Academic Skills Assistance

DSS students (undergraduate and graduate, law and medical) who have registered with us and have been approved for other disability accommodations are able to meet with our Academic Skills specialists year-round on a recurring, weekly basis to discuss work in any class offered at the university.

Consistent contact will allow you to build extended, long-lasting professional relationships with the Academic Skills team and will help you grow as a learner and writer throughout your time at GW.

One-on-One Support

We provide one-on-one support in:

  • coursework management—study skills, reading strategies, note-taking tips
  • organization and time management support
  • writing support across the writing process—brainstorming, drafting, revision
  • research—navigating the Gelman Library website and working with Gelman instructional librarians

Appointment Scheduling

Call us or visit our office to request an initial appointment with one of our Academic Skills Specialists.

Appointment Preparation

We ask that you bring to your initial appointment the syllabus and text materials for each class that you would like to discuss. 

In addition, please bring current writing prompts (as appropriate) and a writing sample.

Academic Skills Specialists

  • Joseph P. FisherJoseph P. Fisher staff headshot

    Joseph P. Fisher

    Joe oversees the Strategic Skills Team and assists students with writing assignments, including various prewriting, drafting, research, and revision tasks. He also helps students develop effective time management and study strategies.
  • Leila KramerLeila Kramer Headshot

    Leila Kramer

    Leila Kramer comes to GW with 20 years of experience in the field of Learning Disabilities. She holds an MSW in Clinical Social Work and an MA in Special Education from The American University. She is also a certified life coach.