Resources & Events at the StAAR Center

Student Run Events


(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 educte the Tufts community about disabilities. Interested in joining? Contact them at: 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 Students


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 "" 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

The goal of StAAR Workshops are to help student achieve optimal study skills and work/life balance in order to have a well-rounded experience during your time at Tufts. Check out our Workshop Calendar below to see what we are offering this semester. To register and for more information about our workshops, please go to, and click on “Workshops".  If you miss an event you can watch the recorded version on our StAAR Canvas page. 

Please note: All StAAR Center Workshops during Fall 2020 will be held via Zoom. 

Academic Skills Workshops

December 2, 2020: Study Smarter, Not Harder: Test Prep & Study Strategies
Hosted Claire Weigand
3:00-4:00pm EST

Learn how to build a study environment that works best for you. Avoid cramming by creating a study plan that includes breaks and time to self-quiz, identify weak spots, and ask questions. Identify study strategies and memorization techniques for your learning style. 

December 3, 2020: Tackling Test Taking and Test Stress
Hosted by Mary Ellen Vigeant
1:00-2:00pm EST

Learn tools to manage distractions and keep track of time during an exam. Understand how to preview an exam, approach different exam formats, and what to do if you get “stuck”. In this workshop, we will also demystify test stress and learn effective coping strategies. 

December 8 ,2020: Procrastination & Motivation: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Hosted by Claire Weigand
6:00-7:00pm EST

Learn to identify the root causes of procrastination and develop personal strategies for reducing it to a healthy level. Demystify motivation; learn where it comes from and what drains it. 

Writing Workshops

Weekly Writing Groups:

Writing Power Hour
Every Tuesday, 7:30pm – 8:30pm, starting Sept 22: Jared Pence

Join us for this accountability group designed to help you build a regular writing practice into your schedule. Use this time to complete weekly writing assignments, to carve out time for a longer project, or anything in between. A writing consultant will be available for questions or feedback upon request.

Writers Block for Graduate Students
Fridays 9am – 12pm starting Sept 11: Taylor Parrish

This weekly accountability group is designed to help graduate students carve out regularly-scheduled writing practice in order to make significant progress on seminar papers, theses, dissertations, publications, and other graduate writing projects.

Public Speaking Workshops

December 1st, 2020: Developing a Public Talk: Content, Form, and Visual Aids
Hosted by Katie Swimm

Participants in this workshop will learn how to develop a public talk for a variety of academic settings.  Whether you’re presenting a poster session, a paper at a conference, or an in-class project, we’ll show you how to create a compelling argument and accompanying visual aids

Discipline-Specific Workshops

Monday, November 23rd, 2020: Planning your Statistics Project for Graduate Students
Hosted by Julia Mertens
5:00-6:30pm EST

Graduate-level statistics courses tell you what to do once you begin analyzing your data. In this workshop, learn what to consider before you ever run a test, and how to create analysis plans, preregistrations, and registered reports. 

December 3rd, 2020: Back to Basics: Understanding Pronunciation
Hosted by Bilal Rahmani
2:00-3:00pm EST

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!

Working Sessions for Natural Sciences. Do you have questions about studying for science classes? Are you seeking accountability to work through problem sets or study for an exam? Join the StAAR Center's Academic Mentors in the Natural Sciences for unstructured working sessions.  Sessions are Fridays from 9-10am, and Mondays from 5-6pm.  Sign up on Tutor Finder!

Chair Yoga and Sound Meditation

Join the StAAR center on December 14th from 4:30pm-5:30pm for a virtual Chair Yoga session followed by a Sound Bowl Meditation with Nicole Seigal. No registration needed, link coming soon.