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Finding success in a virtual academic environment 

Welcome to Rocky's Resources! We are committed to assisting students in finding success in virtual academic environments.

General Support and Assistance 

Rocky’s Resources and the University Advising and Academic Support Center offer support and academic skill development.

To see information about support and tutoring, including the schedule, click here.

To get assistance and set up an appointment, please email


Tips to be a Successful Online Student

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Video Success Workshops 

Click below to explore videos focused on assisting you in finding academic success:

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Support Services  

Campus Recreation

The Campus Recreation team is continually updating their facebook page with great information on how to stay healthy and also provide weekly home workout tips. Click here to see options to experience recreation and leisure while practicing social distancing. Staff are also available to answer any programming information via email regarding club sports, intramurals, aquatics, and fitness services.

Fill out this form to get in contact with the campus recreation team!

Career Development

The Career Development Center is ready to assist virtually through development of resumes, cover letters, mock interview and interview assistance,  job and internship searching, career navigation, and graduate school applications. 

Email  to set up an appointment.

Financial Aid

The team in the Office of Financial Aid is available to assist students with questions and support.

Email for assistance.

Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center is ready to support students virtually through 1:1 appointments, social media cultural and educational campaigns, remote programming and discussions. Staff will continue to provide emotional and cultural support to help students adjust and adapt to a virtual environment. 

Email to set up an appointment or fill out this form .

Scholarship Office

The Scholarship Office team is available to answer questions and check the status of applications and outside scholarships. 

The scholarship Office can be contacted by email at .

Student Development and Success Center

The  Student Development and Success Center is available to assist you via phone and email with disability resources, referral services, withdrawal questions, and more. 

Please call 309-298-1884 or email  for assistance.  

Office of Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement is available and ready to assist students and student organizations virtually with holding meetings, conducting business such as voting and elections, student organization registration, and future event planning.  Additionally, the Office of Student Engagement can help student organization members stay engaged with virtual programming and executive board members stay on task with virtual meeting tips.

Email for questions or to make a virtual appointment .

University Union Bookstore

The University Union Bookstore continues to take online orders during this time on their website and is offering free ground shipping until the Bookstore reopens.  

The deadline for textbook rentals from the Western Illinois University Bookstore will be extended. The University Bookstore is working with textbook vendors to determine a later return date. 

Please direct any questions for the Bookstore to

University Counseling Center

The  University Counseling Center offers additional resources and information via .   Staff can offer consultation and referral services by phone. Students looking for counseling in their area may find / a useful resource.

Please call 309-298-2453, Monday - Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM for assistance.

University Housing and Dining Services

Residence Hall Staff are available and accessible to students through the front desk of each hall. For any additional questions or concerns, students can email University Housing and Dining Services for extra support. 

Front desks are accessible as follows: 

  • Corbin/Olson Daily: 24 hours

UHDS can be reached best via email at

Western Courier

The Western Courier team is still active making sure students have updates. Western’s student newspaper will continue to have information via .

Unsure who to ask?

Feel free to email and we will assist in connecting you with the correct resources.

 Tools For Success

For a limited time, many companies are providing additional resources for free or at reduced costs to assist students. Below you can find some virtual tools to assist in finding success. 
  • WIU Technology Resource Overview - This page outlines many avenues of support and ways to stay connected including Western Online, Hangouts, Good Drive, Zoom, and more!
  • RedShelf - Access to eBooks
  • Google Hangout - Ability to use audio/visual to meet with advisors, faculty, and classmates. See more resources for how faculty will be using Google Hangouts as well as other online resources.
  • Study Blue - Crowdsourced study library, with flashcards, notes and study guides.
  • Quizlet - Simple learning tools that let you study a wide array of topics and subjects.

Below you can find eight Success Tools to help you stay on top of your studies. Download any of the provided tools and print them out for your personal use. If you have any questions about how to use the tools, please talk to your Academic Advisor or email us at .

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Effective Study Strategies

Email Etiquette Guide

Email Etiquette Guide

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Note Taking Strategies

Smart Goals

S. M. A. R. T. Goal Setting

Study Schedule

Study Schedule Template

Time Management

Time Management Strategies

Weekly Schedule

Weekly Schedule Template

Working In Groups

Working In Groups