Academic Support Services

Academic Support Services offer a myriad of resources designed to assist Brown students to achieve their academic and personal aspirations.

Academic workshops are offered almost every week on a wide range of topics related to academic strategies, study skills, personal development and Brown experience. Topics include Time Management, How to Do Problem Sets, Making the most of your First Year at Brown,  Choosing a Concentration for Sophomores, Stress Management, Exam Preparation, Taking Lecture Notes and Writing Research Papers. To find workshops and RSVP, click on the Workshops link on the menu or visit the Events module in ASK.

Academic Support Group is a biweekly meeting for students to talk to a dean and one another about academic and personal challenges they have encountered at Brown. Support group offers a safe place to find encouragement and support for many aspects of the Brown experience, including motivation, adjustment to college, and relationships with family and friends.

Individual Academic Coaching is available by appointment. Academic coaches work with interested students to achieve academic goals and to gain skills to be life-long learners. To schedule an appointment with an academic coach, please use the link below or email academic-coaching@brown.edu. The app to sign up for individual coaching is open after shopping period.

 You can also email academicsupport@brown.edu to make an appointment with Julie Lee, Assistant Dean of the College for Academic Support, to discuss resources, strategies, and the possibility of scheduling additional workshops. 

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Academic Workshops

Thursday, September 29th

Talking to Professors & Finding Academic Mentors

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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Are you afraid to approach a professor?  Are you interested in getting to you know your professors but not sure how to start a conversation?    We will discuss practical strategies and tips that will help you to speak to your professors comfortably and to find academic mentors(s) who can assist your academic pursuit at Brown.

Sunday, October 2nd

Effective Midterm Preparation

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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Do you have mid-terms coming up?  Not sure how to best prepare for them or do not know what to expect?  During this workshop, we will discuss strategies to get ready for your mid terms.  We will review effective ways to review your notes and class materials, to study alone and/or together with friends, and to create and follow  a realistic time table for your studying.

Tuesday, October 4th

Effective Class Presentations

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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Want to wow your professors and classmates with a presentation, but you're nervous about public speaking or don't know what to say? If so, this workshop will help you figure out how. Come learn tips for the entire presentation process -- from preparing to practicing to presenting.

Wednesday, October 12th

5 Steps to Conquering Problem Sets

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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Do you have weekly problem sets? Do you stay up late the night before they are due? Are they the bane of your existence? Doing a problem set doesn’t have to be an ordeal! This workshop will introduce you to 5 step plan to deal with problem sets in a way that maximizes your learning and hopefully minimizes your stress.

Tuesday, October 18th

Term Papers & Long Term Projects

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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The semester is half over and it is time to take realistic and practical steps to ensure timely completion.  Come learn how to break your large project into smaller, more manageable bites that fit into your schedule so you stop procrastinating and/or sacrificing your other classes or social life!

Thursday, October 20th

Learning to Learn: From "Study More" to "Study Better"

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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Have you ever thought about your own learning? When, where, and how did you learn to study? T​his ​workshop introduces the difference between shallow and deep processing and provides tips on how to help students get the most out of their time spent studying at Brown

Sunday, October 23rd

STEM Courses: Integrating Lecture, Studying, Problem Sets & Test Prep

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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A lot of the time, it seems like class lectures have nothing to do with the reading or the homework and the midterm tests things that you’ve never seen before. A lot of classes are disjointed, and there are a variety of approaches for putting together pieces of information to get the most out of your learning experience. The goal of this workshop is to explore these strategies and to walk through how to put together different types of information.

Tuesday, October 25th

STEM Collaborative Learning

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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Do you sometimes feel as though you are drowning in a sea of words?  Language is only one part of the learning process.  Come to this engaging workshop to discover how visual processing combines with verbal language to increase comprehension, aid in problem solving, and improve retention and recall.

Thursday, October 27th

Midterm Strategies

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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Have you fallen behind in your academic work but would like to catch up?  There is still time to make an adjustment and finish the semester successfully.  We will discuss how to assess where you are academically and make a realistic and effective action plan. Come and learn how to prioritize your work, set action plans and get the right support.

Tuesday, November 1st

Finding STEM Research Opportunities at Brown & Beyond

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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In this interactive workshop, a general overview of how to find STEM undergraduate research opportunities will be presented. Participants will learn about research opportunities at national laboratories and funded opportunities through government agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This workshop will also cover strategies for putting together solid summer research applications and for getting the most out of the summer research experience.

Sunday, November 6th

Pre-Health Survival Kit: Tips from a Brown Med Student

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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Starting medical school, or thinking about it? It may sound like a daunting next step, but it doesn't have to be! Come and learn about useful methods for preparing and transitioning to the path to becoming a physician from a current (graduating) medical student.

Tuesday, November 8th

Mid Semester Strategies

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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Do you have exams and papers at the end of the semester?  Not sure where to start or feeling worried that you may not have enough time to get all the work done?  Come learn how to prioritize and schedule these final days of the semester to complete your courses successfully without losing sleep.

Sunday, December 4th

Preparing for Finals

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:J. Walter Wilson 203
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Wrapping up the Semester - STARTING NOW!!!  The time before finals is also full of shows, parties and other activities.  Your life gets busier and it is even harder to find the time to study, even as the pressure builds.  Come learn how to prioritize and schedule these final weeks to maximize your grades and save your sanity.