Academic Skills Resources for Stanford Students
The Center for Teaching and Learning provides all Stanford students with academic skills resources to help you become empowered learners. Through Academic Coaching, our Peer Learning Consultant Program, workshops, study halls, and other academic resources, we hope to provide you with the tools necessary to help you achieve your academic goals.
Academic Coaching can provide you with a "personal trainer” who can observe your strategies and techniques, suggest changes to your approach, and provide encouragement as you implement new ways of learning. Our academic coaches hold advanced degrees and bring a diversity of academic, professional, and personal experience to their roles. Our peer academic coaches are mid-to-late stage graduate or professional students who are familiar with the academic challenges at Stanford. Meet our Academic Coaches and Peer Academic Coaches.
Academic Coaches meet with both undergraduate and graduate students and help you tackle common challenges like:
- Test preparation & anxiety
- Thesis & dissertation writing
- Time management
- Reading & note-taking
NOTE: Due to health concerns about COVID-19, we are not currently able to offer in-person coaching appointments. However, we are happy to meet with you via Zoom.
Peer Learning Consultants are undergraduate and graduate students who work with community centers, residences, and academic departments across campus to help other students develop effective learning strategies. Our learning consultants offer one-on-one academic coaching, workshops, consultations, and academic programming to address a variety of academic skills.
Reaching your academic potential can be challenging, but learning effective habits can help you get there. We have plenty of tips and tools to help you make the most of your time and effort.
Find study tips and tools on:
- Time Management [weekly schedule] [quarter at a glance]
- Test preparation & anxiety
- Course-specific strategies
- General study skills
We provide a conducive, quiet working space - complete with peer motivation, coffee, and academic consulting (on-demand) - to help you make progress on your academic work. Grad Study Hall supports graduate students working towards a thesis or dissertation, while Incomplete Study Hall welcomes undergraduate students who are working to resolve an Incomplete grade.
NOTE: Due to health concerns about COVID-19, Study Halls have been cancelled for the Spring Quarter.
The study habits that helped get you here are not necessarily the ones that will help sustain you, and identifying the additional skills you need is not always an intuitive process.
The Academic Skills Self-Assessment is intended to provide new techniques and approaches to try, as well as offer encouragement and reinforcement for the strategies you are already using. After you select which topics you want to explore, the inventory generates comments that are tailored to your responses. It takes about 5-15 minutes to complete.