There are a wide range of departments and services available to help students who are having difficulties in a particular course or with academic expectations in general.
If you are struggling in a particular course, your first step should be to speak with your professor or teaching assistant to discuss expectations, go over previous exams and papers, and clarify concepts and the material. Most instructors have weekly office hours that are designed to meet with students and answer questions.
Your CSA advising dean is also a terrific source of referrals and advice. He or she can help you review your study habits and create a plan.
Academic Success Programs and Counseling and Psychological Services both run skill-building seminars during the semester to address common issues such as time management, note-taking, preparing for final exams, and procrastination. ASP seminars are listed here. CPS workshops are listed here.
The Writing Center provides writing support to the entire Columbia community, from first-year undergraduates to faculty. In one-on-one consultations and workshops, writing consultants offer feedback and strategies to help you improve at every stage of your writing, from brainstorming to final drafts. To learn more about what happens in a Writing Center consultation, click here. Click here to make an appointment.
Help Rooms are sponsored by the academic departments and are staffed by graduate students. They are open at various times for students to drop by and ask questions about homework and material. There are currently Help Rooms for Math, Frontiers of Science, Statistics, and Chemistry.
There are also a variety of tutors available. Academic Success Programs offers a free group tutoring service in mostly introductory subjects. The Columbia University Tutoring and Translating Agency provides private tutoring in a range of disciplines. There are also departments that publish lists of tutors you can privately hire. The CSA has compiled this list, which gives more details on hours and contact information for the various help rooms and private tutors.