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.

  • Dean's Office Peer Tutoring Program

    Peer tutors provide supplementary course content instruction for students who request them. Tutors are employed by the University and paid by the Deans' Office.  Tutees are self-identified, or are referred to the program by professors, departments, and interdisciplinary programs, the tutoring program coordinator, or their class dean.

    For more information, contact your class dean or contact the Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources - Laura Patey, North College 021 (lpatey@wesleyan.edu, x 5581)

  • Writing Workshop appointment and drop-in hours

    At the Writing Workshop a staff of trained peer tutors is available to meet with you at every stage of the writing process. You can meet with a tutor to discuss ideas for an upcoming assignment, edit a rough draft of a paper, or review a professor's comments on completed work.  Everyone is welcome and all services are free.


    Sunday - Thursday Evenings, 7 - 11 pm/Olin 106 (1st floor)

    Sunday - Wednesday Evenings, 7 - 11 pm/41 Wyllys 111


    Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Afternoons, 1:45 - 4 pm/Downey House

    Sunday - Thursday Evenings, 7 - 11 pm/Science Library 77 (basement)

    Sunday - Thursday Evenings, 7 - 11 pm/PAC History Alcove (1st floor)

    To schedule an appointment, click on the "Writing Workshop" link in the Academic Resources section of your WesPortal or call 860-685-2440.

  • Wrting Workshop's Writing Mentor Service

    Your Writing Mentor will work with you on your particular writing concerns, whether you need help generating ideas, structuring yoru essay, improving sentence clarity and grammar, or manage your time. As mentors and mentees meet on a weekly basis, this program is designed for students who enjoy regular collaboration. If you participate, you will have a sophomore, junior, or senior assigned to meet with you throughout the semester.

    We work with all students of all writing abilities and in all disciplines.  All services are free. Please contact the Ford Fellows at writingworks@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2440.

  • Thesis Mentors at Writing Workshop

    You may apply for a standard mentor and specify in your application that you would like to focus on your thesis. If you are seeking additional assistance, we encourage you to schedule regular appointments at the Writing Worshop. Please email us with questions at writingworks@wesleyan.edu.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.