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Lacerte Family Writing & Academic Resource Center

Academic Counseling

Support for Students Experiencing Academic Difficulty

The Lacerte Family Writing and Academic Resource Center provides support for students experiencing academic difficulty or who are on academic probation.

Probation Status

A student’s probation status is determined by academic performance in the prior semester; probational students are notified of their status by the academic dean. Students who have made unsatisfactory academic progress in the prior semester are referred to the Center, and those who achieved a GPA below 2.0 are required to make and maintain contact.

Academic Counseling Appointments

Students should make an appointment with the appropriate director to review their academic history and determine what support may help them to have a successful current semester. Options can include the following:

  • ongoing appointments to focus on time management and executive skills, note-taking strategies, and reading issues
  • work with a writing tutor to address written assignments
  • sessions with peer tutors for course-specific content tutoring
  • individual appointments for academic counseling and problem solving

Mid-term evaluations are requested from instructors of all students on academic probation and this feedback is shared with students. Staff also provides advocacy and referrals to other support resources, as needed.

To make an appointment, or for more information, contact Assistant Director Matt Phelan at 617-824-7874 or by email at Matthew_Phelan@emerson.edu.


Support for Transfer Students

The Lacerte Family Writing and Academic Resource Center provides academic support for transfer students as they transition to Emerson College.

Workshops & Appointments

During Orientation week, the WARC program director schedules a workshop for transfer students to review their status and to introduce them to available services.

During the first two weeks of classes, the director also meets with transfer students in individual appointments to review their current courses and determine what academic support might be appropriate to ensure a successful first year. Mutually determined options can include the following:

  • ongoing appointments with a writing tutor to focus on written assignments
  • work with a peer tutor for course-specific content tutoring
  • individual sessions to address time management and study skills, including note-taking and reading issues
  • appointments as needed for academic counseling and problem solving

Mid-semester evaluations are requested from instructors of all transfer students and this feedback is shared with students.

To make an appointment, contact Assistant Director Matt Phelan at 617-824-7874 or Matthew_Phelan@emerson.edu.