Spring Symposium

Wednesdays, February 2 - March 9, 2022
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Spring Symposium offers students in their first year at Reed (including new transfer students) the opportunity to join a small community focused on enhancing academic skills and savvy in order to get the most from a Reed education. Students in the program will learn strategies for improved academic performance and build relationships within Reed’s intellectual community.

Organized into small cohorts, students are paired with mentors who offer hands-on, personalized help with study strategies, goal setting, time management, and use of support resources.  


  • Workshops are small and activity-based; you’ll get to know faculty, staff, and fellow students as you work together to master new skills.
  • The skills and savvy you develop in the workshops will help you to be more effective and efficient in your second semester coursework. The time you invest in Spring Symposium will be repaid in increased effectiveness in meeting your immediate academic goals.
  • You'll gain the knowledge and skills to navigate Reed's resources and find those that are right for you.
  • The small cohorts are designed to increase your sense of connection and confidence as a member of Reed’s intellectual community.
  • Space is limited in order to ensure a small and personalized experience for participants.

To apply

We are currently accepting applications for Spring Symposium! Click this link to fill out the short application form. 

The priority deadline for applications to Spring Symposium is December 15, 2021, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis through January 19, 2022. 

If you have questions, please contact David Gruber, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Life.

Topics for Spring Symposium 2022

  • Active learning and study strategies
  • Writing as a process
  • Study strategies for math and science courses
  • Conference participation skills and strategies
  • Library research skills
  • Communicating with faculty and using office hours