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Finding More Help from MIT Resources

You don't have to go it alone at MIT, and you shouldn't. Help is all around you, and you don't even have to know the right place to look. Ask any of the people or offices listed below. If they can't help you directly, they'll know who can. Here is information on MIT sources of academic support and personal support.

Academic Support

Academic support teams can be both preventive and corrective.

Preventive Support

Early in the term, ask yourself which one or two of your classes seem most challenging. Are you studying a field for the first time? Even in the Science Core, or subjects within your major, are there a lot of new concepts or unfamiliar language? This is your signal to look for extra, preventive help.

Corrective Support

Every MIT student hits a bump somewhere along the road. Don't worry: it doesn't mean that Admissions made a mistake, or that you're just not cut out for [insert challenging field here]. Take a low grade on a quiz or pset as a signal to reassess your learning strategy. Use the resources on this site to check your time management, note-taking, test-taking, and other study skills—then make some changes.

If you get back two or three psets in a row with low grades, mess up a quiz, or find yourself "just not getting it", call in a coach—a "tutor", an individual who knows the subject well and can help you learn it, too. The Tutoring section of this site will help you choose which people and offices can best help you evaluate and fulfill your academic needs.

Make the most of your tutoring sessions by working on the material in advance of your appointment. The more specific you can be about your problem areas, the more focused your session will be. Although working through complex and dense material can be a frustrating and slow process, it is an acquired skill that does become easier with time. Don't give up!

Personal Support

Life at MIT is full of challenges that change as you move toward your degree. In your first year you need to ramp up your study skills, adjust to a new culture (MIT's if not a new national culture), learn to live more independently, and create new relationships. Later you may feel pressure as you choose a major, seek a UROP, look for an internship, and plan a career. All along the way it can be helpful to find someone who can listen to your frustrations, help you understand your roommates and teachers, connect you with a mentor, or guide you back to health.

Any one of the following offices will welcome you and help you figure out whether you need assistance from another office or person.

Find more information on the Student Resources website.