About Us

Even the best-prepared students struggle with the new, high-intensity demands of academic life at Yale. Few students have experienced challenges like 500+ pages of dense reading per week, learning alongside 300 other students in a lecture class, or speaking up in a seminar led by one of the foremost scholars in the field. All Yale students—even who seem to be most successful academically—have stories to tell about moments when they struggled.

Those students made it through by adapting new ways of thinking about and approaching their academic work. They also seek help and advice from a wide variety of sources—from their residential college deans, faculty, teaching fellows, tutors, and peers. Now the Academic Strategies Program seeks to share these methods with Yale students through 1-1 peer mentoring and workshops.

Peer Academic Mentoring

Talk through your academic work and get advice from an empathetic and helpful peer. Our Academic Mentors—juniors, seniors, and grad students—understand the pressures and confusions of academic undergraduate life. They are trained to listen to your concerns, find strengths to build on, and adapt common academic strategies to your particular learning style and goals. Spring 2018 appointments begin Wednesday, January 24. Click here to schedule an appointment or email us at academicstrategies@yale.edu.

Workshops

Our interactive workshops offer practical advice and strategies for common academic challenges, including:

  • Time management
  • Working with faculty
  • Note-taking and class engagement in seminars and lectures
  • Managing a heavy reading load
  • Tackling problems sets
  • Exam study strategies

The workshops are led by trained undergraduate and graduate peer mentors. We offer workshops at the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning and with partners across campus, including residential colleges, cultural houses, and student groups. Workshops are open to all Yale College Students and no registration is necessary. For a current list of workshops, click here.

To schedule a workshop for students or inquire about mentoring, please contact Karin Gosselink, CTL Academic Strategies Program Director, at karin.gosselink@yale.edu or 203-241-4107.

Location

The Academic Strategies Program is located on the mezzanine at the Center for Teaching and Learning in SML. Enter through the York Street entrance (301 York).