Resources & Events at the StAAR Center

Student Run 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 educte 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 Students

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

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 go.tufts.edu/tutorfinder, 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

September 11, 2020:  Planning Systems: Managing Life with Calendars, Task Lists, and Routines 
Hosted by Claire Weigand
12:00-1:00pm EST

Learn about various planning tools, both paper or digital, simple or detailed. Then, engage in a discussion on how to use planning tools to create routines and balance while preventing burnout.

September 14, 2020: Notes in Lecture: How to Keep Up
Hosted by Kate Pillette
5:00-6:00pm EST

Develop a personal toolset to organize and structure notes in the way that works best for you. During the workshop, practice techniques for previewing, highlighting relevant information, and writing more efficiently. 

September 16, 2020: Skimming Changes Lives: Things They Never Taught You About Reading
Hosted by Claire Weigand
3:00-4:00pm EST

Full reading gathers details well but skimming gives you a map of main concepts which helps more details stick when you full read. Practice strategies for previewing, filtering, and goal setting to make your reading efficient and effective. 

September 17, 2020: Navigating Your Syllabus
Hosted by Kate Pillette
12:00-1:00pm EST

Learn how to pull the most important information from your syllabus to create a road map of the semester. Add key information to your planning system, explore learning objectives, and confidently understand course policies and expectations 

September 21, 2020: How to Remember What you Read
Hosted by Claire Weigand
4:00-5:00pm EST

Learn how to move beyond your passive reading habits and develop more strategies for active processing. Practice techniques that will help you remember what you read in the moment and make it easier to synthesize and cite previous readings for future assignments. 

September 23, 2020: Navigating Your Syllabus 
Hosted by Mary Ellen Vigeant
2:00-3:00pm EST

Learn how to pull the most important information from your syllabus to create a road map of the semester. Add key information to your planning system, explore learning objectives, and confidently understand course policies and expectations 

September 29, 2020: Study Smarter, Not Harder: Test Prep and Study Strategies
Hosted by Mary Ellen Vigeant
1:00-2:00pm 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. 

September 30, 2020: Motivation & Inspiration from Identity & Values
Hosted by Kate Pillette
12:00-1:00pm EST

Consider how your values inform your identity as a student. Use this information to feed your personal motivation and inspiration, and practice strategies for pulling on these resources when your motivation may feel sapped or nonexistent. 

October 2, 2020: Tackling Test Taking and Test Stress 
Hosted by Claire Weigand
12:00-1:00pm 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. 

October 6, 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. 

October 7, 2020: Your Syllabus as a Study Tool
Hosted by Kate Pillette
12:00-1:00pm EST

Learn how to translate your syllabus into a personalized tool to create a study guide and monitor your learning throughout the semester.

October 13, 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. 

October 15, 2020: Go Hard, Rest Hard: Creating Balance and Realistic Goals
Hosted by Claire Weigand
3:30-4:30pm EST

Take time to identify aspects of your life that need to be rebalanced. Learn how to achieve balance through prioritization, recharging, and realistic goal setting.

October 26, 2020: Practical, Not Perfect: Attainable Ambition
Hosted by Mary Ellen Vigeant
3:00-4:00pm EST

Learn the difference between perfectionism and optimalism. Consider the ways in which your work process creates unnecessary challenges for you, and learn strategies for tackling those tendencies.    

October 30, 2020: Big Projects, Small Steps! An Introduction to Backwards Planning 
Host: TBA
Time: TBA

Make your projects easier by learning the process of backwards planning. In the workshop, you will break one of your big projects into small steps and plan backwards from the deadline to the present moment.  

November 6, 2020: Big Projects, Small Steps! An Introduction to Backwards Planning 
Host: Claire Weigand
Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Make your projects easier by learning the process of backwards planning. In the workshop, you will break one of your big projects into small steps and plan backwards from the deadline to the present moment.  

November 10, 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. 

November 12, 2020:  Tackling Test Taking and Test Stress 
Hosted by Mary Ellen Vigeant
4:00-5:00pm 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. 

November 19, 2020: Skimming Changes Lives: Things They Never Taught You About Reading       
Hosted by Claire Weigand
3:00-4:00pm EST

Full reading gathers details well but skimming gives you a map of main concepts which helps more details stick when you full read. Practice strategies for previewing, filtering, and goal setting to make your reading efficient and effective. 

November 30, 2020: Your Syllabus as a Study Tool
Host: TBA
Time: TBA

Learn how to translate your syllabus into a personalized tool to create a study guide and monitor your learning throughout the semester.

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

September 23rd, 2020: Jumpstart Your Paper
Hosted by Rebecca Aberle
1:00-2:00pm EST

Have a writing assignment you can’t decipher? Trouble getting started? Join us for strategies for understanding prompts and getting started in your writing process. Bring a writing prompt to discuss, or practice with our samples! 

September 28th, 2020: Jumpstart Your Paper
Hosted by Rebecca Aberle
7:00-8:00pm EST

Have a writing assignment you can’t decipher? Trouble getting started? Join us for strategies for understanding prompts and getting started in your writing process. Bring a writing prompt to discuss, or practice with our samples! 

September 30th, 2020: Thesis Statement Lab
Hosted by Rebecca Aberle
12:00-1:00pm EST

Bring a working thesis statement to refine, or use our samples to practice methods for strengthening your argument with a focus on scope, depth, and analysis. 

October 5th, 2020: Thesis Statement Lab
Hosted by Genevieve Hay
5:00-6:00pm EST

Bring a working thesis statement to refine, or use our samples to practice methods for strengthening your argument with a focus on scope, depth, and analysis. 

Weekly Writing Groups:

Creative Writing Club
Every Thursday, 12pm – 1pm, starting Sept 24: Bekah Waalkes

Join us for writing prompts and guided freewriting that will get your creative juices flowing! Regular creative and reflective writing can help reduce stress, generate new ideas, and develop a more playful and exploratory writing process. Also: it’s fun! Come write with us!

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

October 5th, 2020: Public Speaking: Gaining Confidence and Style
Hosted by Katie Swimm
4:00-5:00pm EST

Participants in this interactive workshop will learn strategies to feel confident speaking about their work in a variety of settings.  Whether it’s during a class presentation, thesis or dissertation defense, or in other academic settings, students will leave the workshop knowing techniques for preparing and delivering a public talk.

October 14th, 2020: Developing a Public Talk: Content, Form, and Visual Aid
Hosted by Katie Swimm
1:00-2:00pm

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

October 28th, 2020: Public Speaking: Gaining Confidence and Style
Hosted by Katie Swimm
4:00-5:00pm EST

Participants in this interactive workshop will learn strategies to feel confident speaking about their work in a variety of settings.  Whether it’s during a class presentation, thesis or dissertation defense, or in other academic settings, students will leave the workshop knowing techniques for preparing and delivering a public talk.

November 9th, 2020: Developing a Public Talk: Content, Form, and Visual Aids
Hosted by Katie Swimm
3:00-4:00pm

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

November 18th, 2020: Public Speaking: Gaining Confidence and Style
Hosted by Katie Swimm
1:00-2:00pm EST

Participants in this interactive workshop will learn strategies to feel confident speaking about their work in a variety of settings.  Whether it’s during a class presentation, thesis or dissertation defense, or in other academic settings, students will leave the workshop knowing techniques for preparing and delivering a public talk.

December 1st, 2020: Developing a Public Talk: Content, Form, and Visual Aids
Hosted by Katie Swimm
1:00-2:00pm

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

Check back soon workshops are in the works!