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.

Discussion Groups are offered on topics related to Brown students' academic and personal experiences. Groups will discuss concerns such as motivation, aspirations, adjustment to college and relationships with family and friends.

Individual Academic Coaching is available by appointment; to schedule an appointment with an academic coach, please email academic-coaching@brown.edu

 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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Workshop calendar

Academic Workshops

Monday, February 15th

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, February 16th

How to Prepare for Math & Science Tests

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J Walter Wilson 203
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The knowledge of most math/science courses is cumulative. Many concepts build on previous concepts, and a poor understanding of one concept will likely lead to a poor understanding of future concepts. This workshop covers the topics ranging from preparing early to practicing problem sets in exam-like conditions. 

Time and Productivity Management for Upper class Students

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:J Walter Wilson 203
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Are you trying to fit more into your schedule without sacrificing sleep, exercise or good grades?  Come learn how to add job applications, extra research, and activity responsibilities into your weekly schedule while also maintaining a healthy and balanced life.

Wednesday, February 17th

How to Read Scientific Papers and Journals

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:J Walter Wilson 203
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Reading a scientific journal is a complex task. The worst way to approach this task is to treat it like the reading of a textbook—reading from title to literature cited, digesting every word.  Rather, you should begin by skimming the article to identify its structure and features. As you read, look for the author’s main points. Generate questions before, during, and after reading. Draw inferences based on your own experiences and knowledge. And to really improve understanding and recall, take notes as you read. This seminar covers this method in detail.

Thursday, February 18th

How to Talk to Professors & Find 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.

Wednesday, February 24th

Strategies to Improve Memory and Learn New Information

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:J Walter Wilson 203
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Memory is a highly complex process involving multiple components working simultaneously, and we all use strategies throughout our day to remember the variety of facts and ideas we need to retain. In this workshop, you will learn how brains tend to remember information that forms a memorable pattern and the different efficient strategies that can be used to improve your memory and learning.

Sunday, February 28th

Writing Papers for Social Science and Humanities

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:J Walter Wilson 203
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Midterm papers getting you down? Not sure where to begin or maybe just want to brush up on the writing process? Writing papers can actually be an intellectually stimulating and rewarding process, it just takes a bit of practice. Come join the Academic Support Services Office on Sunday, February 28 at 7PM in JWW 203 for a workshop on the paper writing process. 

Tuesday, March 1st

Using Visual Processing & Doodling to Understand Complex Ideas in STEM

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.

Monday, March 7th

Research Papers & Other Long Term Projects

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 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!

Tuesday, March 8th

Efficient Academic Reading

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:J Walter Wilson 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!