Academic Resources

There are many resources for students on campus! Here are a few to help with those pesky tests. study sessions, and papers.

Academic Resource Center: 

The Academic Resource Center offers free academic support for undergraduates at the University of Iowa. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is offered for a variety of courses throughout the year to help you succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. All of the SI sessions are free and you do not need to sign up in advance. Stop by any sessions throughout the semester. Our SI leaders have excelled in their subject area and were recommended by instructors to assist you.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free resource that helps you figure out how to be successful in your course. You’ll meet with a fellow student (the SI Leader) who did well in the course. The SI leader will facilitate activities to help you better understand the course material and how to study smarter. You will compare notes with other students, get organized, and prepare for test questions. The SI leader attends all class lectures and takes notes, so you can be sure that your leader knows what’s going on in your class and is working with the professor. The sessions are informal, and you can attend as many sessions as you like.

The schedule for SI can be found here.

If you have any questions please email them at: uc-arc@uiowa.edu

The Writing Center:

The Writing Center assists with all writing projects, including multimedia projects, at any stage of development. Our services are free and available to anyone in the University of Iowa community. Our job is to help you become a better writer, reader and critical thinker.

You can find the writing center schedule here.

Academic Support & Retention: 

How to EXCEL at Iowa: 

  • Get enough sleep and exercise regularly
  • Keep in touch with family and friends back home
  • Create a personal budget
  • Connect with peers in and out of the classroom
  • Go to class!!
  • Take good notes
  • Complete readings before class
  • Accept and seek out help
  • Talk to Professors and Teaching Assistants (TAs) 
  • Utilize Academic resources. Find them here

How to Get Help:

Talk with your Professor or TA 
  • Visit during office hours or make an appointment. 
  • Talk about ways to learn the material and study strategies. 
  • Ask about your current grade. 
  • Help create a plan for success in the class. 
Meet with your Academic Advisor
  • Visit during walk-in hours or make an appointment.
  • Talk about how you're doing in classes and plan ahead for the future.
  • Find your Academic Advisor on MyUI under Student Records/Program of Study and Advisor or call the Academic Advising Center at (319) 353-5700. 

Tips for talking with your professor:

Be Mannerly: Call your professor by their preferred title in all verbal and written communication. 

Be Honest: If you're having difficulty in a class, let your professor know you recognize it. Ask them what you can do to improve. 

Be Appreciative: Thank them for taking the time to talk with you. 

Be on Time: Schedule an appointment if necessary. 

Be Prepared: Think about the goal of your meeting, prepare questions in advance, and bring materials you may need with. 

For more resources visit the Iowa Tutor website here