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Academic Support

SEAS provides free academic assistance to all undergraduate SEAS students in a range of introductory and engineering-specific courses. Some of the resources offered are PAL Study Halls and Academic Commons. Read more about each type below.

Comments, questions, or concerns? Contact [email protected].

The Academic Commons is a “one-stop shop” for academic resources and services across the university coordinated by GW Libraries and Academic Innovation. Academic Commons connects you to academic support for your Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology and other subject area needs through multiple types of support, such as individual peer tutoring, drop-in sessions, and weekly reviews. You can also connect with research and statistical consulting, study skills resources, research opportunities, and much more.

Academic Commons programs will be conducted remotely throughout the virtual learning period.

Course Offering Highlights:

Biological Sciences Chemistry Mathematics Physics
  • BISC 1112
  • BISC 2202
  • BISC 2213
  • BISC 2336
  • BISC 2450
  • BISC 2452
  • CHEM 1110
  • CHEM 1111
  • CHEM 1112
  • CHEM 2152
  • CHEM 3165
  • MATH 1221
  • MATH 1231
  • MATH 1232
  • MATH 2184
  • MATH 2233
  • PHYS 1011
  • PHYS 1012
  • PHYS 1021
  • PHYS 1022

Additionally, checkout the many workshops that will help you develop your data and software skills.

Our Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Study Halls provide academic support by major through carefully selected core engineering and computer science courses taught during your freshman, sophomore, and junior year. These study halls allow you to clarify new concepts, practice example problems, and review difficult readings with the help of our PALs. Bring your notes, your textbooks, and your friends!

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program is led by current undergraduate SEAS students that have excelled academically and who have a passion for teaching/learning. If you are interested in becoming a PAL, please fill out this application and submit to [email protected].

Schedule for Spring 2021:

Click here to join study halls.

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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) hosts a weekly study hall offering help in multiple computer science related courses. The schedule is as follows:

Day
Time
Location

Sunday
2-4 PM
Discord

Courses Covered
  • CSCI 1111
  • CSCI 1112
  • CSCI 1121
  • CSCI 1311
  • CSCI 2113
  • CSCI 2312
  • CSCI 2441
  • CSCI 2461
  • CSCI 2541
  • CSCI 3410

In addition, several courses in SEAS have dedicated Learning Assistants (LAs) and/or Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) that hold weekly office hours intended to assist students with learning the content of their respective course.

To find the schedule of UTA and LA office hours, please look at the SEAS Academic Support Calendar featured at the bottom of the page. If you are interested in becoming a UTA/LA, please fill out this application and submit to [email protected].

Schedule for Spring 2021:

Please click here to view the schedule for office hours for UTAs and LAs.

The SEAS Together Committee is made up of undergraduate students within SEAS who are committed to the mission and goals of the SEAS Diversity and Inclusion Initiative: to improve the academic success and engagement of underrepresented groups in SEAS while fostering a strong sense of community. The Committee is committed to developing new programs that provide support for these students and to cultivate successful leaders within the SEAS community and beyond. Our newest initiative is the SEAS Together Peer Tutoring Program, which piloted in the Fall 2020 semester and aims to assist first year students in adapting to a college course load. 

If you are interested in volunteering to be one of our peer tutors, please click HERE If you would like to request a tutor, please click HERE or send us an email at [email protected].

The University Writing Center offers members of the GW community opportunities to receive dedicated attention to their writing and research projects at all stages of the writing process. Their trained writing consultants work with writers from the first-year college experience up through post-doctorate and faculty levels. Rather than providing proofreading and editing, the Writing Center works to help the people who come through our doors strengthen their abilities as writers and to become stronger editors of their own work.

Click here to learn more about services offered.
Click here to schedule a free appointment.

 

 

Online learning is new to many students and it can complicate your approach to learning and remaining engaged in your courses. Here are some resources to help you stay engaged while learning remotely.

Manage Your Time Wisely

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Time management is one of the most important skills to master to work most efficiently. Online learning can make it difficult to appropriately divide your time and procrastination is easier when you are constantly on the internet.

Proper time management consists of prioritizing tasks, limiting distractions, and utilizing every hour of the day to your benefit.

Here are some helpful resources on improving your time management skills:
From TED: How to Gain Control of Your Free Time
From Purdue University: Mastering Time Management for Busy College Students
From Princeton University: Effective Time Management and Overcoming Procrastination

Unsure how well you manage your time? Take this questionnaire to find out!

Stay Organized

Staying organized can make completing tasks and assignments easier and quicker. Keeping organized refers to a multitude of things, including creating a schedule, setting daily goals, and creating and actively taking organized notes.

Even though classes are online, organizing a physical study space to utilize when taking classes and studying can greatly improve the quality of your learning. In addition, keeping track of where documents are located on your computer through organized filing systems will help allow online classes to run smoothly.

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Here are some helpful resources to help you stay organized:
From Dartmouth College: Making a Schedule
From University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Effective Note Taking in Class

Want to know how well your planning skills are? Take this questionnaire to find out!

Maintain Healthy Self Care Habits

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Keeping healthy -both physically and mentally- will also help to get through online lectures and assignments! This means forming habits that promote healthy living, like getting ample sleep each night, eating healthy foods, and exercising daily.

Check out these Tips for Self Care from the Colonial Health Center for more information on improving your well being.

Maintain Community/Social Learning

Remote learning does not mean that academic support is not available to students. Maintaining a sense of community within SEAS is one way that will make asking for help easier. Professors, teaching assistants, tutors, and your peers are always just a phone call or video call away!

Students can collectively collaborate remotely for group projects, study sessions, homework help, and other assignments using the following video conference platforms:

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Webex is available for all GW faculty, staff, and students. It is a collaborative meeting tool that allows for real-time video meetings and sharing of computer content over the internet. Click this link to get started!

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Zoom is available as a free resource through its basic membership, which includes 40 minute conference sessions, unlimited 1-on-1 calls, up to 100 participants, and group conferencing features. Click this link to get started!

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Google Meet is available and free to anyone with a Google Account. Host or join a meeting directly through a gmail account. Users can host one hour long sessions with up to 100 participants. Video features include screen sharing and live captioning. Click this link to get started!

Other Resources

International Student? Click here for more tips on online learning

Interested in improving other academic, professional, or technical skills while online? Check out the Tools for your success: SEAS Your Future webpage.

Tompkins Takeover is an annual study break event hosted by SEAS during the start of finals week. Students come to Tompkins Hall for coffee, donuts, conversation, and 24 hour access to study rooms and computer labs. This year there may not be free coffee and donuts (still plenty of virtual lab access!)  but that doesn't mean that there will not be study breaks. Tompkins Takeover will be a week long event with fun virtual study break activities instead!

Schedule of events for 12/07-12/10:

Monday 12/07 @ 7pm 

Game Night!

Tuesday 12/08 @ 7:30 pm 

Color your stresses away

Wednesday 12/09 @ 6pm 

Easy to Make Mug Cakes and Preparing for Finals

Thursday 12/10 @ 5pm 

Trivia 

 

To access all event links, please click here.

 

Coloring Page Resources for Tuesday’s Event:

Online Coloring Book

Mandala Print Outs

SEAS Themed Coloring Pages

(SEAS images taken from Ballinger) 


 

Studying for finals is typically a stressful time during the semester, and this virtual semester may bring some added challenges. Below are some tips to make this finals season a little less stressful! 
 

Self Care

Eating right, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and exercising are all ways to relieve stress or help lessen the amount of stress experienced during finals week. Relaxing your mind through meditation is also a helpful tool to de-stress. Here are some resources to help figure out what works best for you! 

From University of Arizona:  Smart Study Snacks

From Harvard University: Mindfulness Meditation

From Ace Fit: Home Workout Ideas: No Equipment Necessary!

 

Start studying early 

Cramming works for some students, but it is generally not a great approach to preparing for finals and can be stress and anxiety inducing. Instead, try to plan ahead and prepare materials to study early on so studying the week of or night before the exam will not be as intense. In addition, study groups (even virtual ones) with your peers can help clarify course material and reduce stress while being in a supportive environment.

From Claremont Mckenna College: Final Exam Preparation Tips

 

Remember to Take Study Breaks

Whether it is getting fresh air and a walk outdoors, watching an episode of your favorite TV show, or virtually hanging out with your friends, breaks in between long study sessions are imperative to de stress and make the most of your study time. 

 

SEAS Academic Support Calendar

This calendar will highlight all PAL Study Halls and review sessions.