Our handouts serve as a collection of advice and guidelines compiled by our tutors and mentors on some of the most common issues that college students encounter. While nothing is quite as good as going to the source (your professor, the course textbook, the appropriate style manual, etc.), our handouts can help you understand the basics of academic writing or navigate a new topic.

Handouts are available in Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf) and can be used as portable, digital documents or convenient on-demand printouts.

Want to use our handouts in your class? Please feel free to link directly to our website or resources. Additionally, if you want a more in-depth apporach, please feel free to request a collaboration with the ASC and one of our student employees.

Student Resources

One of our goals at the Academic Success Center is to ensure that all Bearkats are equipped with the necessary tools for success. Below is a collection of online and on-campus resources available to students to help with their success. Please note that these resources are not managed by the ASC.

  • Online Resources

    Purdue OWL

    Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is the gold standard for citation/style guide supplements and a pioneer in online citation support. If you are unable to find the answer in our handouts, Purdue's OWL is the next best place to start

  • On-campus Resources

    Newton Gresham Library (NGL)

    For help with finding research or accessing the library databases, the Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University provides access for students enrolled at the university.

    Student Money Management Center (SMMC)

    The Student Money Management Center (SMMC) is a financial outreach and educational program that is administered by the Division of Enrollment Management. The SMMC offers personal, one-on-one coaching sessions about your personal finances in order for you to be a successful Bearkat!

    Career Services

    SHSU Career Services’ mission is to provide quality resources, programming and compassionate support needed to educate and empower our students and alumni to achieve life-long career success. Students looking to have résumés and cover letters reviewed should visit Career Services for this type of tutoring and feedback.

Math 1314 Resources

Precalculus Algebra covers the fundamental mathematical calculations required of working with a single unknown, the skills necessary throughout the sciences. Specifically, this course is focused on the definitions, properties, and applications of the elementary functions from algebra that are used in the sciences including the polynomial, rational, power, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

Math 1314 Pre-Calculus Resources

Measure of a Life Contest (2)

Measure of a Life Essay Contest

The Academic Success Center, in partnership with the Center for Community Engagement and Office of the Provost, is happy to announce the “measure of a Life” Essay Contest is back!

Purpose: To showcase SHSU undergraduate students’ commitment to civic engagement and the betterment of their communities.

Students eligible: The contest is open to all SHSU students currently enrolled full time at Sam Houston State University in undergraduate programs in the spring 2022 and Fall 2022 semesters.

Prompt: We are looking for short, personal narratives demonstrating the theme “The measure of a Life is its Service.” We want true stories of SHSU students committed to extraordinary service and civic engagement. Essays may feature personal, first-hand experiences or may showcase service observed in others.

Prizes: Scholarships will be awarded to first place ($1,000), second place ($750), and third place ($250) submissions 

Submission: The original essay should be submitted to measureofalife@shsu.edu by March 18th, 2022.

For more information, visit the Center for Community Engagement contest page, or email your questions to smb145@shsu.edu.