Columbia College

Academic Resources

There are a broad range of resources available to you that will assist you in making good academic decisions. Beyond the resources listed below, your adviser in the Berick Center for Student Advising and the faculty Director of Undergraduate Studies in your academic department can assist you in identifying more resources specifically geared to your interests and requirements.

You will do your best work when you genuinely learn from the intellectual challenges of classes, assignments, papers and examinations. It is your responsibility to identify the resources you need in order to successfully rise to these challenges.

Your Instructor

The first person you should ask any questions you may have about the expectations for a given class is the instructor.

Your Adviser

If you have general questions about academic integrity and the disciplinary process you should direct these to your adviser in the Berick Center for Student Advising. Your adviser can also assist you in identifying other campus resources that might be of assistance as you develop study skills and good work habits, including Stressbusters, a group of student volunteers who help to promote positive stress coping strategies among Columbians through Alice! Health Promotion

Library Resources for Undergraduates

The Columbia University Libraries offers a full range of resources and services to support all aspects of undergraduate study. Librarians can help you find the best print and electronic resources, and teach you how to use bibliographic software as well as other tools that will help you organize and manage information. To learn more, visit Undergraduate Library Services and the Undergraduate Library Guide to Getting Started.

There are also a variety of discipline- or field-specific libraries which will provide access to the literature and resources most relevant to your major. 

For additional help with any of your study needs, contact Anice Mills, undergraduate services librarian: am447@columbia.edu.

Tutoring and Help Rooms

The CSA Tutoring Service offers free tutoring for all Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students in a range of introductory math and science courses. Qualified and trained peer tutors assist students with mastering their course content and maximizing their potential for academic achievement. When combined with regular attendance of classes and recitations, visits to professors' office hours, use of departmental Help Rooms and formation of peer study groups, tutoring serves as a proactive step for students to ensure academic success.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center, in 310 Philosophy, provides writing support to undergraduate and graduate students in the Columbia community. In one-on-one consultations and workshops, consultants offer feedback and strategies to help students improve at every stage of their writing, from brainstorming to final drafts. Questions? Email the Writing Center at writingcenter@columbia.edu.