Academic Support Services

Academic Resources

We encourage and facilitate active learning so our students can be competent, confident and independent learners.

By doing so, we hope 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.

Coaching & Counseling

Academic coaching and counseling is available for everyone.

Discover your own learning style and helpful learning strategies, as well as effective time management and other organizational skills.


S: 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
M: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
T: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
W: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
TR: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
F: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Get the skills and resources necessary to be successful academically, professionally and personally.

DIY Learning Strategies

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

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 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.

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.

How often should I attend?

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.

Meet the SI Leaders

CHEM 121 Study Hacks: Seclude myself from the rest of the world/technology.

POLS 205 Study Hacks: Taking notes and making flash cards.

CHEM 122 Study Hacks: Using online flashcards and making/solving practice problems.

HIST 111 Study Hacks: I use my notes to recreate the lecture. Then do it again.

HIST 110 Study Hacks: Caffeine and Quizlet.

SI Observer Study Hacks: Repetition, find a study partner and create your own study guides.

CHEM 121 Study Hacks: Study daily and explain it to others.

CHEM 121 Study Hacks: When you hear it in class, you should be hearing it for the second time. Read ahead.

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  You may also contact Academic Advising at 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.

Copyright, The Curators of the University of Missouri, 1996

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



"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.

All seminars will be held in McInteer 150 at 4pm

September 6 - Resource Replay: What does HU have to offer you? A recap of the Center for Student Success and other resources you need to be aware of in order to make your time at HU as successful as possible.

September 13 - Ain't Nobody Got Time for That! How to juggle all the aspects of life as an HU student and manage your time wisely!

September 20 - Outside the Box - Figuring out what learning tips and tricks work best for you and your learning style. Discovering how to study both effectively and efficiently.

October 4 - A?B?C? Please Help Me! A seminar for those who struggle with tests - the preparation as well as the taking.

October 25 - Low-funds Fun: Budget friendly activities for friends on a budget. *Co-sponsored with CAB

November 8 - The Stress Mess - How to recognize when your are in over your head and what to do about it!

Additional Resources

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 Habits

Great resource for improving study skills

College Student Study Tips

Study tips for college students

Online Courses

View online courses from other universities



Meet Our Staff

Kevin Kehl Kevin Kehl, Ed.D

 Director, First Year Experience

 Director, Academic Resources



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 working for Healing Hands ministry.


Contact Us

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

Location: Student Center 236