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.

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 2015

Reading Effectively: Develop strategies for reading more quickly and getting more out of what you read, even when you’re pressed for time. 
  • Monday, February 23 from 3-4PM
  • Thursday, April 2 from 4-5PM

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 destructive procrastination.
  • Wednesday, February 18 from 4-5PM
  • Thursday, March 19 from 5-6PM

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

  • Wednesday, May 6 from 3-4PM (During reading week)
  • Thursday, May 7 from 11-noon (During reading week)

Senior Thesis Writing Group: Join Nathalia King (English), Kara Cerveny (Biology), and writing center staff 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.  There will be snacks!

  • Thursday, February 12 from noon-1PM (Getting started: goal setting/planning)
  • Thursday, February 26 from noon-1PM (Getting scientific: dealing with data)
  • Thursday, March 12 from noon-1PM (Getting prolific: overcoming writing obstacles)
  • Thursday, April 9 from noon-1PM (Getting perspective: revision)
  • Thursday, April 23 from noon-1PM (Getting ready: oral defense)

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.

  • By appointment

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.

  • Thursday, March 12 from 3-4 PM
  • Monday, March 16 from 3-4 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!)

  • Tuesday, March 10 from 3-4 PM
  • Monday, March 30 from 3-4 PM
  • Thursday, May 7 from 1-2 PM

Other past workshops have included:

  • Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: Increasing Reading Comprehension in Hum 110 and Beyond
  • Academic Decision Making
  • How To Use a Science Textbook 101
  • Writing in Hum 110 for International Students
  • Strategies for Learning a Second (or Third!) Language
  • Stress Management

Future Topics Could Include: ???  Email your suggestions to David Gruber.