Academic Support Services

Division of Student Services

Academic Support Workshops - Spring 2017

Each semester, Academic Support staff host a series of workshops for students, covering both general study skills, and quantitative topics. A current list of workshops is shown below, but more may be added throughout the semester, so sign up for workshop alerts here!

In Spring we will be again holding a series of Senior Thesis Writing Help discussions -- if you are working on a thesis at any stage, please join us!

All Academic Support Workshops are held in the conference room of the Dorothy Johansen House, unless otherwise noted. 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!

Academic Support Study Skills Workshops

Study skills workshops are a chance to share your ideas and learn from others, and are held in the conference room of the Dorothy Johansen House (DoJo).

Email to RSVP (not required, but encouraged).

Reading Effectively: Develop strategies getting more out of what you read, even when you’re pressed for time. Discover how annotating while reading can enhance your understanding.

  • Wednesday, February 8 from 4:30-5:30pm

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.

  • Monday, February 20 from 4:30-5:30pm

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.

  • Monday, March 6 from 4:30-5:30pm

Senior Thesis Writing Help: Join faculty for conversation and problem solving around key moments in the thesis-writing process. This series is open to seniors of all majors, including Spring-Falls, and you may attend all four or just one event.

  • Wednesday, February 15 from 12-1 PM (Getting started: goal setting/planning)
  • Wednesday, March 1 from 12-1 PM (Getting prolific: overcoming writing obstacles)
  • Wednesday, March 22 from 12-1 PM (Getting perspective: revision)
  • Wednesday, April 5 from 12-1 PM (Getting ready: oral defense)

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

  • Monday, April 24 from 4:30-5:30pm

Can’t make it to a workshop you would like to attend? Contact David Gruber to set up a one-on-one appointment that fits your schedule! We can talk through the topic and strategies covered in the workshop. For more information or to schedule an individual meeting to discuss academic skills contact David Gruber at or 503/517-7722.

Academic Support Quantitative Skills Workshops

Quantitative Skills workshops are held in the Dorothy Johansen House (DoJo). Email to RSVP (not required, but encouraged).

Introductory LaTeX: Need to write a paper, thesis, or homework set in LaTeX and not sure where to start? Come to this introductory lesson and go through the basics of how to create a technical, clean-looking document for your math or science classes. Bring your laptop. Handouts will be provided.

  • Monday, February 13 from 2:30–3:30pm
  • Tuesday, February 14 from 12–1pm
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Quantitative Lab Skills: Refresh topics like Scientific Notation, Error Analysis, Dimensional Analysis, and the Metric System. Work through examples and identify focus areas to succeed in science subjects.

  • Friday, January 27 from 12-1pm
  • Wednesday, March 22 from 12-1pm

Logarithms Refresher: Learn what logarithms are, why they’re used, and what their properties are, including log bases, log plots and log identities.

  • Monday, February 6 from 4:30-5:30pm

Introductory Excel: Cover the basics of entering data, sorting and filtering, formulas and functions, and graphing. No prior experience with Excel is required.

  • Tuesday, January 31 from 4-5pm
  • Tuesday, February 7 from 12-1pm
  • Monday, March 27 from 4-5pm

Algebra Refresher: Refresh the key algebra topics you’ll use in a range of subjects, including: order of operations, fractions and percentages, binomials, factoring, solving equations, exponents and logarithms.

  • Monday, February 13 from 4-5pm

Additional Quantitative Skills Help: These workshops are a small sample of the the range of topics you can seek help for through the DoJo. Book in a one-on-one session with Emily to cover any of these subjects, as well as topics like:

  • Word Problems in Science Subjects
  • Writing long, “clean” answers in math
  • Math and Science study skills
  • Charts and Graphing Equations
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Introductory Probability
  • Introductory Calculus
  • Writing LaTeX Documents
  • Advanced Excel
  • SQL

For all enquiries, email Emily at, or book a one-on-one session using Emily’s booking app at


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

Emily Suvada
Quantitative Skills & Academic Support Coordinator