Academic Support and Virtual Assistance

Whether you are studying on campus or remotely, Grinnell’s many Academic Resource Centers remain committed to your success this semester. We are all open (working remotely) and available to consult with you.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising staff supports all students and your academic goals. Email advising@grinnell.edu or visit their GrinnellShare page. The Academic Advising Office offers three specific academic resources: individual consultation to discuss any academic-related concern; Partners in Education Program (academic coaching, skill development, and mentoring); and individual tutoring for Humanities and Social Studies courses. Contact advising@grinnell.edu for the first one and Belinda Backous to inquire about the other two resources.

Computer Science Learning Center

The computer science department continues supporting students virtually.

  • Evening (drop-in) tutoring will be available using Blackboard Collaborate.
  • Individual tutors will continue to meet virtually with students who have been assigned an individual tutor.
  • Students who would like to be assigned an individual tutor can speak with their professor about that possibility.
  • Mentors will continue to mentor classes as much as possible based on the class they are mentoring.

Send any questions to Sarah Dahlby Albright, peer education coordinator.

Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab (DASIL)

Email dasil@grinnell.edu to ask questions and to schedule sessions with our student mentors.

DASIL resources, blog posts, updates, and training opportunities (e.g., tech demos in different packages and languages) are available at https://dasil.sites.grinnell.edu/.

Digital Liberal Arts Collaborative (DLAC)

DLAC staff assist students with distance learning. Students can email dlac@grinnell.edu with questions about distance learning or visit the Resources for Students section of the Instructional Continuity page.

Disability Resources

Email access@grinnell.edu to schedule an appointment with one of the disability resources team or e-mail one of us directly: Stacy Turley, John (Jae) Hirschman, or Autumn Wilke. We are available to discuss questions by e-mail, phone, or via Webex.

Languages

  • Arabic – for any questions regarding your class, contact your instructor.
  • Chinese – Chinese tutoring (Chinese Lab) will continue for all levels. Contact Jin Feng (fengjin@grinnell.edu) for details.
  • Classics - Greek and Latin tutoring is available for current elementary/intermediate-level classes. For questions, contact your instructor.
  • French - for any questions regarding your class, contact your instructor.
  • German – for any questions regarding your class, contact your instructor.
  • Japanese – Japanese tutoring (Japanese Lab) will continue for all levels. Contact Mariko Schimmel for details.
  • Russian - for any questions regarding your class, contact your instructor.
  • Spanish - Students may reserve a 20-minute tutor session

Libraries & Librarians

Find out how to access library resources and services while you're learning away from campus. If you need something that you can't find on these pages, please ask us by emailing a librarian at query@grinnell.edu or calling Burling Library at (641) 269-3350.

Math Lab

Students seeking help with Calculus, Introductory or Applied Statistics should check the Math Lab’s GrinnellShare page for the current tutoring schedule. During scheduled drop-in hours please email MathLabTutors@grinnell.edu for help from the tutor currently working. Students who need help outside of scheduled hours, who want to set up an appointment, or who have questions should email Renée Bourgeois Parsons directly.

Psychology Tutoring

Psychology students should consult with their course instructor regarding options for support with course material.

Science Learning Center

  • Science Community Leaders (SCL’s) will be embedded in courses and working closely with the faculty and each other to offer enhanced remote course support. SCLs will reach out regularly through email in the course web site.
  • Students who are regularly attending office hours and SCL sessions may request a small group SLC peer tutor for remote meetings. Students wishing to add small group tutoring to course support can email Minna Mahlab with a request to find you a match.
  • Schedule individual appointments with Minna Mahlab, Director.

Writing, Reading, and Speaking Center

The Writing, Reading, and Speaking Center can provide feedback and support for any project related to writing, reading, or speaking. Whether you're writing a paper for a class, scripting a podcast, or applying for an internship or graduate program; reading academic writing for the first time or sorting through research for your Mentored Academic Project; getting ready for a Tutorial discussion or preparing to present at an academic conference — if you're working on it, we're happy to talk about it with you.

We will work with you at any stage of your process, including reviewing readings, brainstorming ideas, analyzing evidence, developing an argument, organizing a draft, and rewriting sentences for clarity.

Appointments are 40 minutes long. They can be reserved in advance through our online schedule. (You will need to register the first time you use the appointment system.)

To schedule an appointment: 

  • Log in to the schedule.
  • Choose a date and time and the person you want to work with. You can see information about each instructor by clicking on an open appointment. We have extended our hours for the 2020-21 academic year; see the schedule for details about when we're open.
  • Choose a synchronous meeting (real-time conversation) or asynchronous meeting (draft review). We strongly recommend synchronous meetings! Interactive conversations are the best way for us to learn more about what you're thinking and planning. These meetings are especially useful if you're in the planning stages of a project, if you're feeling stuck, or if you already have some ideas about what to revise and want to talk through how to revise. And, of course, they're a good way to get feedback on any draft. We also offer asynchronous draft review for students whose time zones or course schedules don't allow synchronous meetings.
  • Provide as much information as you can about the course, the assignment, and your goals for the session.

The appointment system will email you a reminder the day before your session.

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