Student Affairs - Dean's Office
Student Handbook

When You're Having Trouble

  • Your Course Professor
    • If you are having trouble in a course, you should first consult with the course professor about strategies that will improve your ability to master the course material(s). In some instances, the professor may suggest strategies on how to read the text, tutoring, the Writing Workshop, or the Math Workshop.
  • Class Deans
    • The class deans provide advice on how to achieve academic success, as well as personal and social advice. If you are having difficulty in a course, please consult with your class dean.

  • Tutoring
    • Some departments have tutors and writing assistants assigned to courses. Please ask the professor of your course for information about how you can obtain a tutor for the course.

      Wesleyan Opportunity Program (WOP): Tutoring Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

      A student who needs assistance should consult with his or her class dean, who will help the student obtain a tutor through the WOP. Tutors who participate in the WOP are undergraduate and graduate students who are identified by members of the faculty and are paid a stipend.

      Writing at Wesleyan: The Writing Workshop, 279 Court Street, Room 102, 685-2440

      Many students need short-and long-term assistance in acquiring writing skills that are appropriate for Wesleyan. The Writing Workshop has a staff of writing tutors who will work with you individually at any stage of your writing assignments ranging from generating, discussing, and developing ideas; editing a draft of an assignment; and reviewing your professor's comments.

      Special individual tutorials are offered to students who speak English as a second language (ESL) and for students with learning disabilities. In addition to support for ESL students, writing tutors are assigned to some of the courses that emphasize writing.

  • Courses with Special Emphasis on Writing
    • Ranging across the curriculum from anthropology to art history, government, dance, fiction writing, poetry, philosophy, sociology, and women's studies, these courses offer writing practice as an integral part of the course work. Students are encouraged to revise their papers and discuss work-in-progress with the instructor or with writing tutors assigned to the course.

      Look for a list of courses with special emphasis on writing at the front of each semester's Course Book.

  • English as a Second Language
    • The staff of the Writing Workshop can help you if you want to edit your course papers or gain informal practice in English conversation. Call any time during the semester to make an appointment to meet with a tutor, or use the workshop's drop-in hours in the Public Affairs Center. The workshop also provides semester-long, full-credit ESL tutorials adapted to each student's needs. While the workshops do not offer courses that are designated as ESL courses, it does offer writing classes that are particularly appropriate for bilingual or ESL students. These writing classes are taught by the Writing Program's ESL Program Director/Coordinator of International Students Academic Advisor Alice Hadler and are included in the English Department's course listings. Alice Hadler also provides for-credit tutorials in writing. For more information on these and other academic support and services for international students, please contact her.
  • Math Workshop: Enhancing Quantitative Skills
    • Many departments, for example, astronomy, economics, and computer science, have mathematics requirement or mathematics prerequisites. A student who needs assistance with developing mathematics skills should seek help through the Math Workshop.

      The purpose of the Math Workshop is to enhance the mathematical and quantitative skills of interested students. The Math Workshop staff aims not only to bring strong students to a position of excellence, but also to bring students whose backgrounds are weak to a position of strength. Registration in a mathematics course is not a prerequisite for using the facilities of the Math Workshop. Tutoring and group tutorials are available by appointment (685-2205). The workshop facilities are available to the entire Wesleyan community on a drop-in basis.

      The Math Workshop is located in 127 Science Center; open Monday–Thursday, 2:30–5 p.m., and Sunday–Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

  • Life and Physical Sciences
    • The life and physical sciences departments have tutors, study groups, and a mentoring program. Based on research that has shown that students learn and retain more when they work in groups and learn from their peers, science departments have developed peer mentoring programs.

      The Life Sciences Mentored Study Group Program organizes study groups for students in introductory biology and chemistry courses. Students may join study groups at any time during the semester, and they may organize a group on their own or with classmates. Each group is assigned a mentor. The only requirements are enrollment in the associated courses and a commitment to the rest of the group to prepare for and regularly attend the group.

      The study groups meet for one hour each week to go over course material, work on problems, and discuss study and exam-taking strategies. The mentors are responsible for ensuring that the groups meet, review course materials, and solve problems.

  • Language Laboratory
    • The Language Laboratory provides support with audio, video, and computer materials to all foreign-language courses taught at Wesleyan. Most materials are integral to specific courses; they are all to be used in the premises. The lab is located at 207 Fisk Hall and is open Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m – 5 p.m. and 7:15 – 10:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 2 p.m., and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. and 7:15 – 11 p.m.

      For more information: 685-3393.