Academic Support Services

Division of Student Services

Quantitative Skills Resources

The Quantitative Skills Center was launched Fall Semester 2002. Today, the Quantitative Skills Center is a part of the Academic Support Services department at the Dorothy Johansen House (DoJo). The links below are provided as quick resources to help with some of the most common quantitative skills encountered in the Reed Curriculum. For more in-depth help with these or other topics, contact Helen Scharber, Reed's Quantitative Skills Coordinator.  To schedule a coaching session with Helen, use this scheduling page.  You can also email Helen if you have any questions or need to find an alternate time.

Quantitative Skills Coaching Areas

Helen Scharber is available for quantitative skills coaching on any of the topics listed below. Book a 45-minute session with Helen on her scheduling page, or email Helen if you have any questions.
  • Succeeding in Quantitative Subjects - note taking, study methods, exam preparation
  • Pre-Algebra - Fractions, Percentages and Decimals
  • Algebra - Exponents, Complex Fractions, Solving Equations
  • Trignometry and Geometry
  • Logarithms and Log Graphs
  • Graphing Equations and Interpreting Graphs
  • Translating Word Problems Into Equations
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets
  • Lab Skills - Scientific Notation, the Metric System, Significant Figures, Dimensional Analysis
  • Introductory Calculus - Linear Equations, Derivatives and Integrals of Common Functions

Handouts from Reed's Quantitative Skills Workshops

Other Tutorials and Reference Materials

  • Khan Academy has a wide variety of short math tutorial videos and interactive exercises that have the benefit of covering very specific topics, which allows you to focus on learning exactly what you need.
  • Better Explained uses an "intuition-first approach" to teach a variety of mathematical topics.  This is a great place to go for a big-picture understanding of specific math concepts.
  • Cal Newport's Study Hacks Blog includes many posts on time management, study skills, and test-taking skills, primarily aimed at students in quantitative and technical disciplines. 
  • Lamar University has posted some well-formatted and concise cheat sheets here. I've linked directly to a few of my favorites below.
    • Algebra Cheat Sheet. This handout includes a long list of mathematical rules you may have learned and forgotten over the years (exponents, fractions, factoring, quadratic formula, etc.). Since you probably don't need all of this information for your current coursework, try highlighting any rules that you do look up so that you can find them more easily next time.
    • Trigonometry Cheat Sheet. Rules and formulas for working with triangles, the unit circle, sine waves, and trig identities.
    • Common Derivatives and Integrals. Formulas for common shortcuts of differentiation and integration.
  • Biology 101/102 Bio Binder (Green Book). The Intro Biology course binder contains a wealth of quantitative skills resources, including help with JMP, the metric system, algebra, graphing, dilutions, fractions, decimals, and percents. A digital copy of the green book is available on Reed's Courses AFS server. Instructions for accessing this server are available here.
  • Summation Notation. A quick handout from Columbia University, defining the notation and offering a few very basic worked examples.

Working with Data

  • Data at Reed. Reed's Data at Reed team includes staff from the library, the ETC, and the DoJo. We work as a team to help students with many steps in their data-intensive projects, including data discovery, management, analysis, and citation. The Data Resources page includes short guides for working with R, Stata, and Excel. If you have a data-related question and are not sure who to contact, drop the team a line at and we'll make sure that you’re routed to the right person.

Upcoming Workshops


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

Helen Scharber
Quantitative Skills & Academic Support Coordinator