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Whether you're looking to improve how you take notes during lectures, receive constructive feedback on a writing assignment, or create a study group, Penn provides a variety of academic services and resources to support your learning.

Resources for Success for College House Residents

Study Strategies

Content Tutoring

Writing & Research

Language

Mentoring

Academic Achievement Programs

Resources for Students with Disabilities

Speaking and Presentation

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STUDY STRATEGIES

Office of Learning Resources
Weingarten Learning Resources Center
3702 Spruce Street, Stouffer Commons Suite 300
573-9235

The Office of Learning Resources provides individualized instruction in academic reading, writing, time management and study strategies for Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 9-5pm or by walk-in, Monday-Friday, 12-3pm. Study strategy workshops are also offered regularly throughout the fall and spring semesters.

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CONTENT TUTORING

The Tutoring Center
220 S. 40th Street, Suite 260
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3512
215-898-8596

The Tutoring Center offers Penn students a variety of peer tutoring services to supplement the academic support provided by Penn faculty, teaching assistants and learning instructors. Tutorials are generally offered for the core introductory and intermediate undergraduate courses. Tutoring for upper level courses is available on a limited basis. The Tutoring Center also manages the Old Exam File; email oef@pobox.upenn.edu to register.

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WRITING & RESEARCH

The Writing Center - For expert, friendly help with your writing!

Make an Appointment:

  • Kelly Writers House (3805 Locust Walk) Sunday through Thursday, 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
  • Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (3808 Walnut St.) Monday through Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Fridays, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Weigel Information Commons (Van Pelt Library) Monday through Thursday, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm .

For more information or to schedule an appointment visit: http://writing.upenn.edu/critical/help or call 215-573-2729.

Drop In :

  • Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (3808 Walnut St.) Sunday through Thursday, 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
  • Weigel Information Commons (Van Pelt Library) Sunday through Thursday, 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

Office of Learning Resources
Weingarten Learning Resources Center
3702 Spruce Street, Stouffer Commons Suite 300
573-9235

The Office of Learning Resources provides individualized instruction in academic reading, writing, time management and study strategies for Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 9-5pm or by walk-in, Monday-Friday, 12-3pm. Study strategy workshops are also offered regularly throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Penn Online Research Tutorial (PORT)

Sponsored by Van Pelt Library, this website provides step-by-step instruction on issues such as how to design a research topic, strategies for gathering sources, and citing references properly.

TeachWeb
This website is designed for graduate English students, but it provides useful information and references for writing styles, grammar, citation practices, grading policies, plagiarism policies, and other information you might need for writing papers at Penn.

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LANGUAGE

English Language Program
21 Bennett Hall
898-8681

The English Language Program (ELP) provides courses in English as a second/foreign (ESL/EFL) language and orientation to life in the United States. Through the Intensive Program, students can choose from 35 courses and 8 levels of proficiency ranging from elementary to advanced. The Conversation and Culture program is a four-week program designed for students who would like to improve their conversational skills. For information on course schedules and costs, please contact the ELP.

Penn Language Center
715-16 Williams Hall
898-6039

The Penn Language Center is the home for research on and teaching of all foreign languages at Penn. The PLC also directs the Language Direct program in the college hourses.

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MENTORING

Mentor Programs
Suite 102, Harnwell College House
898-6440

The Pre-health Professions and Pre-law Mentor Programs are support networks that provide activities, programs, and services to undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing future careers in the health or law professions and are committed to addressing issues of ethnic and racial disparities in underserved communities. Program activities include mentoring by upperclass and professional (medical, law, dental, etc.) school students, workshops, and shadowing. The Office of Academic Enrichment Programs, in collaboration with Penn's professional schools, coordinates the Pre-health and Pre-law Mentor Programs.

Penn Mentoring Program (CSE and Chemistry)
The Penn Mentoring Program (PMP), in collaboration with the Office of Learning Resources and faculty and staff from Computer Science and Chemistry, matches students who have excelled in their discipline (mentors) with a small group of students taking introductory courses in those disciplines (mentees). The mentors hold weekly group meetings in order to help mentees develop successful study strategies for particular courses. Additional review sessions are offered during exam periods. The program currently supports the following classes: CHEM 101, COLL 110, and CSE 120. Please register online

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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMS

McNair Scholars
Suite 122, 120 College Hall
898-3115

The McNair Scholars Program is designed for first generation and income eligible students, as well as students from groups which have been traditionally underrepresented at the doctoral level; African American, Latina/Hispanic, or Native American. Penn McNair Scholars are provided research opportunities, mentoring, travel to conferences and graduate schools, and a generous stipend.

PENNCAP
Suite 102, Harnwell College House
898-6440

PENNCAP(Pennsylvania College Achievement Program) works closely with academically talented students, many from low-income or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, to support their success during their entire four years at Penn, from matriculation to graduation. A professional staff provides coaching, counseling, academic support, cultural enrichment, and assistance in developing meaningful personal and educational goals.

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RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Student Disabilities Services
Office of Student Disabilities Services
Weingarten Learning Resources Center
3702 Spruce Street, Stouffer Commons Suite 300
215-573-9235

The Office of Student Disabilities Services (SDS) provides comprehensive, professional services and programs for students with disabilities to ensure equal academic opportunities and participation in University-sponsored events. Located in the Learning Resources Center, SDS collaborates with the Office of Learning Resources to provide comprehensive academic support, including learning strategies that complement accommodations, academic adjustments, and the use of auxiliary aids.

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SPEAKING AND PRESENTATION

Communication Within the Curriculum (CWiC)
CWiC Speaking Center
3619 Locust Walk, Room 307
215.746.3613
Email: cwic@sas.upenn.edu

CWiC works with students to help them improve their speaking abilities. At the CWiC Speaking Center, speaking advisors consult with students on presentations or help with other oral work, from using visuals to participating in discussion. CWiC also offers students the chance to develop as speakers by supporting speaking-intensive classes, presentation prizes and extracurricular speaking opportunities, and through non-credit workshops. Interested students may also join the CWiC staff.

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