The new home of Academic Development
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 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 goals and needs and then matches them with an Academic Coach.
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.
Registration will begin January 21
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.
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.
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.
Find advice on practical, time-tested strategies that can help you in college and afterwards.