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Academic Achievement Courses

Our Academic Achievement courses are great for freshmen, sophomore, and transfer students who are interested in improving their academic performance. Students are presented with interesting course material and learn strategies to improve their note-taking, essay writing, reading, time management and study skills. As a part of the course, students will meet with a tutor-mentor (another UW student who volunteers to support the GENST students) three hours per week to work on class assignments and learn about University resources. 

To request an add code, email your ID number and requested section to Adiam Tesfay at adiamt@uw.edu. These courses are not designed for first-quarter new admits to the University.

General Studies 101 D & E: The United States of Rap

  • SLN 14998  (Section F) or 14999 (Section G)
  • 3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
  • Section F meets on Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:20pm, Section G meets on Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:20pm
  • Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week 

This course will be an interesting investigation of rap music, artists, identity, and authenticity. From Brooklyn to Compton and everywhere in-between, rap has and continues to have a lasting imprint on the United States. The course will begin with a historical background; from there we will progress onwards uncovering the relationship geography, race & ethnicity, and sexuality & gender have with rap music. How has rap been used to bring people together? Tear them apart? Comment on race relations in America? Spark movements? We will be analyzing lyrics and making connections to culture throughout the course using a combination of scholarly articles and first-person narratives.This course will focus on completing weekly writing assignments, setting agendas for weekly mentorship meetings, and introducing you to academic or personal resources that are available across campus.

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General Studies 101 C: Smart-Phone, Small-Planet?: Identity and Community in the Digital Age

  • SLN 14997
  • 3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
  • meets on Wednesdays 3:30 pm– 5:20 pm
  • Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week 

With the rise of social media and smart phone use, technology is a big part of everyone’s lives, and it impacts how we relate to each other. In this course, we will explore the way that technology has impacted the communities we form as well as our economy and political movements. This course will focus on completing weekly writing assignments, setting agendas for weekly mentorship meetings, and introducing you to academic or personal resources that are available across campus.

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General Studies 101 B: STEM and Identity

  • SLN 14994
  • 3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
  • meets on Thursdays 3:30 pm– 5:20 pm
  • Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week 

This course will look at the field of STEM and discover the complexity of learning science. We will learn interventions for learning science well. We will also discuss our own identities and how studying STEM can impact our identity development.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment for this course?

You will be required to attend class (2 hours) and meet with your tutor-mentor (2, 90 minute sessions) each week.

When do I meet with my tutor-mentor?

You will arrange a time to meet with your tutor-mentor based on your schedule. Sessions can happen any day of the week.

What are the course learning outcomes?

What materials will I need for the course?