Academic Support Services

Division of Student Services

Academic Support Workshops

 

Each semester, Academic Support staff host a series of workshops for students on general study skills, quantitative skills, and senior thesis-writing. A current list of workshops is shown below, but more may be added throughout the semester, so check back here for updates.

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!

Study Skills Workshops Fall 2017

Study skills workshops are a chance to share your ideas and learn from others, and are held in the conference room of the DoJo. Email gruberd@reed.edu to RSVP (not required, but encouraged).

Effective Reading & Note-Taking: 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.

  • Monday, September 25, from 1-2pm

Time Management & Working Around Procrastination: 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. We'll also work on strategies to help you recognize and overcome destructive procrastination.

  • Monday, October 2, 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.

  • Getting Started: Thursday, October 5, from 12-1pm
  • Dealing with Data: Thursday, October 26, from 12-1pm
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 gruberd@reed.edu or 503/517-7722.

Quantitative Skills Workshops Fall 2017

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

 

Quantitative Lab Skills: This workshop will focus on Dimensional Analysis, but we'll also refresh topics like Scientific Notation, Significant Figures, and the Metric System, as time allows.  Work through examples and identify focus areas to succeed in science subjects.

  • Thursday, Sept 7 from 12-1pm

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

  • Monday, Sept 11 from 4-5pm

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. 

  • Wednesday, Sept 13 from 4-5pm

Success in Quantitative Subjects: Build a strategy early to succeed in your quantitative subjects.  Learn about tutoring, office hours, and academic support on campus, as well as online resources.

  • Thursday, Sept 21 from 11-12am

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, Sept 25 from 4-5pm

Quantitative Lab Skills: Refresh topics like Scientific Notation, Significant Figures, Dimensional Analysis, and the Metric System. Work through examples and identify focus areas to succeed in science subjects.

  • Friday, Sept 29 from 12-1pm

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. 

  • Wednesday, Oct 4 from 12-1pm

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

  • Monday, Oct 9 from 4-5pm  Please contact Helen Scharber if you'd like to set up a workshop or individual coaching in Excel.

 

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 Helen to cover any of these subjects, as well as topics like:

  • 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

You can book a one-on-one session using Helen's booking page or email with any questions at scharberh@reed.edu . 

Contact

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
503/517-7722

Helen Scharber
Quantitative Skills & Academic Support Coordinator
503/517-7690