Academic Development-Academic Advisory Center (AAC) - Carnegie Mellon University

Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring is a program designed to assist students with their coursework and it is available in two formats, Walk-in and Standing Appointments.

Walk-In Tutoring: During the fall and spring semesters, academic development offers a subject-specific walk-in tutoring geared primarily towards large introductory courses. No appointment is necessary.

StandingTutoring: If you have tried walk-in tutoring and SI, and still require more assistance, or if you need help in a course not supported by the other services, you can request a standing tutoring appointment. Read their Attendance Policy to find out how standing appointments work. Then come in to the Academic Development office in Cyert Hall, Suite B5 to fill out a Tutoring Request Form. They will do their best to find you a tutor as quickly as possible. Please note that standing tutoring appointments may involve small group tutoring — individual tutoring appointments (one tutor per student) are not guaranteed.

Fast Facts

Fast Facts are a series of study skills pamphlets on a variety of issues related to academic success. They cover such general areas as plagiarism, study strategies and stress management. Please visit the website for more details.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic enrichment program that is offered in traditionally difficult courses. SI discussion and review sessions are facilitated by trained student SI Leaders who have already completed the course and received an A in it. Designed to supplement – not replace – class lectures and recitations, SI sessions are interactive and collaborative.Students who attend sessions learn to integrate how to learn with what to learn. SI sessions are usually held twice weekly for one hour; additional sessions are held prior to exams. Attendance at sessions is voluntary.

Please visit the following website to see an updated SI Session Schedule


EXCEL groups meet once weekly throughout the semester. They are comprised of a maximum of six students per group and a trained EXCEL group leader who facilitates collaborative learning. EXCEL groups are formed on an as-needed-basis for the course which they support. There are often multiple groups for any given course. Come in to the Academic Development office in Cyert Hall, Suite B5 and fill out a request form to join an EXCEL group.

Please visit the following website to see an updated list of the EXCEL groups

Academic Counseling

Academic Counseling is an assistance program that helps students acquire more effective and efficient study skills. Student Academic Counselors (ACs) conduct group workshops and individual sessions that focus on skills such as:

  • Textbook reading
  • Taking lecture notes
  • Time management
  • Exam preparation
  • and other skills

The Academic Counseling program is designed to help both:

  • students who are having academic difficulty
  • students who just want to improve their study skills

Study Skills workshops provide help throughout the semester and focus on selected study strategies such as:

  • Time Management
  • Exam Prep
  • Procrastination
  • Stress Management
Please visit the following website for an updated workshop schedule.