Academic Studies Center & Writing Lab

The Academic Studies Center (ASC) is an important adjunct to Coastal’s instructional program. As both a tutorial lab and testing center, the ASC houses English tutors to assist Coastal’s curriculum and Continuing Education students with their writing assignments. Additionally, qualified instructors are available to tutor Basic Skills and Continuing Education students in reading, writing, and math at basic and intermediate levels in the lab environment. Student learning is also enhanced through the use of up-to-date software programs in the computer lab. Children, cell phones, food and drinks are not allowed in the Academic Studies Center/Writing Lab.

The ASC also houses a testing center for those students who need to test for placement into a Continuing Education or Basic Skills program and for those who need to make up a missed test for a curriculum class. CCCC student ids are required for curriculum make-up testing and current, government issued ids are required for all other testing. Curriculum make-up testing may occur any time the Academic Studies Center is open. Basic Skills and Continuing Education testing may occur Monday – Wednesday.

Located in the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, room 200, the Center is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am – 9:00 pm and Friday from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm. Appointments are not necessary as students are seen on a first come, first serve basis. Fees are required only for individual proctored testing, which must be scheduled through the Basic Skills office, (910) 938-6775.

The Writing Lab

The Writing Lab is housed within the Academic Studies Center and has the same hours of operation as the ASC. The Writing Lab is only for CCCC students who are completing an assignment for a CCCC class. Papers/assignments are to be typed, double spaced, and the student is asked to bring in two copies as well as a copy of the assignment’s instructions and class textbook(s). Students are served on a first come, first serve basis and are GREATLY ENCOURAGED to come many days or week(s) prior to when the assignment is due, not the same day the assignment is due. The Lab is at its busiest between 10 am  – 2 pm; therefore, students are encouraged to come the other times the tutors are available. Students may also bring the same assignment in numerous times for tutoring assistance but must realize they may not see the same tutor every time. The sessions with a Writing Instructor are tutorial sessions; the Writing Lab is not an editorial service. The Writing Lab instructors’ purpose is to tutor, not find every mistake or write the paper for the student. Papers cannot be simply dropped off and the student must actively participate in the tutorial session.