The University of Denver provides many ways of getting academic help, and all of these resources are free for DU students to use.
1. Anderson Academic Commons
The Anderson Academic Commons (AAC) which is our main library, is ranked 4th in “best college libraries” nationally in the Princeton Review. This is because many academic support services are also housed in the AAC, which allows students to conveniently access help when they are studying in the library. Some of these services are the Writing Center, The IT Help Center, and the Science and Engineering Center, just to name a few.
2. Academic Advising
Academic Advising provides help with your classes, so you are able to reach out to them to learn more about class registration, adding or changing your major, taking a leave of absence, or related subjects.
Drop-in sessions are available on Monday and Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m; it’s best to call ahead at 303-871-2455 to ensure availability. You can also schedule an appointment (which is highly recommended around registration as there may not be availability for drop-in sessions) at https://isarsgrid.du.edu/eSARS/SLAcademicAdvising/eSARS.asp?WCI=Init&WCE=Settings
3. Academic Coaching
Academic Coaching supports students by helping them learn more about how to optimize their performance in college. They provide advising in terms of goal-setting, discovering strengths, and connecting to helpful resources.
If you’re still confused about the difference between Academic Advising and Academic Coaching, here’s a helpful table:
The professors at DU are generally very approachable and willing to help. Many classes also have teaching assistants (TAs) who are there to help students out. When struggling in class, it’s best to talk to these people since they know the syllabus the best and are therefore the most qualified to help.
5. Fellow classmates
Your fellow classmates are also great people to talk to when you’re struggling in class. Students often form study groups to help each other understand the course material, and this is a very effective way to make sure you know everything you need to know.
Author: Ronnie Cheng
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