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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 the Academic Success Programs.

Sunday, April 12, 2015
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Faculty Room 207, Low Library

Time Management Resources

Support Groups and Workshops

Columbia Health offers several support groups and

Create a Weekly Schedule

The rhythm of a college semester can be irregular and variable, but it is underlaid by the reliable repetition of the week. Your classes recur on a weekly basis, as do many assignments.

Calculate Your Free Time

Also Known As: Commitments Reality Check

Why should I calculate my free time?

Undergraduate Research

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

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 mtac@columbia.edu 

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 mtac@columbia.edu as soon as possible if I decide to discontinue participating in MTAC or have dropped the course.
  • Time Management and Productivity

    As a student, your success stems from your ability to balance the demands of schoolwork with the needs to eat, sleep, exercise, and have recreational time.

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