Welcome to the Office of Learning Resources!
Academic life at Swarthmore can present questions and challenges for all students-whether one is a first-year student adjusting to Swarthmore's curriculum or a senior preparing for Honors exams. The Office of Learning Resources helps students navigate the unique academic environment at Swarthmore. Coordinator Leslie Hempling works individually and with groups of students on skills critical to college success, including time management, organization, reading strategies, study skills, and test-taking strategies. Sessions are tailored to students' needs and are a collaborative process designed to help students discover academic strategies that work best for their particular learning styles. The Office of Learning Resources also offers group workshops each semester on special topics, including Time Management, Studying Foreign Languages, Studying Science, Reading Strategies, and Exam Preparation.
How do I make an appointment?
Contact Leslie Hempling at email@example.com or 610-690-5014. Or stop by Parrish 130 (East wing, first floor, across from the Registrar's office). Appointment times are flexible, ranging from 20 minutes to an hour.
What happens during my session? What should I bring?
Each session is tailored to your needs. It is an interactive process through which you and the Learning Resources Coordinator can determine your goals and address them according to your personal learning style. Please bring copies of your course syllabi, a planning calendar (e.g., hard copy calendar or an electronic calendar), relevant course assignments (including works-in-progress if you would like), and any course reading you would like to address.
We invite you to download any of the worksheets below to help you with your academic planning.
- Semester At A Glance Fall 2014 [doc]
- Weekly Planner [doc]
- Monthly Calendar [doc]
- Time Management Strategies [doc]
- Taking Stock of Your Time Worksheet [doc]
- Tips for Notetaking [doc]
- Reading Strategies for Textbooks [doc]
What kind of help is available after hours?
There are many academic support options available at Swarthmore, including study clinics, individual tutoring, Student Academic Mentors, and Writing Associates. Visit the websites below to learn more. If you do not initially see a clinic or support option in the department that you need, do not hesitate to speak with your professor, Learning Resources Coordinator Leslie Hempling, or the Dean's office to explore options. We want to support you in all of your academic work.
Study Clinics and Other Academic Support Options
This is not an exhaustive list. If you do not see the subject area in which you need help, please speak with your professor or the Dean's Office about options.