Carnegie Mellon University

Academic Development

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Welcome

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

ACADEMIC COACHING

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

EXCEL GROUPS

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

PEER TUTORING

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.

SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION (SI)

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

Resources

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.

I'm a CMU student and I need advice on...

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