Oberlin Workshop & Learning Sessions (OWLS)

The Oberlin Workshop and Learning Sessions (OWLS) program is based on the Supplemental Instruction (SI) model for coursework support. Sessions are specific for a class, and are facilitated by a student (an OWLS Leader) who has taken the class and attends the class again along with the current students. The OWLS sessions integrate both “what to learn” and “how to learn”, that is, the content of the course as well as learning skills, in a fun, active and collaborative fashion that has been proved to work effectively for students to master coursework content. OWLS is not a replacement for one-on-one tutoring, but does offer a fun and free method that positively impacts student learning. OWLS is for everyone. Even those doing well in the course benefit by sharing what they've learned in their own words to their peers. And you'll find that the types of skills you acquire through OWLS will benefit you in other courses.

OWLS Fact Sheet for Students

What are OWLS sessions? Why should I attend? What can I expect? How should I prepare? This info sheet addresses some of students' frequently asked questions about OWLS.

The graph below summarizes data from one representative class for students who attended 0, 1, 2 or 3 workshops prior to the 1st exam.

Exam grade vs Average Number of OWLS workshops attended

Courses supported by OWLS in Spring 2017 - Times and Locations TBD


Professor/s OWLS Leaders Session Days/Times Location
BIOL 100 Mary Teleha Tara Santora Sunday & Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 PM A154
Bryton Smith
BIOL 100-07 Keith Tarvin Marie Lilly Tuesday & Thursday, 7:00-8:30 PM A254
Tadhg Young
BIOL 103 Roger Laushman Sophie Lilien Sunday & Thursday, 7:00-8:30 PM AJLC 201
Charles Markowitz
BIOL 200 Mary Garvin Juan Contreras Sunday, 8:00-9:30 PM & A155
Yemko Pryor Thursday, 7:00-8:30 PM
CHEM 102 Manish Mehta Kallie Jiang Sunday & Tuesday, 8:00-9:30 PM King 327
Nicolas Vigilante
CHEM 102-01 Lisa Ryno Emma Eisenbraun Tuesday & Thursday, 8:00-9:30 PM A255
Kirsten Mojziszek
CHEM 102-02 Rebecca Whelan Yasmine Ramachandra Sunday & Wednesday, 8:30-10:00 PM King 321
Dorothy DeBiasse
CHEM 205 Michael Nee Anthony Allen Sunday & Tuesday, 8:00-9:30 PM King 323
Ellie Tiley
MATH 132 Kevin Gerstle Charles Cui Monday & Wednesday, 8:00-9:30 PM King 327
Martin Mancini
NSCI 201 Tracie Paine & Sohail Kamdar Sunday & Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 PM A255
Pat Simen Charles Ryan
PHYS 111 Jason Stalnaker Stella Ocker Sunday, 8:00-9:30 PM & W107
Rose Rosenthal Monday, 7:30-9:00 PM