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Academic Support

student speaking with professor at the new student advising fair

Academic support can be accessed through the Office of Academic Affairsclass deans, academic departments (peer mentors, clinics, and review sessions), the Writing Center (Writing Associates), and in the residence halls (Student Academic Mentors). No fees are required for any of these services.

Many resources exist for those experiencing a specific academic difficulty. If you are looking for some extra help, please be in touch with one of the people listed below. If you are not sure who to contact, contact your class dean or an academic dean.

Discipline-specific support:

  • Chemistry: Ginger Heck, 610-328-8524
  • Chinese language tutoring: Kirsten Speidel, 610-328-7766
  • Computer Science: Ninjas, Lauri Courtenay, 610-957-6062
  • Engineering: Wizards, Ann Ruether, 610-328-8081
  • Japanese language tutoring: Will Gardner, 610-690-6875
  • Mathematics or Statistics: PiRates, Danielle Ledford, 610-328-8445
  • Physics or Astronomy: Ann Ruether, 610-328-8081
  • Other disciplines: your course professor

General academic support:

Academic Workshops

We offer workshops on time management, study skills, class participation, and other topics. Upcoming workshops on campus include:

Language Study Skills Workshop (in partnership with the Department of Modern Languages and Literature)

  • Thursday, September 6
  • 4:15 - 5:15 pm
  • Kohlberg 326 - Language Resource Center

Multilingual Welcome (Back) Drop-In ( Prof. Mera Ford, Writing Associates Program)

  • Monday, September 10
  • 12:15 - 1:15 pm
  • Sharples 208

Take Charge of your Time Workshop 

  • Wednesday, September 12
  • 12:30-1:10 pm
  • Kohlberg 115
  • bring your syllabi, lunch and planner (if you have one)

Schedule note: Friday, September 14: Add/Drop ends

Participating Effectively in Class Workshop 

  • Professors' advice on what to do and what not to do
  • Monday, September 17
  • 4:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Kohlberg 115

Studying Science - talk by Prof. Amy Vollmer (Biology Dept.)

  • Advice compiled from interviews of many faculty in the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering
  • Thursday, September 20
  • 6:30 - 7:30 pm

  • Science Center 199

Cultural Contexts of Academic Writing - workshop by Prof. Mera Ford, Writing Associates Program

  • Friday, September 21
  • 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Trotter 120 - Writing Center

The Art of Reading at Swarthmore - talk by Prof. Tim Burke (History Dept.)

  • Monday, September 24
  • 4:30 pm
  • Science Center 199

Navigating the Student Health Insurance Plan (presented by Student Health and Wellness)

  • Wednesday, September 26
  • 12:30-1:10 pm
  • Science Center 102

These events are a collaborative effort of the Dean's Division, faculty, and the Student Academic Mentors (SAMs). If you have ideas for new programming, please let us know.

If you are unable to attend a workshop due to another event or commitment, we would be pleased to talk with you or schedule an additional time.