Carnegie Mellon University

Student Academic Success Center

Office of the Vice Provost for Education

Fast Facts for First Year Students

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

Week 1

A Strong Start (PDF)

Class Strategies • Notetaking • Working with Faculty

Week 2

A Lot to Do (PDF)

Optimizing Your Time • Managing Coursework & Readings

Week 3

Absorbing It All (PDF)

Understanding the Material • Studying & Study Groups • Taking Tests

Week 4

More to Consider< (PDF)

Understanding Grades • Academic Integrity

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