The Emerging Scholars Program (ESP)

Join the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) and participate in one of Ithaca's finest learning communities on campus!   ESP is a diversity initiative out of the Tutoring Services office within the Center for Academic Advancement.  ESP students benefit from close proximity to the major learning assistance services on campus:  Academic Advising, Student Accessibility Services, and Tutoring Services.   

Check us out!  For more information, email us at or call 607-274-3381.             


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

  • celebration of diversity;

  • academic achievement;

  • professional development;

  • personal enrichment;

  • graduation from Ithaca College;

  • career success;

  • global citizenship; and

  • life long learning. 

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;

  • personal development;

  • civic engagement;

  • 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 stole upon graduation.

For more information, please contact:

Ahmad Boyd, ESP Program Coordinator/Supervising Coach or 607-274-3381




The 2017-2018 ESP Peer Coaching Staff

  • Ahmad Boyd, BA, Program Coordinator/Supervising Coach

  • Zuhui Adams, BS, ESP Graduate Coach

  • Amber Edwards, Sr. ESP Coach, Class of 2018

  • Efosa Erhunmwunse, Sr. ESP Coach, Class of 2018

  • Shalice Hunt, Sr. ESP Coach, Class of 2018

  • Sam Amoako, ESP Coach, Class of 2019

  • Jordan Beckley, ESP Coach, Class of 2019

  • Audrey Evelyn, ESP Coach, Class of 2020




1. Prioritize the big stuff.

It sounds simple enough. But knowing how to become a successful student requires truly understanding this piece of advice. Unless you have urgent tasks that absolutely must be handled right away, it's better to use your time working on important things like writing major papers, studying, practicing the skills you want to master, or making connections with important people. 

2. Keep a routine and guard your time.

In college, time is the most precious resource. That's why successful students often make sure that nothing interrupts their carefully planned routines. It's OK to be spontaneous once in a while, but the more consistent you are at using certain periods of time for the same types of work, the more benefits you'll be able to get from your education.

3. Break your time outside of class into small chunks that match your body's natural rhythms.

Generally speaking, a person's energy waxes and wanes in roughly 90-minute intervals throughout the day. By paying attention to when you feel more awake and focused, you can schedule your most challenging tasks for those times. Then you can leave the less-challenging stuff for the dips or use the low-energy times for refreshing naps or social and recreational breaks. 

4. Use a daily planner to list and schedule your tasks.

Many students find that using an electronic calendar along with a daily handwritten list provides the best system for organizing their time. Space out your big tasks on the calendar and set alerts for any important deadlines. Create a new list each day of all tasks that must get done, and make sure you have times on your calendar where you can fit them in. Scratch off each task as you complete it. If you don't finish all of your tasks, then start a list for the next day and transfer them over.

5. Start the important stuff right away.

Lots of students procrastinate regularly, but you probably don't want to be one of them. The more you procrastinate, the less likely you are to succeed. At least, that's true of most people. Playing catch-up all the time is a recipe for stress and burnout. Instead, it's smarter to start on important things like big reading assignments, research papers, and exam prep as soon as possible. The earlier you start, the more your subconscious can filter ideas and work on problems for you in the background. It also gives you a chance to actually enjoy the process at a more leisurely pace. No cramming necessary.

6. Plan ahead for your hardest days.

Letting the hard days sneak up on you is never fun and can be quite stressful.  Make sure you have the syllabus for each course you're taking, and highlight all of the most challenging components like major class projects, midterms, and final exams very early on.  Then start setting aside time on your schedule to prepare for them well in advance of when they happen to avoid cramming and undue anxiety and stress. Make notes to limit all distractions before those times. Plan to reward yourself with some memorable fun after getting through those days. By doing this, you might just turn what would have been your hardest days into your easiest.

7. By all means, avoid overcommitting.

Although it's tempting to think that saying yes to everything will make you a superstar, doing so may have the opposite effect. That's why one of the most reliable ways to succeed in college is to trim down your activities to only the most important ones—the ones that provide clear benefits to your personal development, education, or career preparation. Saying no is often the best thing you can do - and some things can wait until next time.

8. Establish "me time" and "social media time." 

With so much to do, it's easy to forget to build in "me time."  Establish time for workouts, shopping at the mall, social time for friends, and for other fun activities!  Build in time for social media!  It is recommended that you refrain from engaging such all day long intermittently. You should avoid reading text messages or looking at Facebook posts while you are in class or during your study periods.  Designate times during the day for this and do not allow attention to social media to drain your attention while you focused on academics.  You may think that a few moments here and there to peek at contacts is okay - but moments and seconds add up, and before you know it, you've used too much valuable time.  Sometimes you should just turn your phone off to get work done.