The McGraw Center is a hub of academic support on campus, offering tutoring, review sessions, workshops, and individual consultations to support undergraduates as they make critical academic transitions, undertake new academic challenges, and develop as learners and scholars. At McGraw, we translate insights from research on learning, cognition, and non-cognitive factors into practical approaches to help Princeton undergraduates become more powerful, productive, and independent learners. McGraw is a place where students can focus on their methods and processes of learning and enhance the techniques and strategies they'll need to be successful at Princeton.
McGraw offers a range of support for Princeton undergraduates as they take on new academic challenges and develop as learners. At McGraw, students learn how to:
- Develop a personalized approach to learning in their courses
- Efficiently read and learn from textbooks and scholarly texts
- Tackle demanding problem sets
- Take effective notes and create study tools
- Prepare for precepts and exams
- Overcome procrastination
- Plan large projects like the JP or senior thesis
- Conduct research
- Balance academics and extra-curriculars using good time management skills
Learning consultants from a variety of disciplines are trained to collaborate with you to develop an individualized approach to learning that draws upon your unique profile of strengths and is tailored to the specific demands of each of your courses. In a consultation, you will design a strategic approach to learning that enables you to make the most of lectures, precepts, and readings and achieve your academic goals. Become more efficient at managing large amounts of information, managing time and large tasks (e.g., JPs or theses), studying and exam prep. Meet with a consultant early in the semester (and often, if you’d like) in order to develop a plan to manage the academic demands of the entire semester.
“Meeting with you has really transformed my semester! I feel better organized and in control of my schedule more than ever before.” —James P. ‘17
We provide free Study Hall drop-in group tutoring and appointment based Individual Tutoring in introductory-level mathematics, chemistry, physics, economics, (and some other courses, so check our website). Experienced, trained undergraduate tutors are available to guide students through learning course material, thinking through problem sets, and enhancing problem-solving approaches. Study Hall also provides a good space for study groups to meet or for informal group work with classmates.
McGraw offers a series of popular hands-on, active, and practical workshops in which students learn and apply strategies designed expressly for the highly demanding Princeton University context. Workshops emphasize advanced and innovative techniques for purposeful and efficient learning. During the sessions, students apply strategies to their own course materials whenever possible.
For a calendar of workshops offered each semester, visit https://mcgraw.princeton.edu/undergraduates/academic-strategy-workshops.
We also partner with residential college staff, student groups, faculty, and Als to offer more tailored workshops that develop learning strategies for specific courses, disciplines (e.g., Anthropology) and assignments (e.g., JPs).
Principedia is an interactive, wiki “encyclopedia” which gathers, organizes and circulates knowledge about effective learning in the Princeton context. You’ll find articles about specific courses that include a detailed description of the course design and instruction, an analysis of its learning demands, and a set of strategies for effectively engaging course content and instruction. Use it to adapt to Princeton teaching and testing, and get in synch with your professors to get the most out of your courses and achieve success.
The McGraw Digital Learning Lab (DLL), located on the 100 level of Lewis Science Library, supports the teaching of courses with unconventional formats and/or co-curricular digital learning components. Students and faculty receive support and training in software applications that promote innovative course assignments. For a list of the DLL's services, visit their web pages at https://mcgraw.princeton.edu/digital-pedagogy/digital-learning-lab. Contact the DLL by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (258-6073) if you have questions or would like more information about reserving the lab.
The best way to learn about McGraw resources is to try them out.
The best way to learn about McGraw resources is to try them out. You’ll find our tutors, consultants, and graduate fellows to be welcoming, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. Please let us know if you have any questions about our programming at email@example.com or stop by our offices located in 328 Frist Campus Center. Someone is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., throughout the semester.