Support from Staff
One-on-one Academic Coaching
COVID-19 update: As of March 16, 2020, academic coaching will be available remotely via phone and/or Google Meet. When booking your appointment, you will be offered the option of which format would work better for you. We anticipate that remote/online coaching will likely be very similar to in-person coaching, and will still center on the conversation between coach and student.
Office of Academic Support staff can help you develop an individualized plan to build skills, improve study habits, access resources, and achieve academic success. Staff members are available to discuss a wide variety of skills required by Reed's curriculum, and are here to help you navigate the shift to online courses.
(Please note that coaching is different from counseling. Visit the Health and Counseling Center's Counseling Information page for more information about counseling services at Reed.)
David Gruber is the Director of the Office of Academic Support. David can help you develop skills and strategies related to: reading effectively, producing academic writing, class participation, time management, academic stress, communication with faculty, setting academic goals, or some combination of the above. David also meets with students for the completion of progress plans. To make an appointment, email David Gruber or use his online calendar to schedule a meeting.
Amaan Mohiuddin is the Quantitative Skills Specialist and Tutor Program Coordinator. Amaan can help with academic issues that arise in course with a quantitative component, as well as general study skills. This includes help with math background skills (fractions, basic calculus, breaking down word problems, etc), strategies for math anxiety, approaching problem sets or tests, and time management. Click here for a more complete list of possible coaching topics, along with links to other quantitative resources. To make an appointment, email Amaan Mohiuddin or use his online calendar to schedule a meeting.
Dustin Simpson is the English Language Learner Specialist. He is currently a member of the Humanities 110 faculty, and he has extensive experience working with students whose first language is not English. His primary area of focus is helping students to become better at academic writing and revising. He holds weekly group sessions for students wanting to work on English language skills and also meets for one-on-one help. Read more about Dustin's services here. You can also email Dustin if you have any questions.
Referrals & Making Connections
Sometimes the best person to help you is not part of the Academic Support staff. Fortunately, Reed is a small place and we’re happy to connect or introduce you to one of our colleagues.
Wondering about how your major relates to life after Reed? The Center for Life Beyond Reed can help!
Are health issues interfering with class attendance and/or performance? The Health & Counseling Center staff is available to evaluate, maintain, and promote the general health of students.
Having difficulty making the transition to college? The Peer Mentor Program could be a good match for you.
Would you like to explore the possibility of accommodations or testing for a disability? Disability and Accessibility Resources is the place to start.
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