Brown is committed to helping all students achieve their academic goals. In addition to going to class, students are encouraged to visit their faculty and teaching assistants during office hours, to attend problem and review sessions, and to access other departmental resources for learning, whether or not they are experiencing academic difficulty.
Students looking for individualized help in coursework — beyond what they can find in normal office hours with an instructor or TA — can access the services described below. For additional information about academic support resources at Brown, consult the website of the Dean of the College.
Math and Science
Math: The Math Resource Center (MRC) is a walk-in center for students taking calculus courses at Brown. The MRC is staffed each night by 2-3 graduate students and 1-2 undergraduates who help students on an individual or small group basis.
Science: The Science Center offers academic support, tutoring, science-related activities, and a network of faculty and peer advisors familiar with Brown's science curricula.
Brown's open curriculum has long supported one general education requirement: that all students demonstrate the ability to write well. All students must work on their writing at least twice during their four years at Brown: once in their first two years of study, and once when they are juniors or seniors. The writing requirement is a minimum expectation; our hope is that students will work on their writing throughout their four years at Brown.
Writing Center: Brown's Writing Center provides individual and group writing support free of charge. Writing Center staff help students with all stages of the writing process, from finding a topic through drafting, revising, and final editing. Writing Center associates also offer workshops on specific topics designed to meet the needs of a variety of students.
Writing Fellows: Writing Fellows are Brown undergraduates who have been trained to help other students improve their writing skills. Linked to specific courses each term, Writing Fellows work one-on-one with students to help with drafting and revision of papers for the course. Students enrolled in writing-fellowed courses benefit from intensive peer-directed learning. A list of current writing-fellowed courses is posted in ASK, our major online advising resource.
English as a Second Language
The Writing Center's ESL Coordinator provides individual and group support for students whose first language is not English. Students can develop their writing skills by taking a series of workshops; regular social meetings allow students to practice their speaking skills. New ESL undergraduates are encouraged to participate in Excellence at Brown, a five-day pre-orientation program that orients students to academic writing across the curriculum.
Brown's Office of Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) coordinates and facilitates services for students with physical, psychological, sensory, and learning disabilities. Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations should self-identify by registering with SEAS. SEAS staff will conduct a review and analysis of individual requests prior to making a recommendation regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations.