What resources will be available to me after my classes begin in the fall?
In addition to mentoring from your professors in the Summer Scholars Program, Swarthmore provides an array of resources, including tutoring and academic advising, to help all students succeed. We are dedicated to your success! In addition, many Swarthmore students participate in peer mentoring programs. Students are committed to helping each other do well; here are some examples:
Writing Associates: The Writing Associates Program has been active at Swarthmore for more than 25 years. Writing Associates, or WAs, as they are commonly known, are fellow Swatties who have been trained as peer writing coaches. WAs are available to help you with writing projects in all disciplines, whether it's a biology lab report, a religion essay, or a psychology research paper. You can talk to WAs about your projects at any stage of the writing process, from thinking through an outline to polishing a final draft. The Writing Center is open every day.
Speaking Associates:Speaking Associates, or SPAs, are Writing Associates who have received additional training in how to deliver oral presentations. If you need help creating visual aids, speaking in front of a group of people, or fielding questions about your work, SPAs can help!
Science Associates:Science Associates are advanced biology students who work with other students in small discussion groups. These sessions focus on creating better problem-solving techniques, and snacks are also available!
Ninjas:Ninjas are student mentors in the Computer Science Department. If you take a computer science course or lab, ninjas will be there to guide you. Ninjas also hold study sessions to help prepare for tests, work through lab assignments, and share snacks in a friendly, confidence-building environment.
Pi-rates: Pi-rates are student assistants in designated first year math classes. They attend class to help guide group work and run evening sessions offering help on homework, and general support.
Wizards: Whether you plan to take engineering classes, wizards can show you the ropes. Wizard sessions are held regularly to answer questions and get help with your homework.
Student Academic Mentors: No matter where you live on campus, a SAM (Student Academic Mentor) will be one of your neighbors. Every residence hall has SAMs on hand to help you with general college skills like time management, organization, study strategies, and reading techniques. SAMs are also ready to assist you with subject-specific challenges.
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"Learning about yourself and how you think is one of the most important things you'll do here. Learning how others can help you is the other most important thing."
- Summer Scholar, Class of 2022