MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ACADEX: MIT Center for Academic Excellence

Finding Help Right Now

It's the middle of the night. You and your classmates are busy working but MIT's offices are closed. Something's going wrong. What can you do?

Don't panic: help is available 24/7. Here's where to find it, in two categories:

Personal Support

MIT is an intense environment. Stress can build up to a point where you feel like you can't take any more. That's the point at which you need to talk with someone else. Sometimes you just need to dump your feelings on a friend. But friends are busy, too, and often dealing with their own stress.

Even at 3 a.m. you can:

Some problems feel gigantic in the middle of the night, especially if you're sleep-deprived. Take a deep breath and evaluate whether you need an immediate solution or can wait until the morning. If you can wait, use the Help from MIT Resources page to find what you need.

Academic Support

This site offers many short articles addressing common questions and challenges, including:

Also see the main headings for more articles. A quick read may help you move forward enough for one night.

Other online resources include:

For information on resources available during business hours, see Help from MIT Resources.