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McGraw During Virtual Instruction: Spring 2021

At the McGraw Center our goal is to help you take full advantage of the academic opportunities available at Princeton while also maintaining balance and achieving your goals. We offer completely cost-free services and programs that will equip you to master the inevitable challenges, attain your personal goals, and achieve success so that you truly THRIVE here.

The McGraw Center regularly receives as many as 10,000 visits each year from Princeton undergrads and well over half of the class of 2023 worked with tutors and learning consultants and attended workshops. Nearly 20% of first-year students get academic coaching (learning consultations) at McGraw and the average effectiveness rating last year was over 94%. Additionally, literally 99% of students said they would recommend the workshops they attended. To see what your fellow Princeton students said this about their experiences with McGraw services, see the quotes below.

To learn more about when and why you might want to use our services, check out our guide for students, made in an engaging comic format. Under these extraordinary circumstances, it’s even more important than ever that you engage the resources available, so McGraw has expanded our offerings for you to meet the demands of virtual learning. In fact, you can sign up for individual tutoring, workshops and learning consultations right now! (If you have difficulties, email mcgugrad@princeton.edu and we’ll help you out.)

WHERE DO I START & WHAT’S NEW @ MCGRAW?

Learn about what McGraw is offering this Spring by reviewing this page, clicking on links and exploring our website. We have ALL the services we’ve offered in past years, though of course they are online: learning consultations, tutoring, workshops as well as Principedia and online resources (see the links below). New services include:

WHY USE MCGRAW?

In Princeton’s distinctive academic environment, with rigorous expectations around reading, learning in class, p-sets, assignments and papers, you’ll experience unfamiliar demands requiring new strategies and methods. As a result, you might find yourself asking, "How do I...?"

How do I structure my time and stay engaged when learning online and studying on my own?

How do I manage my time and academic tasks effectively?

How do I handle these heavy reading loads?

How do I keep up with the fast pace of my lectures and classes?

How do I tackle problem sets and other assignments efficiently?

How am I expected to participate in precepts?

How do I make the most of Princeton resources, including tutoring, etc.?

How do I adapt my academic approach when it doesn’t seem to be working?

What can I expect from my exams and how do I prepare for them?

How do I plan for Dean’s Date and Finals Period?

How do I learn from p-sets what I need for exams?

All of us are experiencing new courses, independent work, and new virtual teaching-learning demands, so these questions are to be expected. At McGraw we pride ourselves on breaking down the many unfamiliar, often invisible expectations with you and guiding you toward new Princeton-specific strategies and techniques to help you answer these and other questions—and implement the solutions. At McGraw you will receive personalized, Princeton-specific advice on methods of learning, time and task management, overcoming procrastination, and tackling assignments, among other things. When you find yourself thinking, “How do I…?” know that McGraw is here for you.

WHAT DOES MCGRAW OFFER?

You can use all of these effective, cost-free, unlimited services designed for all students:

80+ appointments each week, 9am-10pm (Eastern) and by appointment

Offered weekly: Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons

Drop-in Sundays-Thursdays at various times for: CHM 202, CHM 304, ECO 100, ECO 101, ECO 202, EGR 153, EGR 154, MAT 103, MAT 104, MAT 175, MAT 201, MAT 202, MAT 204, MOL 214, ORF 245, PHY 102, PHY 104, POL 345, PSY 251, SPI 200 (formerly WWS 200)

By-appointment for: CHM 202, CHM 304, ECO 100, ECO 101, ECO 202, EGR 153, EGR 154, MAT 103, MAT 104, MAT 175, MAT 201, MAT 202, MAT 204, MOL 214, ORF 245, PHY 102, PHY 104, PHY 108, POL 345, PSY 251, SPI 200 (formerly WWS 200), R-Programming

Over 25 courses, and scores of study groups meeting at various times

  • Principedia (Like Wikipedia, but about succeeding in Princeton courses.)

     Course-specific advice and strategies from students for students

Materials to support development of new approaches to academics

Visit our Virtual McGraw Preview to see video introductions to these programs and more. All these individualized and small group services are supportive, effective, and fun.

HOW DO I USE MCGRAW SERVICES?

All McGraw services are offered virtually in Fall 2020. Some services, like Study Hall Group Tutoring, you can just drop in during the many hours its offered, and Principedia and other resources are always available online. Other services, like learning consultations, workshops and Individual Tutoring, you sign up using our online scheduling system. In fact, you can sign up for individual tutoring, workshops and learning consultations right now! (If you have difficulties, email mcgugrad@princeton.edu and we’ll help you out.)

In addition to McGraw’s website, look for our weekly email newsletter, LearnPrinceton,  and regular flyers. You’ll learn about upcoming workshops, learning consultations, tutoring and other programs. To automatically receive up-to-date information, subscribe to McGraw’s events calendar.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?

The McGraw Center regularly receives as many as 10,000 visits each year from Princeton undergrads and well over half of the class of 2023 worked with tutors and learning consultants and attended workshops. Nearly 20% of first-year students get academic coaching (learning consultations) at McGraw and the average effectiveness rating last year was over 94%. Additionally, literally 99% of students said they would recommend the workshops they attended. Your fellow Princeton students said this about their experiences with McGraw services:

  • "Our learning consultation was super helpful, informative, and fun. I'm sure what I learned will help me not only this semester, but also for a long time from now."
  • "This workshop makes you much more self-aware--the reason you procrastinate is not always what you think."
  • “McGraw’s online resources helped me to organize the many parts of my project and to articulate my thoughts both visually and verbally.”
  • "In my consultation, not only did I learn some extremely effective strategies which I am already using, I also found it very helpful to be able to talk and brainstorm freely."
  • Principedia is amazing! I used it to choose courses, figure out how to learn from lectures and prepare for the final.”
  • “I don’t think I could have learned as much or got the grade I did without McGraw tutoring—THANKS!”

Come to McGraw to connect with your peers, get personalized guidance to learn the skills and strategies to succeed in your classes and have time to take advantage of the many opportunities Princeton has to offer while maintaining balance in your life. We’re here for you; we’re here to help you thrive even under these unprecedented circumstances!