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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 spring 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 online »


Wed, Feb 7 Reboot & Renew Hogan 320
Mon, Feb 12 Notetaking Know How Hogan 408(9)
Wed, Feb 21 Study Smarter; Not Harder Hogan Suite A


Thurs, Mar 22 I Can't Remember What I Just Read Hogan 402(3)


Tues, Apr 24 Finals Coutdown: Planning & Preparation Hogan 304(5)

Current programs include:

Reboot & Renew: Strategies for a Successful Spring

Ready to jump into the spring semester with a strong start? With a whole new set of courses, NOW is the time to determine what you would like to achieve academically this semester! In this session, evaluate how to proactively anticipate and approach any obstacles ahead. Learn strategies including how to productively manage your time, make your study time more effective and hold yourself accountable to your goals.

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.

Study Smarter, Not Harder: Midterm Madness Edition

It’s always important to maximize the time and effort you put into your studying- even more so during this busy and stressful midterm period.  Discover learning strategies that will help you balance multiple deadlines and make your study time more effective. Working hard and working smart are different; come learn how to work smart to make the most out of your study time!

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. 

Finals Countdown: Planning and Preparation Help for Finals

Finals are coming! Begin to scaffold a plan for finals preparation that will set you up for less stress and more success. You have done all of the work, and now it’s time to get organized, get motivated, and get ahead of your studying for finals.


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.