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.

Spring 2014

Academic Goal Setting: Reflect on what went well (and perhaps not-so-well) last fall, and set some achievable goals for the spring.  Whether you have a brand new batch of classes or you're continuing in year-long courses or thesis projects, take this opportunity to orient yourself to the semester ahead and to plan for success. 

  • Wednesday, January 22 from 3-4PM (during Paideia)
  • Monday, February 3 from 4-5PM

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, February 10 from 4-5PM
  • For sophomores: Thursday, February 13 from 3-4PM
  • For juniors and seniors: Tuesday, February 18 from 4-5PM

Senior Thesis Writing Group: Join Nathalia King (English), Kara Cerveny (Biology), and writing center staff for conversation and problem solving around key moments in the thesis writing process.  This series is open to seniors of all majors, and you may attend all four or just one event.  There will be snacks!

  • Wednesday, February 12 from noon-1PM (Getting started: goal setting/planning)
  • Wednesday, March 12 from noon-1PM (Getting prolific: overcoming writing obstacles)
  • Wednesday, April 9 from noon-1PM (Getting perspective: revision)
  • Wednesday, April 23 from noon-1PM (Getting ready: oral defense)

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

  • Wednesday, May 7 from 3-4PM (during reading week)
  • Thursday, May 8 from 11-noon (during reading week)

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!)

  • Thursday, February 27 from 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 26 from 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 6 from 1:00-2:00 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.

  • Tuesday, February 11 from 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, February 12 from 2:00-3:00 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.

  • Tuesday, February 4 from 3:00-4:00 PM (in ETC 211)
  • Friday, February 7 from 4:00-5:00 PM (in ETC 211)

Wait, what happened to Reading Effectively, Time Management, Preventing Procrastination, Stress Management, and all the other workshops offered in the past?  Well, based on low turnout, we’ve decided to discontinue those events, at least for now.  If you can rally a group of students who want to attend a workshop not currently offered, let us know and we’ll make it happen!

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.