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EIU Academic Support Center

Welcome to The academic support Center

Our mission is to provide comprehensive programs and holistic services that will empower students and connect them with the resources they need to achieve both academic and personal goals. 


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NEW Technology Checkout!

Struggling with internet connection at home? Webcam not working during online lectures? The Center for Student Innovation has an excellent resource for all students who may be distance learning. Check out the information below!


Our Technology Checkout Stations provide laptop computers, webcams and other technology to aid students working remotely. Students may check out needed equipment with their Panther Card for a limited time period. Have a question about a particular piece of software or hardware? Our staff can help! Booth Library has opened two Technology Checkout Stations on the EIU campus: at the library's Center for Student Innovation and in the lower level of Thomas Hall. The Booth CSI is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Thomas Hall location is closed for the summer and will reopen for the fall 2021 semester.

The following items are available for checkout. Their loan periods are listed. All patrons must sign an agreement certifying they take responsibility for the item(s) and their safe and timely return.

Available at the Booth CSI:

  • Dell 3510 i3 256/16 laptops - 2 weeks
  • MiFi Hotspots (Mobile WiFi) - 3 days
  • Webcams - 3 days
  • Microphone/Speakers - 3 days
  • GoPro Fusion 360 cameras - 3 days
  • Canon (mirrorless) digital cameras - this equipment is not yet available

Available at Thomas Hall:

  • Surface Book 3 laptops - 2 weeks
  • Webcams - 3 days
  • Microphones - 3 days
  • Mini-tripods - 3 days

Patrons are charged a monetary fee for overdue items and a replacement cost for lost, stolen, or damaged library materials. Your official academic records will be withheld until all fines have been resolved through Booth Library's Circulation Services.

Funding for the technology checkout program at both the CSI and at Thomas Hall was provided through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund."



 Tips and Tricks for Students!

Looking for advice on how to be the awesome student we know you can be? Look no further!

Please call the office (217-581-6696) to make an appointment with an Academic Coach for advice from our team here at the Academic Support Center!

Get Organized - College life involves a ton of academic responsibilities topped off with a huge dose of social activities. It’s challenging to balance work and fun. Get and stay organized so you can succeed and have time for friends! (and yourself!)
Note Taking - Better notes will help you remember concepts, develop meaningful learning skills, and gain a better understanding of a topic. Effective notes will even lead to less stress when test time comes around!
Stay Motivated - It can be hard for students to stay productive, focused, and motivated while studying or doing homework. Being productive and motivated can lead to more time for relaxation and fun!
Study Tips - Studying – it’s the most dreaded activity by college students everywhere, but it’s a necessity when it comes to maintaining good grade and acquiring a degree. 
Project Planning - Projects often require extensive time and energy. Therefore, it is important to plan and give yourself the time you need to complete projects to the best of your ability!
Time Management - Time is one of the most important resources available to students. Effective time management is a difficult skill that takes a lot of practice to acquire and it is okay to feel overwhelmed!
Making Decisions - The process of making a decision can be life-changing and students are often faced with a multitude of decisions daily. It is important to weigh all of the options and remember that decisions do not have to be made alone.
Connecting With Faculty - EIU faculty and professors all have one thing in common...they are here for you!
Campus Resources - It is so important to remember that you are not alone! EIU has so many campus resources available to all students in order to help them succeed on their journey to academic success.
Envision Your Future - Keep the finish line in sight.

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What We Do for Current Students

Academic Support offers a variety of options to help you get the grades you want. Browse through the academic resources here at the Virtual SS, attend a Workshop, or make an appointment for an Individualized Consultation where you will meet with an advisor who can help you develop an action plan to reach your goals.



"I faced problems with time management, procrastination, and studying. Now, I schedule my own study hours and my grades in challenging courses have improved."
~Aramis Smith

View Aramis' entire interview here

See other SS All-Star interviews here.

See what other students are saying here.   

ASC Tip of the Week

Feeling unmotivated? Struggling with mental health? The pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on college students nationwide. For advice in coping with the stress of college specifically related to COVID-19 along with helpful resources, check out this link! Always remember that we here at the ASC value your health and well-being as well as your academic success. 




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McAfee Gym, Room 1336
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6696

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