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Academic Support Center

The Academic Support Center provides a variety of academic support services to help our students realize their educational and career goals. We help students recognize and build on their strengths and learn how to overcome or compensate for their weaknesses. Through developmental courses, peer tutoring, individual instruction, collaborative learning, and counseling, we work with students at all academic levels. We also provide academic support services to students with disabilities and work closely with the faculty to empower all students to be academically successful.

Disability Services

Learn about our disability services here.

Academic Support Center Courses

The Academic Support Center offers courses in basic math, intensive writing, and college reading and study skills. See the courses in the catalog here.

Writing Center

Click here for a PDF of the Writing Center schedule and walk-in hours. The Writing Center offers you a variety of services to help you write essays, research papers, compositions, and more. We offer:

  • Help with any part of a writing assignment
  • Advice on how to identify and target recurring problems in your writing
  • Resources such as handouts, references, and exercises
  • A friendly work environment
  • A good listener if you'd like to try out an idea

To prepare for a session with Writing Center staff, you should bring your assignment; a draft on paper or saved electronically if you'd like to work with a consultant at our computers; your notes, outline, or pre-writing; and your ideas and questions. We won't proofread or grade a paper for you, but we're happy to work with you on your writing.

Walk-in Hours (no appointment needed)

Summer hours: The Writing Center is closed for the summer. If you need help please contact Penny Sens or Regina Kengla.


If you'd like to make an appointment, email us at writingcenter@otterbein.edu. Appointments must be made at least three (3) days in advance. Check the schedule for appointment times, select a time that's convenient for you, email us, and we'll confirm that the time you chose is available.


We invite you to contact us at writingcenter@otterbein.edu with short, specific questions about your writing. We'll respond to you within 48 hours, Monday through Friday. It is important to keep in mind that we cannot read and respond to whole essays sent to us by email. If you would like to discuss an entire essay, we encourage you to visit us in the Writing Center. Schedule an appointment or stop in during our open hours.

Questions sent by email need to be specific and focused. Examples of questions that we can answer in response to your email:

  • Please take a look at my introduction. Does my thesis seem clear and functional?
  • How do I write a work-cited entry in MLA style for a personal interview?
  • Here is one of my supporting paragraphs. Are my quotations incorporated and my in-text citations correctly formatted in APA style?
  • How do I footnote in Chicago style?

Math Lab

The Otterbein University Math Lab provides free tutoring to support coursework in several math courses. There is no appointment necessary to get the help you need. Just call the Academic Support Center Office at (614) 823-1610 for information on the Math Lab schedule and offerings.

Click here for a PDF of the Math Lab schedule. A new schedule is printed each semester and copies are available in the Math Lab. 

Summer Hours: The Math Lab does not offer regular open hours during the summer. If you need help, please contact Penny Sens or call 823-1610 or Beth Derringer at bderringer@otterbein.edu or call 823-1823.

Content Area Tutoring

Click here to access the Content Area Tutoring request form. Please call the Administrative Assistant with any questions at (614) 823-1610.

Tutors in music and foreign languages should be arranged directly through those departments. Please contact Music at (614) 823-1508 and Modern Languages and Cultures at (614) 823-1361.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions in targeted courses for students taking historically difficult courses. SI is provided for all students in those courses who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. SI gives students the opportunity to get together with classmates to compare notes, discuss concepts, develop study strategies, and test themselves before the professor does. An SI leader, who is an ASC instructor or a competent upper-level student, guides students through the material. Attendance is voluntary. Click here to see the latest SI list (PDF).

/ Contact

Courtright Memorial Library, 2nd Floor


Office Hours
M- F:  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

p / 614.823.1610
f / 614.823.1983

Kristy Drobney
p / 614-823-1362
e / kdrobney@otterbein.edu

Beth Derringer
Coordinator, Math Support Services
p / 614.823.1823

Penny Sens
Administrative Assistant
p / 614-823-1610
e / psens@otterbein.edu

Regina Kengla
Reading/Writing Specialist
Academic Support Center
p / 614-823-1883
e / rkengla@otterbein.edu


Kera McClain Manley
Coordinator of Disabilities Services
p / 614-823-1618
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