Academic Support Services
Julie Maxfield, Director of Academic Support. Extension 7722 (503/517-7722)
Ryland Bell, Quantitative Skills Center Coordinator. Extension 7690 (503/517-7690)
Because strengthening your talents and building new skills happen both inside and outside the classroom, Reed has developed several important resources to compliment the Reed curriculum. In consultation with your faculty adviser, please take advantage of these free services.
Coaching: Academic Support Services staff will help you develop an individualized plan to build skills, improve study habits, access resources, and achieve academic success. Staff work one-on-one with students struggling with procrastination, dividing your work into manageable pieces, overcoming writer’s block, stress and time management.
Workshops: Topics for workshops are student driven, and so will change from year to year. Typical subjects include quantitative skill reviews, preventing procrastination, time management, academic survival skills, reading effectively, note-taking strategies, and many more. See the academic support web page for a list of current offerings and a schedule.
Tutoring: The first place to go for help in a course is to the course instrutor. In addition to working with the instructor, students are encouraged to use the academic support resources, which include drop-in tutoring and individual tutoring (dojo.reed.edu).
Academic Resource Center
"The DoJo" (Dorothy Johansen House)
Tutors are available to assist with biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, biology, economics and writing at the drop-in center at the Dorothy Johansen House from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Please go to dojo.reed.edu/schedule for an updated schedule of tutors.
The building is open for all students 9 a.m. 11 p.m. during the school year to study and work. The building has new iMacs, a kitchen, a library of text books and reference books commonly used in Reed classes, comfortable chairs and tables for group work and even a fireplace.
Individual peer tutoring is available for many courses, and students are eligible for one free hour of tutoring per week for classes in which they are current enrolled. The tutors are students of advanced standing who have been recommended by the faculty member teaching each course. To begin working with a tutor, go to dojo.reed.edu/tutors and contact a tutor listed for your course.
7 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
The math center is open on a drop-in basis to help with homework and problem sets, questions about course material, and clarification of concepts throughout the semester.
Dorothy Johansen House (Chemistry and Physics)
4 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
Biology Labs 5 & 7 (Biology)
7 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
Advanced biology, chemistry, and physics majors who have experience with graphics and statistical software are available to work with students in introductory biology, chemistry, physics, and organic chemistry courses on a drop-in basis. For tutor schedules, go to dojo.reed.edu/schedule.
Dorothy Johansen House
6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday plus the Friday night before Hum 110 paper due dates
Writing tutors work with students at any stage in the writing process. Students commonly seek assistance with organization of their papers, getting unblocked, focusing their ideas, and improving their skills at editing and revising their drafts. Tutors are available for assisting students on a drop-in basis; individual appointments can be arranged for seniors working on the thesis. Like other Reed tutoring resources, the writing center is available for enhancing academic strengths as well as addressing areas of concern. For more information, see the Doyle O.W.L. (Online Writing Lab) at academic.reed.edu/writing.