Course Specific Strategies

Good study habits translate to all subjects. However, there are strategies that can help you to fine tune the way you study for specific courses.  At times, you might also find yourself struggling in a class regardless of how much time you are studying. 

If you are struggling in a class, your first step should always be talking with the Professor and GSI.  If you need more help after doing so, explore this section to discover some new strategies to help you excel at the University of Michigan.

Course Specific Study StrategiesTips from Professors on how to study and succeed in their class.

These success tips were all provided by Professors teaching these classes.  Even if you are not taking these specific classes, you might find the tips useful for your other courses.  For example, tips for studying organic chemistry and biology might help you with your other science classes. 


Learning Resource CentersCenters on campus that offer free study groups and tutoring.

Sweetland Center for Writing 
The Sweetland Center for Writing offers free one-to-one writing support for all students, any major, at any stage of writing.

Science Learning Center
The Science Learning Center (SLC) offers a variety of resources for students in the natural sciences of astronomy, biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics.

  • SLC Study Groups provide the opportunity to work with fellow students under the guidance of a trained study group leader.  Study groups are a great way to follow the class and get study and exam preparation tips.
  • SLC Learning Center Help Room provides peer tutoring for students enrolled in five introductory science courses:  Biology 171 and 172, and Chemistry 130, 210, and 215. All students enrolled in these courses can utilize the SLC's Tutor Help Room.
  • The SLC houses computer labs, meeting alcoves, study space and a loan desk for reserve and study materials.

Math Lab
The University of Michigan Mathematics Laboratory (Math Lab) is a walk-in tutoring service available free to all U-M students in B860 East Hall. Tutoring is available for mathematics courses numbered through MATH 217. Though help is not regularly available for other courses, we will attempt to answer the questions of any UM student who comes to us for mathematics help. Consult the Math Lab website for specific hours of operation.

Language Resource Center
The Language Resource Center, in North Quad, provides students with a variety of materials and facilities designed to help them improve their command of foreign languages. Among the LRC's services for students are foreign language word-processing and other productivity software, computer-based applications for practicing grammar, vocabulary, comprehension and other skills, satellite-based television in many languages, foreign-language reference materials, publications, audio tapes, videos, and DVDs. There is also study space available so that students can work collaboratively on course projects or meet with instructors in the evenings. Courses offered by the department require regular use of Language Resource Center facilities.

Physics Help Room
The Physics Help Room (1416 Randall Lab) was created to help students in Introductory Physics courses (PHYSICS 135/136; 235/236; 140/141; 240/241). The Help Room is staffed (usually M-W 10am-9pm and Th/F 10am-5pm during the fall and winter) with graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty on a full time basis. Help Room staff are able to answer most questions. Services in the Physics Help Room are free to all UM students.

English Language Institute
The English Language Institute offers instruction in the English language to non-native speakers enrolled in the University. The main purpose of this instruction is to help non-native speakers to become effective and fully participating members of the academic community. For this reason, the majority of the ELI courses are primarily concerned with English for Academic Purposes. The ELI operates a Writing Clinic and a Speaking Clinic as one-on-one facilities for those who have taken or are taking ELI courses in the relevant areas or are deemed not to need regular classroom instruction.

TutoringTutoring offered through departments, usually for a fee.

The following departments maintain lists of tutors available to help students.  Most of these tutors work on a fee basis.  In some cases, department student groups provide free tutoring.  To find the specifics for each department, visit the department or check on its website.

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Math
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures