Emerging Scholars Program (ESP)

Join the Emerging Scholars Program and participate in one of Ithaca's finest academic and professional development learning communities.


The mission of the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) is to promote academic, personal, and professional excellence in Ithaca College students.  Our five areas of focus are:

  • academic achievement
  • professional development
  • personal enrichment
  • retention and graduation from Ithaca College; and
  • progression into competitive post-graduate experiences (e.g. graduate school, professional school, national or international service, or the world of work, etc).

ESP students benefit from a variety of program activities including but not limited to:

  • peer coaching;
  • peer tutoring;
  • faculty mentoring
  • academic and professional development activities;
  • field trips and off campus retreats; and
  • cultural support.

With regular attendance and committed engagement with ESP programs and services, you can earn:

  • high grades & Academic Achievement Awards at the Annual Multicultural Banquet; and
  • the Emerging Scholars Program Leadership Diploma at graduation.

For more information, please contact:

Yolanda Clarke, Manager of Tutoring Services

Emerging Scholars Program Director






The 2016-2017 ESP Peer Coaching Staff


John Thievon, BS, ESP Graduate Intern

Zihui Adams, Class of 2017, ESP Coach

Sam Amoako, Class of 2019, Apprentice Coach

Ahmad Boyd, Class of 2017, ESP Coach

Siena Cid, Class of 2017, ESP Coach

Efosa Erfunwunse, Class of 2018, ESP Coach

Shalice Hunt, Class of 2017, ESP Coach

Chance Peavy, Class of 2017, ESP Coach 



Tips to Help You Prepare for Final Exams:

  • AVOID CRAMMING!  It causes anxiety. Begin preparing for finals now. Study the material in 20-50 minute intervals, giving yourself 5-10 minutes in between for rest.  This is more beneficial than cramming.  Distributed learning over time benefits longer term retention and reduces stress. 

  • EXERCISE!  Twenty minutes of cardio can improve your memory!  Dance, jog, walk, or exercise to increase your energy level and reduce the effects of stress.

  • EAT HEALTHY!  A study from the University of Oxford showed that what you eat a week in advance of your exams is important!  Sixteen students were tested on attention and thinking speed, then fed a five-day, high fat, low-carb diet heavy on meat, eggs, cheese and cream.  When tested again, their performance declined.  The students who ate a balanced diet that included fruits and vegetables held steady.

  • FIND A NEW LOCATION TO STUDY!  Break up the routine and try alternate spaces such as the library, a quiet coffee house, or other designated location with a window and no clutter.

  • AVOID DISTRACTIONS!  No texting, going on Facebook, or surfing!  Also stay away from distracting personalities that take your attention away from your work

  • PRACTICE!  PRACTICE!  PRACTICE!  When possible, take advantage of opportunities to take practice tests!

  • STUDY MATERIAL THAT HAS NOT BEEN DISCUSSED!  This is often where points are missed. Be sure to read and study all assigned materials.

  • NO ALL NIGHTERS!  This will make you tired, anxious, and forgetful.  Findings from a 2008 study at St. Lawrence University showed that all-nighters impair reasoning and memory for as long as 4 days!  As a result, you may receive lower grades. 

(adopted from http://blog.suny.edu/2013/12/scientifically-the-best-ways-to-prepare-for-final-exams/)


Are you interested in being a part of ESP?  If so, ENROLL HERE!