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 Learning Resources Office helps students navigate the unique academic environment at Swarthmore. Coordinator Leslie Hempling works individually and with groups of students on skills that are important to college success. Topics may include time management, organization, reading strategies, study skills, and test-taking strategies. Sessions are tailored to students' needs and help students discover academic strategies that work best for their particular learning styles.
How do I make an appointment?
Contact Leslie Hempling at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-690-5014. Or stop by Parrish 113 (West wing). Appointment times are flexible.
What happens during my session? What should I bring?
Each session is tailored to your needs. We'll work together on your particular goals and projects. Bring copies of your course syllabi, a planning calendar, and any relevant course readings or assignments.
Download any of the flyers below to help you with your academic planning.
- Semester At A Glance Spring 2014 [pdf]
- 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]
Spring 2014 Workshops
Friday, January 31, 12:30-1:10 pm, Upper Tarble
Are you tired of those moments of panic where you realize you have a test and two papers due in two days? Can't find the instructions for your lab report buried in your backpack? Bring your syllabi, your calendar, your backpack and your lunch. We'll help you get organized for the semester in this hands-on work session.
Tuesday, February 11, 4:30-5:30 pm, Scheuer Room
Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of assigned reading? Do you spend many hours reading and then don't remember much? Do you have trouble talking in class about the reading? Would you like to write papers more efficiently? Join faculty and students from the divisions of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Engineering to learn strategies for reading more effectively.
Monday, February 24, 7:00-8:00 pm, Scheuer Room
Does it take you forever to get started on a project or a paper? Do you find it difficult to turn things in because they aren't "ready" yet? Do you worry about whether your work is good enough? Learn about perfectionism and ways of addressing it.
PARTICIPATING EFFECTIVELY IN CLASS
Thursday, February 27, 4:30-5:30 pm, Scheuer Room
Are you concerned that you'll say the wrong thing in class? Worried you're talking too much? You are not alone. Join faculty members and fellow students to learn strategies for contributing constructively to class discussion. Faculty participants are: Christy Scheutze (Sociology & Anthropology), Deborah Bergstrand (Math & Statistics), Vince Formica (Biology), Elaine Allard (Educational Studies), and Anthony Foy (English Literature).
Monday, March 24, 4:30-5:30 pm, Scheuer Room
Tired of scrambling at the last minute? Tired of struggling to manage your time and your workload? Just plain tired? You are not alone. This workshop will feature strategies to stop procrastinating and start DOING. Bring one important thing that you have been putting off doing, and we will tackle it.
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.