There is 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 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, create a plan, and refer you to the most appropriate resources. Click here to make an appointment with your Advising Dean.
Academic Success Programs (ASP) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) both run skill-building seminars during the semester to address common issues such as time management, note-taking, preparing for final exams, and procrastination.
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. 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 (through CourseWorks), Statistics, and Chemistry.
There is also a variety of tutors available. The CC/SEAS Tutoring Service offers a free group tutoring service in mostly introductory subjects. If you are interested in receiving tutoring for any of the courses offered by this program, please make an appointment with your Advising Dean, who can request a tutor on your behalf. The Columbia University Tutoring and Translating Agency also provides private tutoring in a range of disciplines. There are also departments that publish lists of tutors you can privately hire.