degree requirements
  • Academic regulations and administrative policies
  • Academic advising to all students with disabilities


Summer Bridge Program

Academic Support Services offers a Summer Bridge Program for eligible students which provides the kind of individualized support that can make the difference between success and failure in the crucial first-year of college.
The program includes the following components:

  • Team-building activities with other students and the Academic Support Services staff
  • Remedial work in writing and math
  • Workshops on time management and goal-setting
  • Workshops on financial aid and financial literacy

Learn more about the Summer Bridge program.

Services for TRIO Students

Academic Support Services is partially funded by a Federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of TRIO is to provide support to populations typically under-served by colleges. While we serve all students at NVU-Johnson, priority is given to those who qualify for service under the TRIO program. To be eligible for TRIO services, a student must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be from a family where neither parent completed a four-year bachelor’s degree
  • Be from a low-income background
  • Have a documented disability

Academic Support Services offers the following services to students accepted as part of the TRIO program:

  • Access to technology
  • Free tickets to selected campus cultural events
  • Computerized personality type and career assessments
  • Financial literacy support
  • Financial aid information and workshops
  • Graduate school advising
  • Supplemental grant aid

Learn more about TRIO at NVU-Johnson.

Stop by the Office of Academic Support in Dewey Hall to learn more or contact us at or 802.635.1259.