Academic Support Services

Division of Student Services

Academic Workshops

To ensure that there is space, students are encouraged to RSVP to David Gruber, 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.

During Spring 2016, Academic Support will also offer a Senior Thesis Writing Group! Please see below for more information.

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 David for more information.

Spring 2016

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.
  • By appointment

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, February 1 from 2-3 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, February 8 from 3-4 PM
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.
  • Thursday, February 11 from 4-5 PM

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 22 from 4-5 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!)

  • Thursday, February 25 from 3-4 PM
  • Monday, February 29 from 2-3 PM
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 unwanted procrastination.
  • Wednesday, March 9 from 4-5 PM

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

  • Wednesday, May 4 from 3-4 PM

Senior Thesis Writing Group

Join Lucia Martinez (English), Kara Cerveny (Biology), and Troy Cross (Philosophy), along with other guests, 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 five or just one event.

All meetings will be held in the DoJo conference room.

  • Thursday, February 11 from 12-1 PM (Getting started: goal setting/planning)
  • Thursday, February 25 from 12-1 PM (Getting scientific: dealing with data)
  • Thursday, March 10 from 12-1 PM (Getting prolific: overcoming writing obstacles)
  • Thursday, April 7 from 12-1 PM (Getting perspective: revision)
  • Thursday, April 21 from 12-1 PM (Getting ready: oral defense)