Resources & Events at the StAAR Center

Student Organizations and Events

ABLE

(Access Betters the Lives of Everyone) a Tufts Student group focused on connecting students with disabilities to form a mutually supportive community, to advocate for disability rights on campus and beyond, and to educate the Tufts community about disabilities. Interested in joining? Contact them at: ABLE.Tufts@gmail.com Follow them on Instagram: @ABLE.Tufts You can also find ABLE on JumboLife!

Resources for Online Learning
  • Tip Sheet on how to stay proactive and focused at home
  • We have also created videos on various strategies from tackling test taking to creating a workspace at home.  
Resources for Academic Skills

Through individual and group programming, Tufts Academic Coaching Program attends to the needs of a diverse community of learners that includes one-on-one coaching, academic skills and discipline-specific workshops, and small group tutoring for specific courses. Students may meet with members of our staff at any point during their Tufts career. Find out more about what the Academic Coaching Program can do for you!

Resources for Writing

Whether you are a first-year undergraduate writing your first college paper or a doctoral candidate writing your dissertation, our goal is to help you feel confident about your writing at any stage of the writing process. Find out more about StAAR Writing Support today.

Technology Resources for Student

SensusAccess

Students, staff and faculty, regardless of if they are approved through our office, will have the ability to use this service to change the format of files they use in their college experience. This service allows students to transfer between inaccessible and accessible formats such as turning scanned PDFs into accessible PDFs, Word documents or even MP3s.The instructions on how to use SensusAccess are straightforward, but will rely on the student providing a "@tufts.edu" email address.  

Please follow the SensusAccess Portal link to be redirected to the page to upload files.

Read and Write

Is a literacy software that helps students with studying, writing, reading, and research skills. Many of the features including text-to-speech, a dictionary, a translator, speech input, and highlighting, make materials accessible to students. The software also has a ton of built in help videos to help users if they need to review the functionalities available, and can be installed independently of our office. 

More information can be found on our Assistive Technology Website.

Upcoming Workshops

All StAAR Center Workshops during Spring 2021 will be held via Zoom. Workshop recordings and handouts will be posted to the StAAR Center Student Resources course on Canvas. For accessibility accommodations, please contact staarcenter@tufts.edu

Workshop Calendar and Registration

 

   

April 2021

Friday, April 2nd, 3:30-4:15pm

Big Projects, Small Steps: An Introduction to Project Planning

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Friday, April 2nd, 6:00-6:45pm

Getting Involved in Engineering Research

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Tuesday, April 6th, 6:00-6:45pm

Writing Your Results Sections for Statistics Projects

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Tuesday, April 6th, 6:00-6:45pm

Tackling Test Taking and Test Stress

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Wednesday, April 7th, 6:00-6:45pm

Citation Managers for STEM Subjects and How to Use Them

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Friday, April 9th, 3:30-4:15pm

Presentation Skills: Form, Content, and Visuals for Online or Live Environments

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Saturday, April 10th, 1:00-1:45pm

Writing Your Results Sections for Statistics Projects

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Monday, April 12th, 6:00-6:45pm

How to Join (and Succeed!) in a Lab

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Tuesday, April 13th, 6:00-6:45pm

Personal Statement Workshop

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Friday, April 16th, 3:30-4:15pm

Get Started, Stay Engaged: How to Initiate Work and Avoid Procrastination

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Monday, April 19th, 6:00-6:45pm

Reading Figures in Science Courses

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Tuesday, April 20th, 6:00-6:45pm

Managing Your Time in College

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Wednesday, April 21st, 6:00-6:45pm

Reading Lab Protocols

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Friday, April 23rd, 3:30-4:15pm

Big Projects, Small Steps: An Introduction to Project Planning

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Monday, April 26th, 6:00-6:45pm

Writing Your Own Practice Problems

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Tuesday, April 27th, 6:00-6:45pm

Tackling Test Taking and Test Stress

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Friday, April 30th, 3:30-4:15pm

Presentation Skills: Form, Content, and Visuals for Online or Live Environments

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Academic Skills Workshop Descriptions

Managing Your Time in College: Learn different options for planning systems to find what works for you. Practice a weekly time management exercise. This 45-minute session also includes guided practice incorporating syllabus information into your personal planning system.

Online Learning: How to Manage, Engage, and Succeed:  This 45-minute session will include tips for engaging in coursework remotely (lectures, studying, and taking exams) as well as guided practice to help you set up a schedule that works for you!

Studying Remotely: Find a Partner, Make a Plan: Connect with other students, make a plan, and learn how to maximize your study time. This 45-minute session will give students time to meet study partners and create a system for semester-long success. 

Navigating Your Reading Load:  Develop strategies to help you read more actively, efficiently, and with greater comprehension.  This 45-minute, interactive workshop is perfect for students with heavy reading loads, or those who just want to remember what they read.

Notetaking for Live and Online Lectures: Learn to take notes for synchronous or asynchronous classes, and for lectures or when reading and studying.  Develop and practice strategies during this interactive, 45-minute workshop that will help you make the most of your notetaking.

Tackling Test Taking and Test Stress: Make a plan to study for exams, including how to take tests in an online environment, create study guides, and create a preparation plan.  This 45-minute interactive workshop will incorporate information from your course syllabi and Canvas to help you be prepared.

Big Projects, Small Steps: An Introduction to Project Planning:  Need to tackle a big end-of-semester project, a looming set of deadlines or another pesky assignment?  This interactive, 45-minute workshop will give you the skills to project-plan any task and meet your deadlines.  

Get Started, Stay Engaged:  How to Initiate Work and Avoid Procrastination:  During this interactive, 45-minute workshop, students will be given an opportunity to make progress on a task they’ve been putting off and learn helpful tricks for “getting started.”  Participants will also learn tips to avoid and address procrastination when it strikes.

Presentation Skills:  Preparing and Giving a Public Talk Online or In-Person: Students in this workshop will learn and practice techniques for developing and delivering a public talk in any academic setting. In this 45-minute workshop, participants will also learn best practices for presenting online.

Writing Skills Workshop Descriptions

Jumpstart Your Paper: Join us for strategies for understanding prompts and getting started in the writing process. We can use the writing prompt from your class that students are working on or practice with our samples! 

Thesis Statement Lab: Students can bring a working thesis statement to refine or use our samples to practice methods for strengthening their argument with a focus on scope, depth, and analysis.

Personal Statement Workshop: This workshop will help you understand the purpose of the personal statement for your applications and begin the writing process. Discussion and activities will help brainstorm possible topics, choose a focus, and organize your essay so that it reflects your future goals. Depending on the time of year, we may focus on a specific type of application, but our writing activities will apply to a variety of opportunities.

Discipline-Specific Workshop Descriptions

How to Join (and Succeed!) in a Lab:  Looking to join a lab but not sure where to start? Look no further. In this workshop we will cover finding a lab, what to look for in a lab, how to approach faculty, and finally how to succeed.

Back to Basics: Understanding Pronunciation: By looking at where sounds come from and how we transcribe them, understand how to perfect pronunciation in a new language. In this workshop you will learn how to diagnose pronunciation problems, specifically target them, and speak with confidence!

Translating for Foreign Language Exams: This workshop is specially designed for students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences who must pass the exam for Reading Knowledge of a Foreign Language. This interactive workshop will share best practices for preparation as well as test-taking strategies.

Speaking with Fluency: Conversation Practice During Language Learning: Learn to make the most of conversation practice while studying a foreign language at Tufts!  Students will learn how to identify learning goals for a conversation practice session and use conversation groups as a tool for absorbing material learned in class.

Reading Lab Protocols for Success: Successfully reading and understanding a written lab protocol is an important component of success in any course that includes time in a lab.  Join this interactive workshop to learn how to break down a lab protocol for maximum understanding.

Statistics Fundamentals: All statistical tests share similar goals, calculations, and theory. Once you understand these bigger-pictures concepts, it will be much easier to keep track of each individual test. Come to learn about hypothesis testing, p-values, confidence intervals, and more! 

Writing Your Own Practice Problems: Honing problem-solving skills is a key aspect to success in science, math, and a host of other subject areas. During this interactive workshop, students in any course will learn how to create their own practice problems, so they never run out of opportunities to practice!

Planning and Organizing for Engineers: Work life balance can be hard to attain as an engineer between readings and projects and extracurriculars. In this workshop we discuss tools and tips to organize your life and find time for all the things you want to and need to do.

Citation Managers for STEM Subjects and How to Use Them: Do you have to produce a research paper, poster, or thesis this semester? Don't write your citations manually! In this workshop, we'll show you how to use software that can help you organize, annotate and cite literature--and even write your bibliography for you! This workshop will focus primarily on EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero.

Group Projects for Engineers: Group projects are notoriously arduous but they don’t have to be. Getting everyone on the same page, meeting deadlines and communicating can be tricky. In this workshop we discuss tips and tools to set you up for smooth sailing in your next group project.

Reading Figures in Science Courses: Learning to read figures is a key component to success in the natural sciences and a host of other subject areas. During this interactive workshop, students will learn how to maximize learning from figures, images, and other visual sources of information.

Getting Involved in Engineering Research: Whether joining a lab and conducting hands-on research is a requirement of your degree or if you simply want to experience conduction research with a professor, getting started can be daunting. In this workshop we will discuss the basics of finding a professor, reaching out, and starting research.  

Writing Your Results Sections of Statistics Projects: After running your statistics, you need to write up your results. Each test requires you to present certain information in a certain format. Learn to write a results section more efficiently, and to avoid losing points for small mistakes in your results section. 

Accountability Groups

Check-In, Check-Out – Sundays, 10:00am – 4:00pm (Starting February 7th):  Join Academic Coaches and Skills Consultants on Sundays for a full day of goal-setting and independent work. “Check-In” with a Coach at the start of the day to set intentional goals and troubleshoot getting started.  “Check-Out” via email at day’s end by reporting on your successes and challenges.  Register on Tutor Finder!

Writing Power Hour – Wednesdays, 7-8:00pm (Starting February 10): Join us for this accountability group designed to help you build a regular writing practice into your schedule.  Register on Tutor Finder!