Carnegie Mellon University

Academic Development

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Summer Support Services


Academic Coaching helps you improve your productivity and study skills strategies. You can request a weekly standing appointment with an Academic Coach to cover issues such as time management, lecture note-taking, exam preparation, textbook reading, and procrastination issues.
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Peer tutoring is a program designed to assist students with their coursework. Weekly appointments give students the opportunity to interact regularly with the same tutor to facilitate deeper understanding of concepts. Come into the Academic Development office located in Cyert Hall, Suite B5, to fill out a Tutoring Request Form. We'll do our best to find you a tutor as quickly as possible.

Academic Success in College: Start Your Student Off on the Right Foot

June 27
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Let your graduating high school student benefit from the expertise of Carnegie Mellon’s Academic Development Office. We specialize in helping students adapt to the rigor of the college classroom and would like to help prepare your student as they begin their college career.  Academic Development is offering a FREE academic success workshop … let’s get your students ready for college together! Workshop topics include:  Time Management, Goal Setting, Stress and Procrastination, Note-taking Skills and Exam Preparation. We will explore the importance of treating time, energy and attention as resources that contribute to productivity. Lunch is even included in the free price! Seating is limited so register today!


Academic Development is the place to go for help with your academic work. Our programs are available to all Carnegie Mellon University students and are designed to help both students who are having academic difficulties and those who just want to improve their academic performance. We offer peer tutoring, academic coaching in study skills, supplemental instruction and EXCEL collaborative learning groups for traditionally difficult courses. Each component of Academic Development utilizes group and individualized instruction to accommodate the diverse learning styles and skill levels of the student population.

Our Programs


Our individualized academic coaching program offers both undergrad and graduate students assistance with developing more efficient and effective study strategies. To personalize the sessions, the program coordinator initially meets with students to identify their specific needs and then matches them with an Academic Coach.

Schedule your initial consultation


We offer EXCEL collaborative learning groups for various courses. EXCEL groups meet once weekly and are formed on an as-needed-basis, according to each students' availability, with multiple groups per course. Sessions are led by a trained leader who facilitates collaborative learning.

Register for an EXCEL Group


Walk-in Tutoring
Walk-in Tutoring is provided in select residence halls and libraries Sunday through Thursdays evenings during the fall and spring semesters. The Walk-in schedule is not an exhaustive list of the subjects we support. Students can request a Weekly Tutoring Appointment for almost any course. Come see us and we will do our best to find you a tutor.
Weekly Tutoring Appointments
May be available for any course. Simply stop by our office and fill out a tutoring request form. We'll do our best to find you a tutor. Once the appointment is scheduled by the program coordinator, students meet with a tutor once each week throughout the entire semester.


The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program offers interactive review sessions for traditionally difficult courses. Attendance is voluntary and is open to every student that is enrolled in an SI supported course. Sessions are usually offered twice a week. Extra review sessions are added before each exam. SI is designed to supplement — not replace — lectures and recitations.

SI schedules are posted during the second week of each semester.

View the SI schedule


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. Each pamphlet is available to view or download as a PDF.

First Year Fast Facts

These pamphlets provide practical advice from CMU students and faculty about many of the new challenges that First Year students face during the first few weeks of college.

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Find advice on practical, time-tested strategies that can help you in college and afterwards.