Strengthening the Pack

Your goal is our goal - academic success! We'll help you develop a strategy to achieve your academic goals based on your individual needs. Want to remove barriers to success and maximize your academic potential? Academic Support can help.

Connect with the Student Success Center 


Academic coaching is an intentional process to help students achieve their academic goals. In a positive and supportive environment, students can meet one-on-one with the student achievement specialist to identify barriers or areas of improvement, establish goals, and create a game plan for academic success. Academic coaching is free and available to all students. 


Academic Coaching Topics

  • Learning and study strategies 
  • Time management
  • Test preparation
  • Organization and planning
  • Avoiding procrastination
  • Goal setting
  • Motivation
  • Confidence
  • Reducing academic stress and anxiety
  • Transitioning from high school to college



Need some guidance or advice on ways to help you succeed in your classes? Looking for a change in your study habits or how you prepare? Our Learning Tools and Resources are here to help. For more information, please contact the Student Success Center at 605-626-7782.





Whether you are a first-year student looking to start on the right path or a more experienced student wanting to reach your potential, check out our Student Success GOLD Series. These workshops and programs provide Great Opportunities for Learning and Development (GOLD), and is designed to help empower students to pursue their academic and personal potential through exploring various topics that focus on areas most helpful to student success. Check the Student Success Center Calendar for details.



For Northern employees and campus organizations, Academic Support is available for presentations as part of the Student Success GOLD Series Guest initiative. Topics can include:

  • Effective studying skills
  • Time management
  • Fighting procrastination
  • Test-taking
  • Goal setting and motivation
  • Note-taking
  • Organization and planning
  • Reducing academic stress, and
  • Metacognition (thinking about how you think)

If you would like us to visit your classroom, please contact the Student Success Center at 605-626-7782 at least two weeks in advance.



The PACK (Pursuit of Academic Commitment and Knowledge) program offers an academic on-ramp for students who are on probation or have been provisionally accepted back to Northern.



Please visit the Opportunity Center to find more resources to assist you in your academic journey. Resources include tutoring and supplemental instruction, math help center, writing assistance, academic advising, Career Services, Counseling Services and more.