Revision Period Rendezvous
As you may know, Dartmouth follows the quarter system, which means we have four 10-week terms instead of two semesters. We take three courses per term, for three terms each year -- although it may seem that three courses isn't very many, believe me when I say that your calendar look pretty colorful - especially when you add in extracurriculars!
In fact, as I was reflecting on this past week of revision, I realized that I am in an extra colorful calendar phase. Many of these meetings were ones I scheduled in preparation for finals. These meetings included study groups, RWIT and tutoring sessions, which made me think of the numerous resources we have on campus.
As rough as academics can get, there are always resources tailored for your specific needs. It never reflects poorly on you if you ask for help. Having said that, here are some resources that you could find find pretty useful.
- No. 1
RWIT (Student Center for Research, Writing, Information and Technology)
Even if you're a brilliant writer like Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss, one of our favorite alums), having another pair of eyes look at your paper is indispensable. For my Writing 5 class, I arranged a meeting with a RWIT tutor to go over a draft. He was able to pinpoint mistakes that I frequently made but never noticed. By critiquing my essay, he shed light on some logical junctures in my writing. Not just any Dartmouth student can become an RWIT tutor, only exceptionally skilled writers do.
- No. 2
This is probably a given, but I cannot stress how beneficial office hours are. Not only do you have the chance to clarify areas of confusion, but you can also forge a relationship with your professor. The faculty-student relationship at Dartmouth is quite close -- for instance, every term you have a ‘take your professor to dinner" card where you (and some classmates, if you want to diffuse potential awkwardness) can have dinner at The Pine, a fancy restaurant downtown.
- No. 3
I greatly appreciate how helpful everybody here is. Although it is a competitive academic environment, students are always open to helping one another. I especially noticed that through the Econ 01 study group that I formed with some of my classmates. Because our group is from all parts of the world, we were able to pitch in with our perspectives and enrich our study sessions even more.
- No. 4
The Academic Skills Center
The Academic Skills Center is a comprehensive resource that provides tutoring for any course you may need help in. If you are struggling with a foreign language, they will match you with a native speaker to be your conversation partner (I am currently tutoring for Arabic!). If it is specific course you need help in, you will also be matched with a specialized tutor. Tutoritng is like the gift that keeps on giving. If you get a good grade in said course, you can become a tutor and help your peers, too
As revision period dawns upon us, simply arranging a meeting with friends or a faculty member can do wonders.
My high school did not have resources as developed as the ones offered here. Seeing the amount of support I can get at Dartmouth definitely played a big role in my decision to apply to the college. If you are a prospective student, make sure you check out RWIT and the Academic Skills Center if you go on a tour of Baker-Berry. These resources are here for your use, so use them while you can, and go ace those finals!