Undergraduates

Fall 2020 Virtual Learning Support

These are extraordinary times, times that will challenge us to work together, to seek support, to offer support. The McGraw Center is here to support ALL students-- first years through seniors--to adapt to the new and unfamiliar ways you are being taught and the expectations and demands that go with these 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.

The McGraw Center has moved all of its programming—tutoring, learning consultations, and workshops--to virtual synchronous formats using Zoom and we’ve even added new services including student-led study groups and course jumpstarts. At the same time, we believe that helping students work collaboratively with peers will be crucial during this period of virtual instruction and remote learning and so we encourage you to reach out to friends and classmates to work together. Using resources and working collaboratively can be helpful not only academically but also for managing the increased stresses many are encountering in other parts of their lives. We’re glad we are here to support you during these challenging times and we look forward to working with you this fall and beyond.


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 reading, learning, problem-solving, time management and motivation differently than beginners. 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 who not only achieve better grades but also greater balance. With practice and support from McGraw learning consultants, tutors and workshop leaders, students at all levels can cultivate these academic skills and adopt new effective and efficient strategies and truly thrive at Princeton.

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. 
  • 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.