Student Success Center

Free academic support services

At St. Ambrose, we provide you with an abundance of resources to help you thrive, including free tutoring, study groups, and supplemental instruction.

All Student Success Center services are available to undergraduates and provided in a low-pressure setting.

Student Success Center on MySAU Portal

For all undergraduates


In-Person Tutoring

Pair your determination and dedication with a tutor or join a study group. The Student Success Center provides academic support including tutoring, study groups, and supplemental instruction. Scroll down for more information.

Hone your study skills

students studying

Making sense from the notes you took in class or a lab is a skill you learn and practice – over and over. We'll help you learn time management skills and how to study so you get the most out of lectures.

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Where Students Help Students Succeed

From the AmbroseZine:

The St. Ambrose Student Success Center is tucked cozily into the first-floor corner of Ambrose Hall that formerly served as the Registrar's Office.

As students filter in and out of the door, it's impossible not to notice the comfortable exchange of smiles and friendly greetings. Filled with tables, whiteboards, and snacks, the new office space made its debut in January of 2016. It houses 45 tutors, all students themselves, who devote hours each week helping nearly a quarter of SAU's undergraduate students reach their highest potential.

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Enlist Our Help

Peer Tutoring

We can supplement what you learn in the classroom. Join small-group tutoring and study group sessions for 100- and 200-level courses led by other students who have been through the same classes as you. They can help you better understand the course content and develop study strategies. 

Writing Tutorials

Do you need help writing an undergraduate paper? Our student tutors can help with all phases of the writing process, including clarifying and organizing ideas, drafting and revising, and properly citing sources. Come in to get face-to-face assistance or submit your paper online.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental instruction can help you navigate courses that are traditionally difficult, such as Organic Chemistry or Anatomy.

You'll get help from other students - usually juniors or seniors - who already have taken the course and are proficient in the material. They attend the same lectures as you, so they're up to speed on what's been covered. Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders also will encourage you and offer tips and information to increase your learning. 

Study Skills and Time Management

We can help you adjust to the additional demands of college, such as time management and developing good study habits. Our goal is for you to succeed. 


Tinette Stoner, Assistant Director of Student Success
Sarah Rissler, PhD, Director of Student Success
Jennifer Schmidt-McCormick, Coordinator of Success Programs


Sarah Rissler, PhD

Student Success Center
Ambrose Hall, 1st floor
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? Click on the visit button below to learn more about our virtual and in-person visit options.