The Office of Academic Advising (OAA) strives to help students achieve their potential as whole persons. Toward this end, professional advisers provide caring and timely individual guidance, connect students with resources, help students form relationships within the Wake Forest community, promote personal responsibility, and encourage an intentional personal journey. OAA assists students in choosing courses and making decisions both inside and outside of the classroom that reflect thoughtfulness, exploration, open-mindedness, creativity, appropriate risk-taking, and willingness to learn from challenges. The OAA also monitors student progress, aiming to intervene as early and proactively as possible when problems begin to arise.
OAA offers students the opportunity to meet with an Academic Counselor one-on-one while respecting privacy and confidentiality. Students are welcome to stop by Reynolda Hall 125 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to see a counselor, or make an appointment in advance by calling 336.758.3320.
The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) provides academic counseling and peer tutoring. Academic counseling focuses on familiarizing the student with study, time management and organizational strategies that enable successful learning at the college level. A peer tutoring program offers students individual or group tutoring in many courses including the foreign languages. Peer tutors are available primarily for divisional classes. More information can be found in Reynolda Hall 117.
The Math Center offers one-on-one peer math tutoring for Wake Forest students. Students may sign-up for a free appointment online. Students may make one appointment per day, and no more than two per week. Students may request standing appointments as well, which will reserve your appointment for the same day, same time and same tutor for the entire semester. Students who do not have an appointment are welcome to drop in Manchester Hall Suite 364 Monday through Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Writing Center offers students a relaxed and welcoming place to discuss writing and the writing process with trained peer tutors. The Writing Center is staffed by undergraduate and graduate students who act as an audience for students’ writing; tutors work by asking questions to help students discover what they want to say and determining if they have said it effectively. Because everyone writes differently, tutors tailor their assistance to meet each student’s needs.
Tutors can provide consultation during every stage of the writing process, including:
- Generating ideas and settling on a topic
- Organizing ideas in a paper
- Developing support for arguments
- Composing more effectively
- Learning to revise drafts
- Learning to identify and correct errors in grammar and punctuation
Students may make appointments online, by phone, or by visiting the Writing Center in Z. Smith Reynolds Library Room 426. The center is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Z. Smith Reynolds Library, fondly referred to as ZSR, is the main library on campus and provides a host of services available to help students succeed. Through the ZSR website, you can access thousands of journals and DVDs, hundreds of research databases, as well as group study rooms that can be reserved. The Reference Desk on the fourth floor of the Wilson Wing is your place to go to learn how to use the library and its resources, as well as to meet with research subject specialists, or request a personal research session. The ZSR offers a 1.5 credit elective course that teaches you how to find, evaluate and use information. In addition, it maintains a host of online research tools, including citation guides and subject guides, explained in detail online.
The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is the winner of the 2011 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.
Be on the lookout for some signature events sponsored by and hosted in the ZSR that have become tradition at Wake Forest including Capture the Flag, Humans vs. Zombies and Wake the Library!
The ZSR is open 24 hours Sunday through Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, the library closes at 7:00 p.m. but the two-story, 24-hour room right near the front entrance of the ZSR across from Starbucks, is always open with your Deacon OneCard.