OAR: Frequently Asked Questions
What does the OAR do?
The Office of Academic Resources (OAR) works with students in a variety of settings to propel them towards excellence in their academic pursuits through targeted goal-setting, skills identification and development, individualized coaching, and collaboration with other resources on campus. Topics of interest may include college reading/note taking, time management, learning styles, classroom management, and study strategies. Students can work with the OAR through small group sessions, targeted workshops, and individual meetings to develop a personalized approach. Serving as a collaborative resource center, the OAR partners with the Writing Center, Office of Disabilities Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, the Dean of Academic Affairs (who all have satellite outposts housed within the OAR Suite: Stokes 118) and several others, to best serve the scholarly and intellectual interests of all students throughout their career at Haverford.
How do I schedule a meeting with an OAR staff member (Kelly or Lionel)?
You may contact Kelly Wilcox or Lionel Anderson directly via e-mail. You may also schedule through OAR's Program Specialist, Carly King (610.795.6131). Also feel free to stop by the space in person (Stokes 118) to schedule a meeting.
How long are these meetings?
To serve the needs of as many students as possible, one-on-one meetings are typically 30 minutes. However, longer sessions can certainly be accommodated as schedules allow.
How do I make an appointment to speak with Philip Bean, Dean of Academic Affairs, about fellowships?
You may contact his assistant, Roxanne Clark. Her office is located in Stokes 111 and her number is 610.896.1420.
What academic skills/challenges can I discuss during my meeting?
Popular topics with students include time management approaches, reading comprehension strategies, focus and study techniques, approaches for navigating the college classroom, and goal setting/values identification. However, meetings and conversations aren't limited to these topics. Students are encouraged to honestly define and explore their own values, definitions of success, short and long term goals, strengths, and areas for development and motivation levels as they relate to their academic experience at Haverford.
What types of spaces are available in the OAR and how do I reserve space for my organization's events or meetings?
The OAR houses two seminar rooms (average capacity 18-22) and two small group study rooms (average capacity 6-8). These spaces are available for peer tutoring meetings, small or large group review sessions, and for student group meetings on a first come, first served basis. Please submit all space reservation requests, via e-mail, to the OAR Program Specialist, Carly King. Please be sure to indicate: (1) Name of your organization (2) Date, start time and length of event (3) Contact person for event, along with e-mail and mobile number (4) Expected number of attendees.
How do I suggest topics or programs for the OAR?
New ideas for workshops, programs, speakers, resources, study breaks, and print materials are always welcomed. Just drop a note in the OAR suggestion box located in the reception area.
You may also submit an idea or suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact a staff member directly.
Do you provide customized workshops or programs for certain student groups?
We do. If you have an idea for a customized workshop or program for a certain cohort of students, please share it with the OAR. For example, senior thesis writers, UCA groups, athletics teams or specific student activity groups can propose a topic of interest relevant to their group. Contact Kelly Wilcox or Lionel Anderson to discuss logistics and content.
Do I need to have an appointment to use the space at the OAR?
No, you don't. Areas of the OAR are open as quiet study spaces during the day. We simply ask that you respect scheduled events taking place in the large and small meeting rooms by checking the posted schedule before occupying a space.
What other resources besides one on one meetings and workshops are available at the OAR?
Print and online resources and reference guides are also available at the OAR. Resources related to prizes and fellowships, citation and grammar guides, scheduling tools, and study strategies are available for students. The OAR is also eager to collaborate with student groups and other offices on campus and can offer meeting space and other resources for collaborative projects. Students can also sign up for peer tutoring at the OAR. Peer tutoring is available free of charge for all students who feel they could benefit from one-on-one sessions.