Academic Resource Centers
Yale provides a number of academic support programs to supplement class instruction and to strengthen commonly used skills. Students at every level of ability take advantage of these programs, which are described below.
- Center for International and Professional Experience
- Center for Language Study
- Center for Teaching and Learning
- Resource Office on Disabilities
- Yale University Library
The Yale College Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) includes the Study Abroad, Fellowship Programs, Career Strategy, and Yale Summer Session offices. The Center offers students advice and information about summer and academic-year opportunities for study abroad, international and domestic internships, graduate school, and fellowships, scholarships, and other funding, as well as career and employment counseling. It is never too early to consider summer options, to plan ahead for a term or year abroad, or to think about post-graduation opportunities. Students are encouraged to visit the CIPE Web site. Advisers at the CIPE office, located at 55 Whitney Avenue, offer scheduled appointments and walk-in hours, and the CIPE library features information about a wide variety of programs and resources. For further information, visit the CIPE Website or call the Center at 203 432-0800.
The Center for Language Study (CLS) provides resources for students of foreign languages, including peer tutoring for undergraduates enrolled in foreign language courses. The Center also offers courses and support for non-native speakers of English through its English Language program. In addition, the CLS makes available specialized language programs, such as Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) for the study of languages not offered at Yale, the Fields program for discipline-specific and advanced language study, and the Shared Course Initiative, which uses videoconferencing with Columbia and Cornell to offer languages not otherwise taught at Yale. All Yale students, whether or not they are formally enrolled in language courses, have access to CLS facilities, including its study rooms and multimedia labs. For more information, including hours, a list of resources, and detailed information about the Yale College foreign language requirement and placement testing, see the Center for Language Study’s Website.
Center for Teaching and Learning
The Yale Center for Teaching and Learning, offers tutoring in all areas of quantitative reasoning and science, including economics.
The Residential College Math and Science Tutoring program offers tutoring at scheduled times in the residential colleges. The tutors are advanced graduate students chosen for their teaching ability and their expertise. Tutoring is available to all Yale College students on a walk-in basis. You can find tutor hours and which subjects they cover on the Residential College Math and Science Tutoring Web page. For further questions, contact Kailas Purushothaman.
Students in a QR or Sc course who need additional help—as confirmed by the professor—may apply for small-group or individual tutoring to supplement their visits to TF office hours and to Residential College Math/Science tutors. Applications to request a tutor can be downloaded from the program’s Web page. For more detailed information, visit the Science & Quantitative Reasoning Tutoring Web page or contact the program coordinator, Kailas Purushothaman.
The Yale College Writing Center, a unit of the Center for Teaching and Learning, oversees several programs that can help students improve their writing. The Center provides a Bass Writing Tutor in each residential college to help with individual essays. Bass tutors work with students on any type of writing—from course papers to senior essays to fellowship applications—and at any stage of development, from initial notes to a near-finished draft. Each tutor is available for approximately ten hours a week and usually meets with students by appointment on a one-to-one basis.
Another program, called the Writing Partners, offers drop-in help with writing at the Center itself. Writing partners are graduate students and advanced undergraduates selected both for their writing skills and for their ability to talk about writing. They can give feedback at any point in the writing process, from brainstorming to final revision. Both the Bass tutors and the writing partners help with writing in all disciplines, and provide tutoring for students who are writing in English as a second language.
For more information about the Writing Center and its programs, visit the Writing Center’s Website. The website also offers information on how to use sources effectively and understanding and avoiding plagiarism.
The Resource Office on Disabilities coordinates accommodations and services for students with disabilities and provides general information about campus-wide access for persons with disabilities. Services include, but are not limited to, classroom and special testing accommodations, visual materials in alternative formats, and loans of special equipment. If you are a student with a disability, contacting the Resource Office on Disabilities is a required first step in the process of obtaining disability-related accommodations. Registration with the Resource Office is confidential. Contacting the office during the summer months is encouraged.
Early planning is critical to successful accommodations. New students who need housing accommodations should complete the standard online housing form for incoming first-year students and send or fax supporting medical documentation to the Resource Office by mid-May. The documentation should explain why and what housing arrangements need to be considered. Students requesting accommodations related to academic disabilities should contact the Resource Office. Students are required to contact the Resource Office at the beginning of every term for class accommodations.
The Resource Office on Disabilities is located at 35 Broadway (rear entrance), Room 222. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. An appointment is advised.
Resource Office on Disabilities
P.O. Box 208305
New Haven, CT 06520-8305
Phone: 203 432-2324
Fax: 203 432-8250
In addition to its collections and study spaces, the Yale University Library offers academic research support to undergraduates at all levels. Every incoming transfer student is matched with a Personal Librarian (PL) who serves as a general research adviser until the student has declared a major. Transfer students are encouraged to meet with their PL whenever they need assistance finding sources and evidence for assignments and papers, articulating research questions, identifying the best sources, and preparing bibliographies. Personal Librarians also e-mail students throughout the year with information about new research resources, workshops, and programs, as well as with timely reminders about library policies and procedures. After a student formally declares a major, the PL will introduce him or her to the appropriate Subject Specialist, a senior staff member who provides similar assistance for more advanced major research. For further information about the program, visit the Personal Librarian page on the Yale University Library Website.