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Academic Support

student speaking with professor at the new student advising fair

Academic support can be accessed through the 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 dean.

Discipline-specific support:

  • Biology: Jocelyne Noveral, 610-690-5760
  • 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: Akiko Imamura, 610-690-5537
  • 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

In collaboration with students, faculty and staff, we offer workshops on time management, study skills, class participation, and other topics. Upcoming workshops on campus include:

Participating Effectively in Class Workshop 

  • professors' advice on what to do and what not to do
  • Monday, September 16
  • 4:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Kohlberg 115  

Take Charge of your Time Workshop 

  • Wednesday, September 18
  • 4:30 - 5:30 pm 
  • Kohlberg 115
  • bring your syllabi and planner (if you have one)

Studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) - talk by Prof. Amy Vollmer (Biology Dept.)

  • advice compiled from interviews of many faculty in the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering
  • Thursday, September 19
  • 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room (first floor)

Cultural Contexts of Academic Discourse - workshop with Prof. Natalie Mera Ford (Multilingual Writing Specialist)   

  • Tuesday, September 24
  • 4:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Trotter 315
  • Learn more about U.S. college writing & speaking conventions

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

  • Wednesday, September 25
  • 4:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Singer Hall 033

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

If you would like to share the workshop schedule with others:

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.