Undergraduates

UPDATES in response to COVID-19

During the spring semester remote learning period, the McGraw Center’s Undergraduate Learning Program, consisting of group (study hall) and individual tutoring, individualized learning consultations, and workshops, intends to modify its offerings by moving them online. We anticipate that students will be able to receive tutoring (group and individual) in the same set of courses we have supported thus far this term. Students can also receive support for learning in any Princeton course and for independent work by signing up for individualized learning consultations conducted online. Online learning strategy workshops on a variety of topics will be conducted as scheduled. All services are cost-free. Updates, with more detail, will posted by the end of each work day. (updated 3/16/20)

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Our aim is to help students thrive academically and holistically in Princeton’s distinctive and challenging Research University-Liberal Arts College setting. 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 help you become a more powerful, productive, and independent learner and problem-solver. We create a welcoming place where students work with their peers in a non-evaluative environment to focus on enhancing their methods and processes of learning in order to achieve success and balance during all four years at Princeton.

Learn about the McGraw Undergraduate Learning Program services and resources by clicking on the illustrated guide below.

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Research shows that expert learners approach texts and problems differently than novices. They engage readings primed to pick out key ideas and arguments, to think about implications and to plan next steps. They chunk information and categorize problems according to tested strategies developed to conceptualize and to solve them. Our programs translate insights from this research on learning and cognition into practical approaches to help Princeton undergraduates become more powerful, productive and independent learners. With practice and support, students at all levels can cultivate these academic skills and adopt new strategies and habits of mind.

Programs and services currently offered for undergraduate students include:

  • Academic Strategies Workshops.  Hands-on, active, and processes focused workshops in which students learn and apply strategies designed expressly for the Princeton University Context. We offer a regular calendar of options as well as a by request system where we can work with colleges, student groups, and departments to tailor workshops to their specific groups. 
  • Course Specific Review Sessions and Workshops. We partner with courses to offer weekly review sessions and problem-solving sessions for students.  Additional, we offer topical learning workshops linked to a particular aspect of a course's curriculum (i.e., Calculus for PHY 108, Beginning in R for SML 201). Led by graduate students or experienced tutors to combine explanation and guided practice.
  • Principedia.  A new interactive wiki "encyclopedia" of knowledge about effective learning in Princeton Courses.  Course Articles are created and edited by students and discuss the learning challenges and developed strategies.  Visit principedia.princeton.edu
  • Learning Strategies Consultations. Students develop personalized approaches to their learning by working one-on-one with a trained student or staff consultant. Consultants advise students on many topics concerning their coursework, independent work, and general learning and time-management practices. 
  • Academic Consultations. Graduate students develop personalized approaches to their academic work in one-on-one consultations with a trained graduate student or staff consultant. Consultants brainstorm strategies with students on many topics including research, coursework, general learning, and time-management practices, and any topic the student chooses. 
  • Group Study Hall and Individual Tutoring. Offered four nights and one afternoon a week during the semester for several large enrollment STEM or Quantitative courses.  Our trained peer tutors support students active grappling with content and problems and facilitate reflection upon their approaches to learning. Students are prompted to explain their understandings, explicate their reasoning processes and procedures, assess their competency, identify gaps in their expertise, and practice transferring their knowledge and skills to complex, multi-faceted problems like those found on Princeton exams. 
  • Virtual Learning Blog. 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 to so many aspects of academic life. We want to reassure you that we intend to face these challenging circumstances with a spirit of camaraderie, resourcefulness, and resilience, and to tackle difficulties as they arise creatively and strategically. We believe that helping you work collaboratively with peers and enhancing your learning skills and strategies will minimize stress and help you meet your academic challenges. This can be helpful not only academically but also in managing stress in other parts of your life. We’re glad we are able to continue offering our services and we look forward to working with you.. In this blog we will respond to questions and issues raised by Princeton students with brief posts that include concrete, actionable advice and incorporate other McGraw resources. Posts will be added frequently, so please share with us challenges, questions, and topics you would like addressed
  • Peer Educators. These students are on the ground working as tutors and consultants.  Peer educators are highly trained and very aware of the processes involved in learning and the challenges of being a Princeton student. Consider becoming a tutor or learning consultant at McGraw. 
  • Digital Learning Lab. A fully staffed state-of-the-art multimedia laboratory located on the first floor of the Lewis Science Library. The Digital Learning Lab (formerly the New Media Center) provides students and faculty access to cutting-edge digital media technologies along with one-on-one training various applications to enrich the teaching and learning experience at Princeton.

Explore the links to the left to find out more about each of these programs and services.  Arrange appointments with McGraw staff members by e-mailing mcgraw@princeton.edu or calling 8-2575.