Academic Resources

Academic Resources

Allen College is dedicated to helping its students succeed.  Academic Resources are created to assist students in achieving academic success.  Our aim is to partner with academe to enhance and support your total academic experience and to promote your academic achievement and retention.  Assistance is available with time management, study skills, note taking, writing, overcoming test anxiety, test taking strategies, and other areas related to student success.  Referrals are made for students requiring assistance with severe test anxiety and other needs not provided directly by the Retention Coordinator.

In addition to the online resources that can be accessed through the Academic Resources webpage, face-to-face seminars are held which cover many of the same topics.  The schedules for these seminars are posted in the announcements section of the Student Services Course in Blackboard.   Announcements are also posted around the college to identify the topic of each week’s seminars.  For additional information, contact the Retention Coordinator.

Dana Wedeking, MSN, RN
Retention Coordinator
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Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
for appointments or on a drop-in basis
(other times by appointment)

Helpful Study Skills Links This site offers you tips for making and following a study schedule.  Explore the site further for additional information related to time management and studying.  This site is a great resource for nursing and allied health.  It contains organizational, learning, memory, and test taking resources.  See the “How to Write and How to Study – by subject” area.  Under Nursing, click on "Your Context for Success".  This site includes a variety of academic resources as well as some APA guidelines.  This site contains a virtual pamphlet collection on a variety of Student Services and Counseling topics  Use the Assignment Calculator on this site to develop a step-by-step plan to tackle your writing or presentation task.  Each step in the process includes links to help you master that step.  Contains great time management resources, including planner templates to help you organize your time.   Improve your study skills by learning how to enhance your memory.  Learning principles are defined and additional information is given.  Excellent guides for both classroom and online learning, writing, critical thinking, and more.  Great site if you haven’t done any writing for a while and need to brush up on the steps of the writing process.  Excellent resource—contains multiple handouts to help you with various aspects of your writing, including introductions, conclusions, and style.   Excellent resource for note-taking strategies, finding a note-taking technique that works for you, and tips to improve your note taking.   This site offers numerous resources related to time management to help you to reduce your stress level and enable you to feel that you do have some control of your life, even when you feel like it is running away with you.

Allen College Resources

  1. The Tip of the Week is a regular feature of the Student Services course in Blackboard (the eLearning portion of many of your courses).  You should be enrolled in the Student Services Course - contact Student Services at 319-226-2014 if it is not listed in your Blackboard courses.  The Tip of the Week will be in the announcements of this course and should appear every Wednesday or Thursday.  These tips will cover a variety of topics, from common punctuation mistakes that I see in papers to how to reference a site that you found on the web to tips for time management and more.  Check them out on a regular (weekly!) basis and let me know if you would like additional information on any of the topics.
  2. Student Lingo is a series of workshops that you can access 24/7 at .  These workshops will give you information on time management, note-taking, test-taking, studying, and writing.  The writing workshops include one on avoiding plagiarism that you should view if you have any doubts about your ability to cite or paraphrase adequately .  Check out all of the writing workshops before starting to work on your first paper.
  3. ( offers you one-on-one help from a live tutor in the areas of English, Nursing, and Allied Health.  The English tutors are available 24/7 and will help you to address a variety of writing issues, including sentence structure, organization of your thoughts, thesis development, punctuation and grammar, and APA formatting.  The allied health tutors are also available 24/7 and will assist you with anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and biology.  The nursing tutors are available Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the topic areas of Medical-Surgical nursing, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Nursing Care Plans.  The first time that you sign in to, you will use your Allen College (.edu) email and the password “tutor.”  For more information on this resource, see the announcement in the link on the homepage of the Student Services course in Blackboard.

    Please note:  If you are seeking help with your writing, please use the English tutors.  If you are seeking help with content-related issues of your paper or if you would like help with your learning and studying, use the nursing and allied health tutors.
  4. TurnItIn is a resource that you can use to check a paper for plagiarism issues before you submit it to your instructor.  While the site cannot tell you if you have formatted a citation correctly (use for that or stop in and ask me questions), use of the site will help you to identify areas where you may not have paraphrased adequately.  Additional information on using this resource is found in the announcements in the Student Services course of Blackboard and on the landing page when you click on the TurnItIn link in the Student Services Course.  Be sure to read the information about interpreting the originality report..
  5. Tutoring is available for a few of the classes at the college.  Please refer to the tutoring announcement for information about the available tutors and how to contact them.
  6. is an automated grammar tutor and  revision tool for academic writing.  After uploading your draft, you will receive immediate instructional feedback on over 100 point of grammar and some punctuation.  Access Grammarly at  The first time that you use Grammarly, click on Create an Account and fill in the requested information (Name, institutional email, password).  Using your email will give you access to Grammarly.  You will receive an email containing a link that you will use to activate your account.  The next time you sign in, use your email and the password that you created. 
  7. Allen's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers unlimited, free, confidential assessment, short-term counseling, and referral, if necessary, to Allen College students to address
    • personal issues (marriage, divorce, grief/loss, parenting, etc.),
    • mental health concerns (depression, general or test anxiety, etc.), and/or
    • job/school-related issues (stress, work conflicts, etc.).

No one lives a life without problems.  When you are faced with challenges or concerns in your personal, home, or work life, EAP can be an important source of support for you.  You do not need a referral to contact EAP, simply call 319-235-3550 or toll-free 1-800-303-9996 to schedule a confidential appointment or to request additional information about their services. When you call, identify yourself as an Allen College student.

EAP is open Monday – Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm, and Friday, 8 am to 3 pm. The after-hours crisis call number is (319) 235-HELP (235-4357).  Some evening appointments are also available.

        8.   Success Seminars are held regularly throughout the semester and will cover a variety of topics
              that deal with your success in college and beyond.  Posters in the bathrooms on campus will
              tell you the topics of the seminars for the current week.  Times and places for the seminars will
              be posted in the Student Services course announcements.
        9.   The Allen College Retention Coordinator (that’s me).  Please feel free to call, email, or stop in if
              you are having any difficulties.

If you have received academic accommodations in the past and would like to receive them at Allen College, you will need to complete the paperwork for this.  Please see me or Dr. Nancy Kramer for more information.  Remember that if you wish to have special accommodations for your licensure or certification exam, you may need to show that you received those accommodations while you were completing your course work (this is required for NCLEX-RN).  For your specific certification/licensure, check with the issuing organization for requirements

Mental Health Screening for you or a family member

If you have been feeling down, anxious or concerned about your wellbeing or the wellbeing of someone you care about, this free on-line screening tool may help you decide if you should connect with someone who can help.

This is a free, voluntary and anonymous on-line screening and referral program offered at no cost to you as a student at Allen College.  This online screening tool allows you to take a self-assessment for any of the following mental health concerns:  depression, bipolar, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol problems and adolescent depression.    Completion of any of the screenings will afford you access to immediate feedback, treatment resources, and educational information regarding each mental health concern.  We encourage you to take advantage of this valuable screening tool.  Please be assured that all responses are strictly confidential and are designed solely with your wellbeing in mind.  A link to the On-Line Mental Health Screen can be accessed from the Allen Employee Assistance Program website at

Additional Writing and APA Resources

APA Review - Basic Formatting Rules

For help with “Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism,” see the Student Lingo workshop by this name.  Go to to access the plagiarism workshop.  Avoid unintentional plagiarism due to a lack of knowledge about what constitutes plagiarism.   The OWL at Purdue is a great resource for you if you have questions about APA format. This is an excellent resource for any questions you may have about grammar and punctuation.  Keep a link on your desktop.

Creating a Different First Page Header in APA Style

Guidelines for Referencing Electronic Sources in APA Style

How to Cite Something You Found on a Website in APA Style

Citing Legal Material in APA Style

DOI and URL Flowchart

Using Commas (and other punctuation)

Help for Writing Your Resume  Although this guide is titled The Complete Guide to Resume Writing for Nursing Students and Alumni, there is valuable information for you, no matter what program you are in.  If you have questions or would like some help with your resume, please contact the Retention Coordinator.

Medication Calculation Resources