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Academic Advisors
Academic Advisors are faculty and staff who support your success through academic planning, connection, and resources that help chart your pathway to graduation. 

Talk to academic advisors about:

  • Your transition to UMass Amherst
  • Creating an academic plan
  • Classes and academic strategies
  • Planning short- and long-term goals
  • Campus resources and opportunities to get involved
  • Degree requirements and academic policies 

Instructors & Teaching Assistants 
Course instructors are experts in their field and can be a powerful resource to you. Build relationships with your instructors and TAs by paying attention during class, participating in class conversation, and visiting during office hours. Use office hours as a time to share what you’re struggling with, what you’re enjoying, and what you want to know more about.  


Peer Leaders
Peer Mentors, tutors, and Peer Advisors are student leaders committed to helping you figure out how to be the best student possible. Be sure to talk to peer leaders about what strategies they recommend, what campus resources they’ve used, and what information they think you need to know. 


Learning Resource Center (LRC) 
The Learning Resource Center offers academic support through Supplemental Instruction (SI), course tutoring, and study skills tutoring. Staff and students who work in the LRC are trained to provide quality support for your classroom experience and strengthen your academic skills. Visit the LRC website to make an appointment.  


Writing Center
The Writing Center is the place to go for all types of writing support. Peer Writing Consultants are undergraduate and graduate students trained to assist with all stages of the writing process. The Writing Center can help with: 

  • Brainstorming ideas 
  • Organizing content 
  • Integrating research 
  • Polishing a draft
  • Citing sources and avoiding plagiarism 
  • Cover letter and resume editing 

Visit the Writing Center website to learn more and schedule a meeting.  

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