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Gerstacker Academic Commons

The Gerstacker Academic Commons (GAC) offers all students' free academic programs, services, and resources that provide thoughtful conversations about disciplinary knowledge, university culture, and student success. Located on the second floor of the library, the GAC is a welcoming and inclusive face-to-face and online space that connects students with peer and professional tutors who provide academic assistance in a wide range of courses and disciplines. We provide essential tools and support for students of all academic levels through one-on-one tutoring, review sessions, service learning, workshops, supportive study spaces, and print/web resources. As a space for collaborative knowledge making, the GAC promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion through fostering the academic and professional growth of all students, with attention toward mentorship, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.

The GAC includes:

  • The Center for Academic Achievement
  • The Math and Physics Resource Center
  • The Writing Center

What the GAC Does

The GAC provides (free of charge):

  • Face-to-face and virtual one-on-one and small group tutoring
  • Academic support in a variety of subject areas, including writing, podcasting, communication, math, physics, biology, chemistry, accounting, economics, statistics, geography, history political science, psychology, sociology, study and reading skills
  • Group-based academic support such as review sessions, workshops, and tours
  • Professional development opportunities for student mentors that support both their work as tutors and in future careers

The GAC Recognizes:

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our mission and to student success at the university. We strive to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, age, citizenship, marital status, religion, veteran status, height, or weight.
  • Student success requires understanding and supporting the whole student and we strive to collaborate with units across campus to provide students with the opportunities and support necessary for academic, professional, and personal success.
  • We recognize student success as situated in a complex social context and strive to help students identify and navigate their best path forward.
  • We appreciate the important role that evidence-based practices, experiential learning, and innovation play in helping students succeed.

Center for Academic Achievement

The Center for Academic Achievement provides tutoring in a wide variety of subjects, including the following:

  • Business (Accounting, Economics, Statistics)
  • Computer Science
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry)
  • Social Science/General Studies

Click here to schedule an appointment.

Math and Physics Resource Center

The Math and Physics Resource Center provides tutoring for MATH 081-MATH 262 and PHYS 107-212.

Study materials for MATH 082–MATH 103 are available on our website as well. 

To schedule an appointment, access our online drop-in tutoring, or find this semester's hours, visit our website.


The Writing Center

The Writing Center encourages thoughtful conversations about communication, audience, and context, toward a more equitable and inclusive social future. The center offers space for peers to collaborate in considering how writing in any discipline or mode can be crafted and how communicative acts may be received, promoting essential inter-professional and communication skills. This means that the Writing Center is a powerful resource for students seeking to connect with peers and talk through what is going on within an assignment prompt, draft, presentation, or student audio recording (e.g. podcast episode).

No matter your dicipline, skill level, or point in the writing process, students are welcome to book an appointment to talk to one of our friendly student tutors or work in our multimedia lab, equipped with video and audio recording equipment. The center also offers a curated collection of student support materials, including writing guides and podcast episodes.



The Research Center

Need help with research for class assignments? Visit the Research Center desk on the 1st floor, for in-person assistance to complete class assignments. Assistance is also available using Library chat/text/email services.


Center for Academic Achievement
Zahnow 240
(989) 964-2221

Math & Physics Center
Second Floor, Zahnow Library
(989) 964-4648

Writing Center
Zahnow 250
(989) 964-6061