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Online Student Resources

**Academic Success Center**

The Academic Success Center offers assistance to students who wish to improve their study skills. They offer workshops on topics such as time management, note-taking, and goal setting. For more information, visit their website at or call 217-581-6696.

Check out the EIU workshop videos:

**Career Services**

Eastern Illinois University has excellent Career Services counselors and we strongly encourage all students to take advantage of their knowledge and assistance. Some of the services available through this office include self-discovery assessment tools to help you identify your strengths, values, and career interests; advice on how to draft a resume and cover letter; advice on how to research an employer and prepare for an interview; and suggestions for personal development (how to dress, how to present yourself). The web address for the Career Services page is, or you could call their office at 217-581-2412.

**Disability Services**

Eastern Illinois University is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to all students with disabilities. Based upon a student's documented disability and assessment of needs, the Office of Disability Services will determine the type of individualized services and accommodations that can be provided to support that student. For more information, visit their website at, or call 217-581-6583.

**Financial Aid**

The Office of Financial Aid is committed to serving students by providing them information to secure financial resources necessary to meet their educational goals and financial obligations to the university. The Financial Aid website provides a number of resources to help you learn more about the many options available to pay for your education, such as grants, loans, and veteran and military benefits. Visit their website at For additional information, contact:

Carol Waldmann, Associate Director
Email:; Phone: 217-581-6405


Eastern Illinois University’s Booth Library has a wealth of electronic publications and offers assistance to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Off-campus students who need instruction in utilizing electronic resources are encouraged to contact a librarian for help. To speak with a librarian, please go to and click on Ask a Librarian.

For an online tutorial on how to locate a single article or to gather information for a class paper, go to

Library Information for EIU Distance Learning Students, go to


OASIS is a support group for nontraditional students. Monthly meetings are held on campus, usually in the University Union building over the lunch hour, in order to give adult learners the opportunity to share stories with other nontraditional students and to attend informative workshops. For information on OASIS meetings, please send an email to Find them on Facebook!

**Online Courses**

Students can access their online courses at

For those students who have never taken an internet class and are not sure if they are well suited to that mode of course delivery, there are online assessment tools available:

Is eLearning for Me? (self-evaluation)
What Makes a Successful Online Student?
Tips for Online Success

**Technical Assistance**

In order to provide technology support to our nontraditional students, the School of Continuing Education has a technology professional on staff (Cheryl) to answer a variety of how-to questions, troubleshoot problems with internet connection, assist with obtaining student passwords, etc. Students can reach Cheryl by phone at 217-581-7227 or by email at

**Tips for searching Eastern's website**

A handy search tool available on the University homepage is the A-Z index in the top right-hand corner of your screen. Clicking “A-Z” will bring up the alphabet and then you can select the letter that corresponds with the first word in the name of the department you are seeking. For example, if you’d like to find the site for Textbook Rental Services, click on the letter “T”.

Another way to search the EIU website is through the “search” which is also located in the top right-hand corner of your screen. Simply enter the name of the department you are seeking. To find contact information for an instructor, enter that individual’s name in the search box.

**Writing Center**

Effective writing is crucial to academic and professional success and Eastern Illinois University has a writing center to help students craft documents such as academic essays, term papers, memoranda, and professional reports. Consultants at the Writing Center collaborate with writers to help them discover and organize their ideas, assist them in producing effective and cogent support for them, and offer advice on effective methods for revising and editing their work.

The Writing Center is not a proofreading or editing service. Rather, it is a place where students can learn how to become more thoughtful, independent, and rhetorically effective writers.

For online students, we have two options available that offer consulting sessions: telephone or Skype conferencing. To arrange for either type of session, call the EIU Writing Center at (217) 581-5929. Once a session is scheduled, send your paper via email attachment to, so the consultant has a copy to read during your session.

One resource that can assist you at any time is the "Resources for Writers" page: This page offers numerous links to writing-related resources and downloadable handouts.

The Writing Center has web cameras which make consultations with off-campus students possible. Here is a link to the Writing Center website Their phone number is 217-581-5929.

Students may use the EIU Writing Lab at Parkland College

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School of Continuing Education

600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-5114

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