Office of Academic Enrichment

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The Office of Academic Enrichment has resources available to help those who are struggling academically, as well as those who are successful and looking for ways to sharpen their academic skills.

Tutoring Services

  • Individual Tutors: available for scheduled one-on-one appointments, using the Blue Hen Success (BHS) platform.
    • Specific class details, subjects and tutor availability can be searched in BHS.
    • Standard peer tutoring rates are $12 for undergraduates and $15 for graduate-level support.
  • Free Drop-in Tutoring: no appointment necessary; first-come, first-served.
    • Drop-in tutoring begins September 12th
    • Drop-in tutoring is available Sunday – Friday, the schedule will be posted online.
    • Tutors are listed by subject and class (details posted on the online schedule).
  • Study Group Support: upon request, free tutors will join small private study groups of 3-6 students. The tutors can help the group review material and prepare for exams.
    • Students are expected to create and organize their own study group; one member makes a request on behalf of the group (requires 10 days’ notice).
  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS): a series of ongoing weekly study sessions for students taking targeted courses. Provides a learning opportunity for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades.
    • Study sessions are offered up to 3 times/week: students will review concepts, practice material, and prepare for exams (specific session details are on the website).
  • TutorFind Directory: Students are encouraged to visit these tutor profiles to learn more about tutors’ backgrounds/experience. Includes photo, major, subject specialties and much more.
  • Tutor Hiring: The OAE hires year-round. Position details and application on website.

Academic Support

  • Academic Coaching: individual appointments to help students assess their current strategies/approaches to their classes. A holistic approach explores academic and any non-academic challenges students may be facing. Appointments can be made in Blue Hen Success.
  • Coaching Drop-ins: Five days a week, coaches have hours set aside to work with students who have questions about finding effective strategies for their academic challenges (schedule posted on webpage).
  • Self-guided Workshops: detailed time management/study skills workshops that students can read through at their own pace. Each includes a Putting it into Practice piece for students to complete a task which the professor can then review.
  • Scheduled, live workshops (Zoom): A schedule of workshops covering a range of academic skills topics can be found on the website.

Plastino Scholars

Looking for a way to bring your academic, social justice, or personal passions to life? University of Delaware students are encouraged to apply for a David A. Plastino Scholar Award, a study grant that provides funds that make a transformational difference in the lives of selected Plastino Scholars by enabling them to pursue a passionate interest to a degree not otherwise possible during the academic year.

The Plastino Scholars Program was established in 2007 by a gift from UD alumnus David A. Plastino to help outstanding UD undergraduate students realize their dreams by supporting them in self-designed, off-campus learning experiences that create a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.

The program awards study grants to selected undergraduate students who exhibit extraordinary talent, promise, and imagination. Any undergraduate student may apply provided that, at the time of application, he or she is enrolled for at least twelve semester hours and has not completed more than five semesters. For the 2022 Plastino Scholar cycle only, graduating seniors may apply so long as their Plastino experience is completed before the end of 2022.

Applicants must submit a 250-word abstract, a project narrative of no more than 5,000 words, two letters of recommendation, and a detailed project budget by 5 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2021. Students can visit the program website to watch a PowerPoint introduction, begin their application and learn more: https://www.cas.udel.edu/plastino-scholars

Paid internship working with real Blue Hens

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will offer (3) students the opportunity for a hands-on learning experience working with live Blue Hen chickens from the UD flock while getting paid! Student interns will gain hands-on care and handling experience with live Blue Hen chickens, display our UD Blue Hens at select home football game tailgates, talk to the public about the birds and the importance of the poultry industry in the state of Delaware, and answer any questions. Additionally, interns will display the birds at Ag Day, and at 2 to 4 UD recruiting/alumni events throughout the year.

Interns will start by receiving training on the history and husbandry of the birds. Interns will then be responsible for the daily care of the birds for the fall, up until the end of the UD home football season. This includes visiting the birds once per day, 2 to 3 times per week to provide feed, clean waterers, and check the temperatures and the overall well-being of the birds. Each visit should take 20 to 30 minutes; students will be paid a minimum of an hour for each visit. Training will occur shortly after the selection of the interns in mid-September.

Interns will be trained on how to use the trailer and golf cart and/or four-wheeler to pull the display trailer to the UD home football games in the Fan Zone in front of the stadium.  Interns should be prepared to spend 1 to 2 hours per week learning about the care, management and history of the birds, while working with the birds to learn how to handle them and acclimate them to the environment for their fall appearances.  Students must commit to working a minimum of 3.5 to 4 hours at each of the UD home games.

Interested students should e-mail Dr. Brian Ladman at bladman@udel.edu.