St. John’s College offers regular academic assistance to all students. Twenty-two paid student assistants each work 10 hours per week to help students prepare for each class and their assignments, with a particular emphasis on math, language, and writing. Most meetings with academic assistants are one-on-one and last at least 30 minutes. (The academic and writing assistants also detail their work with students in a daily log that is reviewed by the assistant dean’s office.) In the laboratory program, lab assistants help the director of laboratories prepare for, set up, and run experiments performed in all lab tutorials.
The assistant dean and presidential fellow for academic support are able to help students organize their working schedules, prepare time management plans, and set and follow up on academic goals. Additionally, the writing archon and writing coordinator (a tutor and a staff member) offer additional one-on-one support for essays, and an ESL specialist is available 16 hours per week to help students learn the cultural and structural features of written and spoken English.
Lastly, new assistance initiatives (including a student- and staff-organized math lab) are being piloted this year. Nearly half of the freshman Class of 2023 are meeting regularly with advisers—tutors who will help these students learn and meet the unique expectations at St. John’s College.
The Office of the Assistant Dean oversees the college’s academic support initiatives, including those of the Presidential Fellow for Academic Support. The office can be contacted through outreach to Assistant Dean Michael Golluber via email, phone or in-person visit at:
Weigle Hall, Main Floor