Many students use support services based on advice from faculty & staff. Your support of the services provided by the academic success centers on campus is vital to connecting students with the support programs that can help them develop & refine the skills needed to be successful.
Academic Success Centers
Academic success centers include a variety of resources and services to help you maximize your learning and succeed as a student at the University of Minnesota. Services include writing help, tutoring, coaching & classes for academic skill development, research help, support for media-related projects, peer-led group study sessions, and self-help academic resources. With the exception of for-credit classes, academic success center services are provided at no additional cost to U of M students. Visit success.umn.edu to find more information.
Free drop-in and by-appointment tutoring is available through the SMART Learning Commons Peer Tutor program. While tutors will not help directly with coursework to be graded, they will use similar work or practice problems to help students develop the skills and concept-mastery necessary to approach their graded work confidently. Peer Tutors are faculty-recommended, exemplary undergraduates who are passionate about helping others and trained in educational theories and effective learning strategies. Detailed information about specializations, schedules, and locations is available online at smart.umn.edu.
Peer Tutoring for Library Research
Free help is available for your research paper assignments. Peer Research Consultants are UMN students hired and trained by the Libraries to provide one-on-one help with finding sources, narrowing down a topic, developing a research question, and any other research-related need. Peer Research Consultants support undergraduate students of all levels and any major. Make an appointment or stop by during scheduled drop-in hours: z.umn.edu/prc.
Student Writing Support (SWS) helps student writers develop confidence and effective writing strategies through collaborative one-to-one writing consultations. Consultants work with writers at any stage of the writer’s process, such as brainstorming and organizing ideas, developing a thesis statement or line of argument, creating cohesive paragraphs, revising sentences, and documenting sources. A consultation is often focused on a specific assignment or writing task, with the goal of supporting writers as they develop more effective and productive writing strategies to apply to future writing projects.
Consulting is available by appointment online and in Nicholson Hall, and on a walk-in basis in Appleby Hall. For more information, go to writing.umn.edu/sws or call 612.625.1893.
In addition, SWS offers a number of web-based resources on topics such as avoiding plagiarism, documenting sources, and planning and completing a writing project.