Academic Support Services

Division of Student Services

Academic Workshops

To ensure that there is space, students are encouraged to RSVP to Julie Maxfield, phone: 503/517-7722.  Students who RSVP will also get a reminder email and help ensure that we have enough snacks for everyone. Topics for workshops are student-driven.  If you have a suggestion for a new workshop, or if you missed one of last year's events and would like to see it repeated, please let us know!  All Academic Support Workshops are held in the conference room of the Dorothy Johansen House, unless otherwise noted.

Attention House Advisers:  Any (or all!) of these workshops can travel to your dorm or we can set up an alternative location just for your hall.  Email Julie for more information.

Fall 2014

Academic Success Skills: New students: you don't want to miss this! Even if you had it all figured out in high school, Reed often requires a more comprehensive set of study skills. Find out how to prepare for the academic challenges that lie ahead. Returning Reedies will share tips and advice about studying, note taking, stress management, and how to take advantage of academic resources at Reed.

  • Monday, September 8 from 4-5PM
  • Thursday, September 11 from 11-noon
  • Tuesday, September 16 from 5-6PM

Class Discussion: Participating in conference is an essential part of a Reed education.  Review the hows and whys of asking questions, responding to others, and contributing your own point of view. In order to address the diverse experiences of students across their years at Reed, this workshop will be divided by class year.

  • For first year students: Monday, September 29 from 1-2PM
  • For sophomores: Thursday, October 30 from 5-6PM
  • For juniors and seniors: Thursday, November 6 from 4-5PM

Reading Effectively: Develop strategies for reading more quickly and getting more out of what you read, even when you’re pressed for time. 

  • Tuesday, September 23 from 4-5PM
  • Wednesday, November 5 from 5-6PM

Time Management: Time management is more than calendars and daily schedules.  Learn how knowing your style and playing to your strengths can lead to a better personal form of time management.

  • Thursday, September 25 from 3-4PM
  • Monday, November 3 from 4-5PM

Preventing Procrastination: Explore the pros (yes, pros!) and cons of procrastinating, consider why so many students do it, and develop strategies to help you recognize and overcome destructive procrastination.

  • Tuesday, October 7 from 4-5PM
  • Wednesday, November 12 from 4-5PM

Success Skills for Finals: Learn how to study effectively while staying balanced and focused.  It can be done!

  • Thursday, December 11 from 3-4PM
  • Monday, December 15 from 2-3PM

Unit Analysis and Significant Figures:  A full lesson covering these seemingly simple math topics that can prove to be frustrating and confusing.  Keeping track of units is one of the key quantitative skills for science classes, and we will work a bunch of examples, both simple and complex.

  • Friday, September 5 from 1-2 PM
  • Wednesday, September 10 from 4-5 PM
  • Thursday, September 11 from 4-5 PM

Logarithms Refresher: What is a logarithm?  How do I work with them?  Why should I care?  Stop by if you are having a hard time working with logarithms, or just want a quick review.

  • Monday, September 22 from 4-5 PM
  • Thursday, September 25 from 4-5 PM

Excel Basics: Spreadsheet programs like Microsoft Excel provide powerful tools for performing calculations and displaying data. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of entering data, sorting and filtering, formulas and functions, and graphing. No prior experience with Excel is required.

  • Monday, September 15 from 4-5 PM
  • Thursday, September 18 from 4-5 PM
  • Wednesday, October 29 from 3-4 PM

Preparing for a Science Exam:  Learn how to use your stack of old problems sets, lecture notes and textbook notes to prepare for an exam.  We will discuss strategies that will be useful both before and during a science exam (and probably other exams, too!)

  • Tuesday, September 23 from 3-4 PM
  • Wednesday, October 1 from 4-5 PM
  • Thursday, October 30 from 4-5 PM
  • Friday, December 12 from 3-4 PM

Other past workshops have included:

  • Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: Increasing Reading Comprehension in Hum 110 and Beyond
  • Academic Decision Making
  • How To Use a Science Textbook 101
  • Writing in Hum 110 for International Students
  • Strategies for Learning a Second (or Third!) Language
  • Stress Management

Future Topics Could Include: ???  Email your suggestions to Julie Maxfield.