Academic Support Services

Division of Student Services

Quantitative Skills Resources

The Quantitative Skills Center was launched Fall Semester 2002. Today, the Quantitative Skills Center is a part of the Academic Support Services department at the Dorothy Johansen House (DoJo). The links below are provided as quick resources to help with some of the most common quantitative skills encountered in the Reed Curriculum. For more in-depth help with these or other topics, please contact Helen Scharber.  To schedule an appointment with Helen, use this scheduling page.  You can also email Helen if you have any questions or need to find an alternate time.

Quantitative Skills Topics

  • Succeeding in Quantitative Subjects - note taking, study methods, exam preparation
  • Pre-Algebra - Fractions, Percentages and Decimals
  • Algebra - Exponents, Complex Fractions, Solving Equations
  • Trignometry and Geometry
  • Logarithms and Log Graphs
  • Graphing Equations and Interpreting Graphs
  • Translating Word Problems Into Equations
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Lab Skills - Scientific Notation, the Metric System, Significant Figures, Dimensional Analysis
  • Introductory Calculus - Linear Equations, Derivatives and Integrals of Common Functions

Introductory Excel

A popular workshop held at the DoJo covers Introductory Excel. A variety of introductory Excel topics are covered, including setting up a spreadsheet, first steps for formatting a data set, sorting data, applying formulas, and making graphs. The workshop is held multiple times a semester, but Helen also meets regularly with students one-on-one to show them how to use Excel.

View the handout here, and view the list of workshops on this page, or or book an appointment with Helen Scharber using her scheduling page.

Handouts from Reed's Quantitative Skills Workshops

Other Tutorials and Reference Materials

  • Khan Academy has a huge variety of short math tutorial videos and interactive exercises that have the benefit of covering very specific topics, which allows you to focus on learning exactly what you need.
  • Lamar University has posted some well-formatted and concise cheat sheets here. I've linked directly to a few of my favorites below.
    • Algebra Cheat Sheet. This handout includes a long list of mathematical rules you may have learned and forgotten over the years (exponents, fractions, factoring, quadratic formula, etc.). Since you probably don't need all of this information for your current coursework, try highlighting any rules that you do look up so that you can find them more easily next time.
    • Trigonometry Cheat Sheet. Rules and formulas for working with triangles, the unit circle, sine waves, and trig identities.
    • Common Derivatives and Integrals. Formulas for common shortcuts of differentiation and integration.
  • Geometric Formulas Cheat Sheet. What is the area of a trapezoid? What is the volume of a cone? This is a good resource for help with any formulas you may have missed or forgotten.
  • Biology 101/102 Bio Binder (Green Book). The Intro Biology course binder contains a wealth of quantitative skills resources, including help with JMP, the metric system, algebra, graphing, dilutions, fractions, decimals, and percents. A digital copy of the green book is available on Reed's Courses AFS server. Instructions for accessing this server are available here.
  • Summation Notation. A quick handout from Columbia University, defining the notation and offering a few very basic worked examples.

Working with Data

  • Data at Reed. Reed's Data at Reed team includes staff from the library, the ETC, and the DoJo. We work as a team to help students with many steps in their data-intensive projects, including data discovery, management, analysis, and citation. The Data Resources page includes short guides for working with R, Stata, and Excel. If you have a data-related question and are not sure who to contact, drop the team a line at and we'll make sure that you’re routed to the right person.


The Academic Resource Center and academic support services staff are located in the Dorothy Johansen (DoJo) House.

David Gruber
Assistant Dean of Students for Academic Support

Helen Scharber
Quantitative Skills & Academic Support Coordinator