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Support Services

Please contact Academic Services and Learning Resources by phone at 508-793-2713 to schedule an appointment or for information about the following academic support services, which are available free of charge to current students.

Individual Learning Assistance


  • Assessment of your individual learning style
  • Evaluation of your current reading and study strategies
  • Guidance on effective time management
  • Accommodations for learning differences and ADD/ADHD are handled through Disability Services

Academic Workshops

Academic Services and Learning Resources offers a variety of free academic skill building workshops. The complete Fall 2018 schedule, as well as a description of each workshop appears below. All workshops are free and open to all Holy Cross students.  Sign up below by clicking on the title of the workshop. 


Tues.18th 4:30-5:30pm | Hogan 320 Time Management
Thurs. 20th 4:30-5:30pm | Hogan B/C Notetaking Know How
Wed. 26th 4:30-5:30pm | Hogan 320 Goal Setting


Thurs. 4th 4:30-5:30pm | Hogan 402(3) Textbook 101
Tues. 16th 4:30-5:30pm | Hogan 320 "I Can't Remember What I Just Read!"
Thurs. 25th 4:30-5:30pm | Hogan B/C Time Management


Thurs. 1st 4:30-5:30pm | Hogan 320 Study Smarter, Not Harder!


Current programs include:

Time Management

Feeling overwhelmed? Not enough time in your day? Learn how to effectively manage the time in your day to get all you need done, AND still have free time to enjoy all Holy Cross has to offer. Time management is easy when you have the right tools and resources, so come see what your busy life is missing and make your schedule work to your advantage.

Notetaking Know How

Taking notes is an integral part of participating in class, but taking GOOD notes is an integral part of successful studying. There are many ways to take notes, and they may differ for you as a student in various classes. Come sharpen your notetaking skills, and develop your own strategies for turning your class time into valuable study material.

Goal Setting

Goals are an integral part of your success in and out of the classroom. Being able to formulate appropriate, manageable goals is an important skill that will set you up for success here at Holy Cross and beyond. Come learn how to formulate goals that work for you in this workshop.

Textbook 101

Textbooks can sometimes be more difficult to navigate than a labyrinth, especially when you don’t have a map. Come learn how to navigate your textbooks! Comprehension of assigned readings, seamless studying, and helpful resources are all at your fingertips, but only if you know how to effectively access them! Don’t let your investment gather dust until the end of the semester;  get your money’s worth and use your textbooks effectively. 

I Can't Remember What I Just Read!

Reading comprehension and retention are different. Have you ever read a textbook or an assigned reading that you simply cannot remember ANYTHING about afterwards? This workshop will teach you strategies to focus your attention and get more out of the time you spend reading every day.

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Why is it so hard to remember what you just heard in lecture or just read in your text?  It is important to get the most out of the time you put into studying. Discover how applying “The Study Cycle” and other learning strategies can make your study time more effective. Working hard and working smart are different; come learn how to work smart and make the most out of your study time!

Assistance with Research Papers

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) 

Enrolled in chemistry? PAL is a series of free, collaborative twice-weekly review sessions open to all students enrolled in CHEM 181: Atoms & Molecules and CHEM 221: Organic Chemistry 1. The sessions are led by peer assistance leaders, strong chemistry students who have previously taken and succeeded in the course.

The Writer's Workshop

Hosted by the Center for Writing, the Writer's Workshop is a valuable resource for help with writing in any academic course.