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Khan Academy is a free online-learning website that offers courses, presentations, videos, practice problems for self-directed learning.
Khan Academy resources cover the following subject areas: Math through Calculus III, as well as Differential Equations with Linear Algebra; Intro to Biology I & II; General and Organic Chemistry I & II; Physics I & II; Statistics; Micro- and Macroeconomics; and test prep for the GMAT and MCAT exams. Students can review an entire subject, individual topics within a subject, and/or utilize a bank of practice problems. The sequence and pace of learning is entirely user controlled.
My Physics Lab Simulations
My physics lab is a free online resource that allows students to manipulate and run simulations found in common physics problems (such as blocks on a spring, pendulums, etc.). The simulations allow students to visualize how changing variables in problems would cause the situation to play out in real-life.
Handouts on college writing and the writing process
- Guide to Becoming an Effective Writer in College
- Understanding the writing process
- Focused prewriting
Handouts on arguments and thesis statements
- Identifying a research problem and developing a problem statement
- Developing a thesis and crafting an effective thesis statement
Handouts on grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
Handouts on revising and proofreading
Handouts on style, clarity of expression, and point of view
- Tone and formality in academic writing
- Principles of clear sentences
- Achieving 'flow' in academic writing
Handouts on research and sources
- Signal phrases and effective verbs for referring to source material
- Avoiding plagiarism when using source materials
- Synthesizing sources: definitions and questions
Handouts on writing in the academic disciplines
- How to write an annotated bibliography
- How to write a literature review
- How to write critiques and reviews
- Science Writing and IMRaD
- IMRaD: Introduction Section
- IMRaD: Methods and Materials
- IMRaD: Results and Discussion
- Proofreading Science Drafts for Specificity, Precision, and Conciseness
Personal statement guide
Temple’s New Policy Related to Generative AI Tools
For Fall 2023, Temple University established a new policy related to the use of generative AI tools, like ChatGPT. What follows is a description of the new policy, along with a discussion of what it means for students.
What does the policy entail?
Temple’s policy states that each faculty member is responsible for deciding if and how students may use generative AI tools to complete assignments for the course. Students should read their syllabi carefully to learn what is permitted, keeping in mind that each professor may have different rules related to the use of generative AI tools.
Temple’s revised Student Code of Conduct defines “unauthorized” use of generative AI tools as academic misconduct. This means that if an instructor’s syllabus says that use of generative AI tools is not permitted, then using such tools is a violation of the code of conduct. Note that if the syllabus does not explicitly permit the use of generative AI tools, then use of such tools is not allowed.
Why do we have this policy?
The overarching goal of this new policy is to give students opportunities to explore how generative AI tools can be used in school contexts, while protecting their opportunities to learn.
Here’s a fuller explanation of the policy, by way of an analogy:
Imagine you’re in the water in the middle of a lake, and you need to swim to the dock. If your only goal is to get to the dock as quickly as possible, then it would make sense to use a tool—say, a pair of flippers—that would allow you get the job done as quickly and easily as possible. But you might have other reasons for swimming to the dock besides just getting there. For example, you might be practicing your breaststroke, or training to be a lifeguard, or swimming in a race. In those cases, using the flippers wouldn’t make sense (and in the case of the race, might even be unethical.)
The point is: the value of a tool depends on your purpose. There may be times when using a tool like ChatGPT is an efficient and effective way to achieve the goal of the assignment. But there will also be instances where achieving the goal of the assignment requires you to do the work yourself. For such assignments, which might be aimed at helping you develop certain academic skills, build knowledge about a topic, communicate what you believe, or show what you have learned, using an AI tool wouldn’t make sense (and might be unethical).
Temple’s policy puts faculty in charge of determining when generative AI tools can be used because faculty know the goal of each course assignment, so they are in the best equipped to determine if use of AI tools is appropriate or not.
Your feedback about Temple’s policy, or any other aspect of your experience at Temple, is welcome.
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How do I schedule a writing tutoring session? (Zoom)
How do I schedule a STEM tutoring appointment?
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Location: 403 Alter Hall
Contact: Quiana Williams | 215-204-8110
Contact: Krupa Viswanathan | 215-204-6183 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) Bridges to Baccalaureate Program
Contact: Susan Jansen Varnum | 215-204-4073 or 215-204-6390
Location: Business Communications Center, 503 Alter Hall
Contact: Dr. Jimmy P. Miller | 215-204-5959 | email@example.com
Computer & Information Sciences Peer Tutoring
Engineering (Statics, Dynamics, & Mechanics of Solids)
Location: Engineering Building, Room 349
Location: 401 Alter Hall
Contact: Gwendolyn C. Bond | 215-204-8451
FGIS (French, German, Italian, Slavic) + Middle Eastern Languages, Asian Studies, and Greek and Roman Classics
Location: Anderson Hall, Room 539
Contact: Stephanie Smith | 215-204-1261 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Application
Location: IH Lounge 215 Anderson Hall
Contact(s): Jessie Iwata | email@example.com
Notes: Drop-in tutoring is available for students taking Intellectual Heritage I and II. Undergraduate peer tutors are available to discuss the readings and work on essays. Please come prepared with your assignment, your notes, and your text. No appointment is necessary.
Marketing (by course)
Course: MSOM 3101 Operations Management
Contact: Prof. Roman Szewczuk | firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Statistics, Operations, and Data Science Dept., 1810 Liacouras Walk, Room 286
Praxis Tests (Basic Skills Assessment Exams)
Location: College of Education, Shimada Resource Center, Ritter Annex 150
Contact: 215-204-8011, email@example.com
Notes: Students who need to take BSA exams should request access to the online BSA workshop in Canvas, which includes information on PAPA and Praxis Core exams, along with prep materials and links. Request can be made by calling or emailing the contact above.
Risk Management and Insurance (RMI)
Location: Fox School of Business, 601A Alter Hall
Contact: Yvette D. Styer | 215-204-4712 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Summer N. Page | 215-204-3505 | email@example.com
TUJ (Japan campus students)
Notes: Students at Temple's Tokyo Campus are welcome to use any of the Student Success Center's services; however, be aware that there is a 13-hour time zone difference! The Learning Center provides TUJ students with in-person, Zoom, and asynchronous tutoring. Subjects include academic writing, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, math, computer & information systems, economics, and psychology. They also offer Success Coaching and mentoring. Visit their website to book an appointment.
Additions? If your department offers a tutoring service that you would like to have included on this list, or if you have questions about the list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This section contains downloadable handouts, guides, and tip sheets. You will also find links to other online resources for academic support.