There are many academic support services that are available for all engineering students. You should make use of these resources early and often each semester. Please review the resources below and if you have any questions, reach out to Assistant Dean Paula Rees:
Marcus 128b - in the Engineering Community, Equity and Inclusion Hub
If you require help that is not covered by the resources below [In-House Support or LRC tutoring, ExSEL and SI], please fill out an Academic Support Request Form. We'll do our best to support your needs.
If you are interested in serving as a peer academic support leader, please let us know via this link.
Faculty and TA Office Hours
The first stop for all students should be your course syllabus - make sure to take advantage of faculty and TA office hours. If you cannot make office hours due to a course conflict, reach out to your instructor and explain the situation.
>>> DROP IN SUPPORT FOR MATLAB (MIE 124) IS AVAILABLE IN 126 MARSTON <<<
Mondays: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesdays: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Learning Resource Center
Additional academic support resources include Help Centers in some departments (Mathematics, etc.) and Tutoring, ExSEL and Supplemental Instruction offered by the Learning Resource Center. No application is needed for any of these tutoring resources, and they are free.
Many of the LRC resources require you to make appointments through the EAB SSC. Time slots are only open 5 to 10 days in advance. There are also drop in hours and "day of" support requests may be made by contacting the LRC directly.
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides peer tutoring, Excellence through Student Enhance Learning (ExSEL) course support, and supplemental instruction (SI).
10th Floor, W.E.B. DuBois Library
The LRC opens January 29th for the Spring 2020 semester.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is informal, peer facilitated review sessions for a particular course. During SI sessions, students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. The SI leader is a student who has successfully completed the course. The student SI leader also sits in on course lectures for the current semester.
In consultation with the engineering departments based on their in-house TA coverage and based on availability of Peer Leaders, the following courses in engineering will be covered for Spring 2020:
- CHE 120 [Sundays 5:30 - 6:45 pm, MACHE 10; Thursdays 8:30 - 9:45 pm, MACHE 10] - Peer Leader Hong Nguyen (hongnguyen at umass.edu)
- MIE 201 [Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:45 pm, ELab 327; Thursdays 7:00 - 8:15 pm, ELab 327]
- MIE 211 [Mondays 7:00 - 8:15 pm, Room TBA; Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:45 pm, ELab 305]
SI is also available for the following courses taken by engineering students: Chem 111, Chem 112, Chem 261, Chem 262, CS 121, CS 250, Math 131, Physics 151, Physics 152.
Please double check the LRC web and/or with your instructor for days, times and locations of SI sessions.
Excellence through Student Enhanced Learning
Excellence through Student Enhance Learning (ExSEL) is the LRC's newest program. Students participate in a weekly 75 minute small group workshop facilitated by a highly trained and dynamic peer leader. To insure a spot, you must sign up through the LRC web page (see below).
In consultation with the engineering departments based on their in-house TA coverage and based on availability of Peer Leaders, the following courses in engineering will be covered for for Spring 2020:
- ECE 213 [Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:15 pm, Du Bois Library 1202; Thursdays 5:30 - 6:45 pm, Du Bois Library 1223]
- ECE 214 [Tuesdays 5:30 - 6:45 pm, Du Bois Library 1302; Thursdays 4:00 - 5:15 pm, Du Bois Library 1202]
Book a spot in an ExSEL session via the EAB SSC platform or through the link on the LRC front page. Drop in spots are also available. Please go to the LRC website to see the schedule of ExSEL sessions if you wish to drop in.
Sunday – Thursday
1:00 PM to 10:00 PM (by appointment - schedules only posted two weeks in advance)
Friday Drop-Ins for several classes, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Peer tutors have gone through training to help assist you with homework, assignments, and example problems from class. Peer tutoring at the LRC is one-on-one and is free. All LRC tutoring is located on the 10th floor of the Library. Tutoring is available for most Chemistry, Physics, and Math courses and for many Engineering, Biology and Computer Science courses.
The following core courses in the engineering curriculum will be covered for Spring 2020:
- MIE 210
- MIE 310
- MIE 340
Other engineering courses may be covered. Check the LRC website for the latest information. Most math, chemistry, and physics courses are covered.
Book a tutoring appointment via the EAB SSC platform, or through the link on the LRC front page.
If you are having trouble scheduling an appointment, call the LRC between 1pm and 10pm: 413-545-5334.
Math courses also have drop in tutoring in LGRT 140 from M-TH, 10 AM - 3 PM.
The College of Engineering In-House Support
Depending on need, the College coordinates across the departments to provide support for engineering courses not covered with sufficient TA support or by the LRC (preferred support mechanisms). We will work with faculty and students to cover additional courses as requests are received through the on-line request form.
AICHE Chem Eng Tutoring
No AICHE tutoring is currently planned for Spring 2020.
No study jams are currently scheduled for Spring 2020. Talk to your professor if you think a Study Jam would be useful for a course, or fill out a request form.
Electrical & Computing Engineering Support for Software through the Curriculum
The ECE department anticipates providing drop in hours for support on computer programs used throughout the curriculum, such as Excel, Matlab, and P-Spice. Details will be posted when available, but hours will likely be 4 - 8 pm Sunday - Thursday.
Academic Workshops/Other Drop in Support
No workshops or drop-in support for other engineering courses is currently planned.
There are other resources on campus that also offer tutoring or provide good places for individual or group study. These include:
- Lower Level, W.E.B. Du Bois Library
- Computer Stations
- Breakout / Group Study Rooms
- 140 LGRT (Lederle Tower)
- Tutoring Math 131 / 132 / 233
- Mondays - Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm
- 146 LGRT (Lederle Tower)
- If you are struggling with the pre-calc elements of Calc I, see Fall 2019 PreCalc Help Center Schedule at above link
- Lederle Graduate Research Center, Lowrise A273
- Computers and group study rooms
- lower level, W.E.B. Du Bois Library
- email@example.com, or 413-577-1293
- tutoring for all writing assignments / courses