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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. The Academic Commons connects you to academic support for your Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology needs through multiple types of support, such as individual peer tutoring, drop-in sessions, and weekly reviews. You can also find help with other courses such as Economics, Psychology, Sociology, and History as well University Writing

You may visit Academic Commons resources on the entrance floor of Gelman Library. 

Course Offering Highlights:

Biological Sciences Chemistry Mathematics Physics SEAS Specific
  • BISC 1111
  • BISC 1112
  • CHEM 1111
  • CHEM 1112
  • MATH 1220
  • MATH 1221
  • MATH 1231
  • MATH 1232
  • MATH 2233
  • MATH 2184
  • PHYS 1021
  • PHYS 1022
  • PHYS 1025
  • PHYS 1026
  • CSCI 1011
  • MAE 1117
  • MAE 2117

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 Fall 2020:

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:


2-4 PM

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 Fall 2020:

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 is piloting this 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.



The SEAS Computing Facility (SEAS CF) is the academic computing service unit of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. It provides a range of computing resources and support exclusively to SEAS faculty, researchers, staff, and students.

Technical Support

If you need support for file storage, wireless and VPN access, hardware repair, software licenses, and more, SEAS CF can help. See the full range of technical support services.

Software and Applications

SEAS CF manages most software purchases and licenses for the school, provides free software downloads for students for certain programs, and manages software installations on university-owned computers at SEAS. Learn more about SEAS CF software and applications support.

Computing Workshops

During the regular academic year, SEAS CF hosts a wide range of computing-related workshops for SEAS students and faculty. Visit the SEAS CF events page to see the list of workshops and sign up for them. Past workshops include: Linux, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, SolidWorks, and Matlab

Other Services

Do you need help accessing and installing a program or managing a server for research purposes? Perhaps you would like help purchasing software or computing equipment. Or maybe you need an equipment loan for academic purposes. Contact SEAS CF to help with these services and more.

We are happy to announce the dates of the SEAS Computing Facility (SEASCF) MATLAB Workshops! SEASCF will be holding 5 sessions in Tompkins 406 on Sundays 12pm - 2pm.

Sunday, February 2: Programming Basics I
Sunday, February 9: Programming Basics II
Sunday, February 23: Figures & 3D Plotting
Sunday, March 1: Linear Equation & ODE Solving
Sunday, March 8: Image Processing and Toolboxes

Register here.

SEASCF will also be holding MATLAB open office hours throughout the Spring semester in Tompkins 406 on Sundays from 2pm-4pm, Tuesdays from 6pm-10pm and Fridays 1pm-5pm.  To schedule a tutoring appointment, please email  [email protected].

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!

Google Meet icon

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.

SEAS Academic Support Calendar

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