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Academic Resources

What We Do

We encourage and facilitate active learning so the student can be a competent, confident and independent learner.

We strive to establish a learning community at Harding by partnering with faculty, staff and students to help better understand, develop and improve academic support services for all students.

Meet Our Staff

Kevin Kehl Kevin Kehl, Ed.D

 Director, First Year Experience
 Director, Academic Resources
 kkehl@harding.edu
 501-279-4220
 

 About Kevin:

Kevin Kehl currently serves as director of academic resource services within the Center for Student Success and is also director for HU Square 1, Harding’s first year experience program. 

Kehl is an assistant professor in the College of Bible and Ministry. He has worked in Christian higher education administration for more than 18 years and has worked with first-year students in the university setting for more than 12 years. 

He and his family served alongside the Kalenjin people of Kenya, East Africa, for eight years involved in church planting, leadership and community development.

Kehl is a first-generation college student and is familiar with transition having lived in 21 different houses in 10 cities as well as a considerable amount of cross-cultural living experience. 

His wife, Susan, is dean of nursing; his son, Braden, teaches at Harding Academy; and his daughter, Brooke, is currently a student at HU

 

Stephanie O'Brian Stephanie O'Brian, Ed.S.

 Academic Resource Coordinator

 sobrian@harding.edu

 501-279-2400

 

 

 About Stephanie:

Stephanie O’Brian is the academic resource coordinator in the Center for Student Success, where she directs the Supplemental Instruction program, helps to oversee the tutoring program, and provides academic counseling and guidance for students across campus. She loves working in a place where she can share her passion and constantly serve students in various ways.

O’Brian came to Harding on a whim in 2006 and has lived in Searcy ever since. As a Missouri native, she is a huge Missouri Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals fan. She never anticipated attending a Christian university, or even working for one, but after receiving her bachelor’s in social science from Harding and falling in love with the university and the people here, she decided it was a good fit.   

O’Brian went on to complete her master’s and Ed.S. in Professional Counseling from Harding. She has been in charge of the SI program since she graduated with her bachelor’s in 2010. O’Brian spends her free time as a sponsor for the lovely ladies of Chi Omega Pi, playing games with her wonderful friends, reading whatever books are recommended to her, and creating pieces of “art” which rarely get finished.

 

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) targets difficult freshmen and sophomore level courses through weekly study sessions led by students (SI Leaders) who have successfully completed the course. 

SI leaders know the course content and are eager to help guide you through it. They'll be in class with you every day, hearing what you hear and reading what you read. What they won't do is lecture; their job is to help you think about the lectures you hear and the books you read, and then put it all together into some kind of perspective during SI review sessions so you can learn it more efficiently.

Join us for a chance to get together with people in your class to compare notes, to discuss important concepts, to develop strategies for studying the subject, and to test yourself before your professor does so you'll be ready. 

Meet the 2014 SI Leaders

GunnarKlemmer

 Gunnar Klemmer

 Senior, Chemistry Major

 Leading: CHEM 121 – Dr. Schramm

 Go-to study hacks: 

 Taking lots of notes or studying with another  person. 

 Life outside of class:

 Canoeing, backpacking, relaxing with friends,  decompressing with a game.

 

 

 

Mary O'Briant Mary O'Briant

 Senior, Public Administration Major

 Leading: POLS 205 – Mrs. Klein

 Go-to study hacks: 

 Going to the library, finding a quiet place. 

 Life outside of class:

 Cooking and reading mysteries. 

  

 

Tyler Sommer Tyler Sommers

 Senior, Public Administration Major

 Leading: POLS 202 – Dr. Breezeel

 Go-to study hacks: 

 Going to the library, listening to music. 

 Life outside of class:

 Playing guitar, being involved around campus and biking. 

  

 

Claire Summers Claire Summers

 Senior, History Major

 Leading: HIST 111 – Dr. Harris

 Go-to study hacks: 

 Using flashcards. 

 Life outside of class:

 Reading, watching movies with friends. 

 

 Alex SamuelAlex Samuel 

 SI Observer

 Graduate Student

 Pursuing Professional Counseling

 Go-to study hacks: 

 Listening to music while studying. 

 Life outside of class:

 Alex is married, enjoys playing tennis, listening to vinyl records, spending time with his friends, and playing with his dog, Atlas. 

Julia Lapo Julia Lapo

 Senior, Exercise Science Major

 Leading: CHEM 121 – Dr. Province

 Go-to study hacks: 

 Using notecards and repetition. 

 Life outside of class:

 Sports, hiking, camping, running, fishing, reading.

 

 

Evan Leman Evan Laman

 Junior, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

 Leading: CHEM 121 – Dr. White

 Go-to study hacks: 

 Going to Midnight Oil to study with friends, printing notes in color and writing in colored sharpie pens. 

 Life outside of class: Working as a CNA at White County Hospital, backpacking overseas, surfing, scuba diving, spending free time in downtown Little Rock. 

 
When do SI sessions start?

SI sessions began early in the semester, so be sure to bring your class schedule to your first day of class so they can accommodate as many students as possible when scheduling sessions. 

Each SI leader will set up three or more review sessions a week at times that are best for the majority of the students. You can attend one, two or all three (the choice is yours), and each one will be different because you'll have new material to discuss. SI review sessions are informal. Bring your notes, bring your textbook, and bring your questions.

Apply to be an SI Leader

If you are interested in becoming a Supplemental Instructor, please contact Stephanie O'Brian, Director of Supplemental Instruction at sobrian@harding.edu.  You may also contact Academic Advising at advising@harding.edu or call (501) 279-4531. 

SI Info for Faculty

An overview of the SI program

Developed by Dr. Deanna Martin in 1973 at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that increases student performance and retention.

  1. The SI program targets traditionally difficult academic courses--those that have a high rate of D or F grades and withdrawals--and provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer facilitated sessions.
  2. SI does not identify high-risk students, but rather identifies historically difficult classes.
  3. Assistance begins the first week of the term.
  4. SI sessions normally occur in classrooms near the course classroom instead of in a learning center.
  5. SI sessions are open to all students in the course and are attended on a voluntary basis free of charge.
  6. The SI leaders are the key people in the program. SI leaders are students who have demonstrated competence in this or in a comparable course.
  7. SI sessions are comprised of students of varying abilities, and no effort is made to segregate students based on academic ability. Since SI is introduced on the first day of classes and is open to all students in the class, SI is not viewed as remedial.

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Call Academic Advising at 501-279-4531 for additional information.

Tutoring

We provide well-trained academic tutors to equip students with the skills and resources necessary to be successful academically, professionally and personally.

Tutoring Hours

Sunday:6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Monday:8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Tuesday:8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Wednesday:8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday:8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Friday:8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Seminars

"Harding Hacks for the Academics" are presentations and workshops that offer students the opportunity to gain studying skills and include various topics aimed at fostering academic, personal and professional success.

Join us as we discuss timeless and contemporary issues and ideas.

Upcoming Events

Check back here soon for upcoming HU Hacks for the Academics!

Academic Coaching/Counseling

Academic coaching/counseling is available for everyone. Meet with an Academic Counselor to help you discover your own learning style and helpful learning strategies, as well as effective time management and other organizational skills.

We also provide some academic advising and connect students to additional resources available to them on campus.

DIY Learning Strategies

While we are always here to help, check out this list of Do-It-Yourself Learning Strategies to make sure you're in the right frame of mind for success. 

Helpful Links

TRIO Student Support Services

Federally-funded assistance program at Harding University

Virginia Tech Study Skills Self-help Information

Lots of info on learning strategies

Learning Disabilities Association

Advocating for individuals with learning disabilities

University of Minnesota

Study Strategies Homepage

Gain Better Study HabitsGreat resource for improving study skills

College Student Study Tips

Study tips for college students

Online CoursesView online courses from other universities

 

 

Contact Us

Academic Resources is part of the Center for Student Success
Student Center Room 236
advising@harding.edu
501-279-4531

Office Hours
Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm