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, February 23rd

Finding STEM Research Opportunities at Brown & Beyond

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:Salomon 003
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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. Presented by Oludurotimi Adetunji, Dean for Undergraduate Research & Inclusive Science. Pizza provided!

Tuesday, February 28th

Fellowships and Application Process

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:Salomon 003
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What is a fellowship?  What are some different types?  How can they help you achieve your goals?  How can you know if you would be a good candidate or not?  What should you do to learn about and potentially apply for fellowships?  Join Linda Dunleavy, Associate Dean of the College for Fellowships, to engage these questions and many others in an introductory discussion about nationally competitive fellowship opportunities for undergraduates.

Thursday, March 2nd

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

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 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.

Thursday, March 9th

Efficient Academic Reading

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 203
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What do you do when you don't have enough hours to get through your reading assignments? Come learn tips on how to break down your work into manageable, focused sessions which will maximize your time and effort so that you get the results you NEED for success!

Tuesday, March 14th

Self-Care

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 203
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Interested in redefining personalized self-care? Curious as to know what kind of techniques and/or strategies exist that do not always cost money? 

Thursday, March 16th

Senior Thesis: What It Is, What to Consider, and How to Prepare for One

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 203
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Are you wondering about writing a senior thesis?  Come and speak with a senior who is completing his and learn about what it is, what to consider and how to prepare to write one.  We will also discuss the benefits and importance of writing a thesis for future professional and academic opportunities.

Thursday, April 6th

Med School 101: What It Is REALLY Like & How to Prepare For It

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:Salomon 003
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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, April 11th

How to Prepare a Winning Class Presentation

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 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.

Tuesday, April 18th

Test Anxiety: What Is It and How to Manage It

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:JWW 203
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Do you blank out during tests? Do you perform worse than you expect on exams despite your preparation? Do you feel physically unwell during exams? You may be struggling with test anxiety. Come to this workshop to learn more about test anxiety, how test taking stress impacts you, and skills and techniques for decreasing it.

Tuesday, April 25th

Finals Preparation

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:JWW 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.