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What’s the most prevalent challenge that students face as they acclimate to the academic environment at Princeton?
July 3, 2020

There are a number of factors that go into this and there are important differences among students. But, having said that, perhaps the most prevalent challenge, academically—and academics are for many the biggest challenge at Princeton—is adapting to the fact that what worked academically so well in the past as to get you to Princeton, once you…

Getting into an “academic rhythm” when you are off campus/in isolation
April 9, 2020

Q: I can’t seem to get into an “academic rhythm” in the same way at home as I did when I was on campus—what are some things I can do?

A: When you find yourself stuck and trying to create new solutions, one good way to start the strategizing process is to think about what has worked for you in the past. You may not be able to implement…

How do I deal with spending so much time by myself, working alone and isolated?
April 2, 2020

Strive to make your academic work as collaborative as possible. Create study groups, contact friends to serve as accountability partners, be proactive in your classes to reach out to students you don’t already know. And, of course, devote non-academic time to meeting your social needs and just having fun “with” others.

I’m having a hard time motivating myself to “attend” online lectures and, especially, watch recorded ones. What can I do?
March 29, 2020

Whether you are on or off campus there is now a lot less structure to your day, fewer environmental and social cues that you are a student in college, and there may well be greater distractions of a less-than-ideal workspace, so your difficulty is understandable—and that’s not even considering the economic, health, and personal worries you might be having about COVID-19.

Structuring Your Unstructured Time
March 24, 2020

Without extracurriculars and other non-academic activities, some of you may feel like you have more ‘free time’ yet find it more difficult to get started, create a doable schedule, and stay on task. Use McGraw resources

Creating A Productive Workspace
March 24, 2020

Many of us find it difficult to work at home and are missing our favorite workspace(s) on campus right now. Establishing a workspace that is physically, socially, and mentally conducive to productively engaging in your academic work will be crucial in the coming weeks. Use the

Two new resources for students
March 24, 2020

We’ve created a webpage to provide updates on McGraw services resulting from the move to virtual instruction and a 

We Will Meet This Challenge Together
March 24, 2020

These are extraordinary times, times that will challenge us to work together, to seek support, to offer support. The McGraw Center is here to help those of you off campus and those on campus, and first years through seniors, to adapt to the new and unfamiliar ways you are being taught and the expectations and demands that go with the changes…