Learning Support

Email is the official means of communication and you should set this up on your phone. However, if you want to forward your oberlin.edu email  here are some instructions for setting it up.


Blackboard Help / Issues

Mudd 052
Open: M-F 9-4p
Help related to Blackboard.

The Writing Center & Speaking Center

  • Oberlin College Library – Mudd Center, 1st Floor
    148 West College Street
    Oberlin, OH 44074
    440-775-8285 (library)

The Writing Center provides free drop-in writing consultation for students working on academic assignments for any class and on any topic. The Center is staffed by student Writing Associates and welcomes all writers to a one-on-one writing session throughout the semester at any stage of their writing process.

All sessions in 2020-21 will be online. Drop-in hours are Monday through Friday 8-10PM ET, Sunday 2-5PM ET, and Sunday through Thursday 7–11PM ET.  See our full schedule of drop-in hours and appointments here. Writing Associates are eager to work with students! Students can: 1. drop in with an on-call WA, or  2. make an appointment, start here.

The Center for Learning, Education, and Research in the Sciences

Science Center A263
Provides help with assignments of a quantitative nature. The CLEAR Center aims to help students strengthen their understanding of quantitative and formal reasoning skills by providing peer support and tutoring as well as workshops and learning sessions for basic and advanced math and quantitative skills common across different disciplines.

CLEAR roster of hours, days and links here, CLEAR schedule for this semester is here.

Center for Information Technology (CIT) Help Desk

1st Floor Mudd
Open: M-Th 9-9p, F 9-6p
Sat 12-5p, Sun 12-9p
Support with accounts (PRESTO, ObieID, OberView) and hardware issues.

Office of Disabilities Services (ODS)

Peters Hall Room G-27
Open: M-F 8-5p
Support for students with disabilities to secure accommodations in courses and living environments. Will assist students with exam and lecture accommodations. More info here.

Student Help and Resources Exchange (SHARE) Referral

Provided by the Dean of Students office
Wilder Hall, Room 105
Open: M-F
This form can be used to refer a student whose behavior may appear distressed or disruptive and may be a cause of concern. The Student Help And Resource Exchange (SHARE) team reviews the information you provide, takes the most appropriate level of action, and makes the necessary referrals and support. Using the form, please describe student behaviors of concern and related information. By referring this behavior, you become an important link in securing a safe and healthy campus environment. More info here.

Tutoring Services

There are several ways to access free tutoring services at Oberlin College. Peer Tutors provide individual and group tutoring for many classes through Student Academic Success Programs Tutorial Program.

The CLEAR Center offers drop-in tutoring specifically for quantitative skills required to succeed in the sciences. CLEAR roster of hours, days and links here, CLEAR schedule for this semester is here.

Other academic departments and/or teaching faculty may provide tutors and/or tutoring services as part of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to ask course instructor(s) for more information.

Contact donna.allen@oberlin.edu for information about tutoring or more info here.

Library Liaisons (LL)

1st Floor Mudd
By appointment and individual offices
Library Liaisons coordinate efforts in assigned subject areas and provide support for students on research, material collection, and planning.  Find the schedule here

Oberlin College Media Center (OCMC)

1st Floor Mudd
To set up an appointment — send us an email with the problem, we’ll get back to you asap
Assistance with projects/assignments involving specific software, 3D printing, video, audio, web development, etc. The Oberlin College Media Center (OCMC), operated by OCTET, is an on-demand service that connects technically trained students with courses, faculty, staff, and other students to increase media literacy, exploration, innovation and helps students to fulfill or extend class assignments.

Student Academic Success Programs at the Center for Student Success

Peters Hall, Room 118
Student Academic Success Programs provide academic supports and related services to all Oberlin College and Conservatory Students. Example services include tutoring, Learning Enhancement Across the Disciplines (LEAD) courses, and special advising. Contact: donna.allen@oberlin.edu for more information, or more here.

Audio/Visual Services (A/V)

4th Floor Mudd
Open: M-F 8:30a-8p
A/V provides equipment to be used for classes and other curriculum related projects.

Academic Advising Resource Center/Registrar (AARC)

Carnegie Building
101 North Professor Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
440-775-8450, 775-8828
Academic Advising Resource Center/Registrar (AARC) staff are available to assist students with course selections and scheduling, academic and degree planning, and registration. Students are invited to set up a meeting with an AARC advisor and/or to use online tools to help them stay on track academically. To contact staff at the Registrar start here. To speak to an advisor in the AARC start here.

Faculty Office Hours

Students are strongly encouraged to notify their assigned academic/major advisor and course instructor(s) of any questions or concerns they may have. Oberlin’s faculty and staff can assist students directly and indirectly, by connecting them with other campus resources.

Learning Enhancement Across Disciplines (LEAD)

Learning Enhancements Across Disciplines (LEAD) courses are co-curricular credit-bearing courses that have the goal of empowering students to be successful in all academic courses, with offerings in areas such as study strategies, reading strategies, quantitative skills, stress reduction, peer helping skills, and individual studies. Please see LEAD courses in the course catalog. Operated by SASP.

Library Reserve

Reserve FAQ for Conservatory
Reserve Procedures for College

Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Carnegie Building 204
52 West Lorain Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is available to assist any member of the Oberlin community who may have questions or concerns specific to issues of non-discrimination and harassment.

Office of the Dean of Students

Wilder Hall, Room 105
135 West Lorain Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
Staff of Office of the Dean of Students will advise students about academic and personal matters and help them identify appropriate campus resources.

The Oberlin Workshop and Learning Sessions (OWLS)

The Oberlin Workshop and Learning Sessions (OWLS) program is based on the supplemental instruction (SI) model. Sessions are held to complement course lectures and are facilitated by a student—i.e., an OWLS leader—who has taken the course previously and attends class alongside the current students. OWLS is not a replacement for one-on-one tutoring or professor office hours, but it does offer a fun and free method that positively impacts student learning. For information on what courses are supported by OWLS in the current semester, please see the Center for Learning, Education, and Research in the Sciences (CLEAR) website.

Resource Librarian

Oberlin College Library
148 West College Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
You can ask a librarian by scheduling a one-on-one research appointment, emailing, calling on chatting online.

Special Advising

Students often have general questions or concerns about their college experience. Oberlin has special advising in place to help students connect with appropriate campus and community supports. These include Peer Advising Leaders (PALS) for first-year students, the Student Help and Resource Exchange (SHARE) in the event of concerning behavior, and special advising (i.e., first-generation, low-income) through the Center for Student Success.

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