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As a student, you are expected to learn each day through a diverse array of media, alone and in groups, at different times, and in different places.

Effective Note-taking in Lectures

Why Take Lecture Notes?

Most students take notes during lectures, but why?

ASP Welcome Reception

We hope you will be able to join us for our welcome reception. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with staff and current students in Academic Success Programs (ASP).

Sunday, April 23, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Low Library, Faculty Room

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Undergraduate Research

Interested in getting involved with undergraduate research on campus, but unsure about how to start?


First-in-Family Programs (FiF) serves Columbia’s first-generation undergraduates in order to help them thrive in the college environment.

MTAC Participant Agreement

This is the participant agreement webform for students who have signed up for the MTAC Biology program for the spring 2015 term.

Submission of this webform is required in order to participate in MTAC. If you have any questions, please contact 

Please select which MTAC group you have signed up for.
Please read the following expectations carefully.

I understand that, as an MTAC participant, it is my responsibility to:

  • Commit to attending the MTAC group that I have selected each week; or, if my schedule changes, to switch my group (pending availability) before the February 2 deadline.
  • Keep track of my attendance and let my coach know in advance if I will not be able to attend a session, understanding that I may be asked to leave the program if I accrue more than two unexcused absences.
  • Keep pace with the course and assignments, including: reading notes; going to class; going to recitation; using the problem book; completing all assignments.
  • Prepare all assigned MTAC-material in advance of group meetings, including but not limited to: solving practice problems; reading through problems for each session in advance.
  • Participate actively during each group session, including but not limited to: asking questions, answering questions when called on, sharing alternate approaches, drawing out problem elements on the board, and respectfully challenging answers with which you disagree.
  • Be respectful of other group members and help my MTAC coach to create a positive, respectful environment for learning. This includes meeting expectations set out in the Coaching Group Contract at the beginning of the semester, and respecting all students’ right to keep performance on problems in coaching groups private.
  • Participate in all program assessment activities.
  • Communicate with coaches outside of the group ONLY through the online group space. Coaches have been instructed not to answer emails sent to them privately.
  • Notify as soon as possible if I decide to discontinue participating in MTAC or have dropped the course.
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    Academic Resources Toolbox

    The Academic Resources Toolbox brings together exercises, articles, and software to help you improve your academic performance.

    CSA Weekly Content Submission Form

    The CSA sends a weekly newsletter to all Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students on Tuesday afternoons. Please submit all content by 9:00 a.m. on Monday to be included in the current week's issue. Entries received after this time will be considered for the following week if applicable. Please contact Joshua Gaynor with any questions.


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    James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising


    403 Alfred Lerner Hall
    2920 Broadway
    New York, NY 10027

    Call: (212) 854-6378

    Fax: (212) 854-2458

    Office Hours
    9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

    Walk-in Hours (Sept-May)
    3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.