Undergraduate Student Success: Workshops and Campus Resources

College can be a challenging time, and there's no shame in needing a little extra help.There are multiple free resources available at Iowa to help you succeed, and you don't have to go through it alone.

The following resources can provide you with academic assistance:

  • Your academic advisor. Your advisor can help you develop a plan to succeed in your classes, and they can also connect you with other resources on campus.
  • Tutoring centers. Tutoring centers on campus offer free tutoring in a variety of subjects.
  • The Writing Center. The Writing Center offers free help with writing assignments. You can get help with brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing your papers.
  • Campus libraries. The libraries on campus have a variety of resources to help you with your studies, including online databases, books, and journals.
  • Online resources. There are multiple online resources available to help you with your studies and learning how to learn.

Please visit the website links for specific information about each of our resources, as hours and services may change each semester.

Workshops l Academic Support & Tutoring l Other Available Resources

CLAS Student Success Workshop Series

The Student Success Workshop Series will be offered by our campus partners throughout the spring 2024 semester. All students are welcome to attend. 

Reflecting on Your Learning: Refine Your Study Strategies Now

This session will provide a structured opportunity to reflect on your semester and evaluate how effective you have been with your learning so far. You will then identify specific steps and strategies you can use for the rest of the semester to accomplish your academic goals.

Presented by Learning at Iowa.

So Much to Do, So Little Time: Time Management Strategies for Academic Success

Learn about tools to create effective time management plans and to recognize how your academic success is affected by time management. Presented by Academic Support and Retention.

Bouncing Back in Times of Stress: Resiliency

Learn about bouncing back from situations that do not go as planned and set a path towards success.

Presented by Academic Support and Retention.

Daily Habits of a Successful Student

Learn about the daily habits of a successful student, what basic academic behaviors are, and how daily habits affect students’ GPAs. 

Presented by Academic Support and Retention.

Test Taking

Learn about ways to approach exams, including memory techniques and strategies for tackling multiple-choice questions.

Presented by Academic Support and Retention.

Let’s Talk, Hawks!

Drop-in Space

  • Open to all students
  • First come, first served—no appointments needed
  • Brief—up to 15 minutes
  • Informal—no paperwork to be completed
  • Not counseling or a crisis service

Locations: Residence Halls, College of Engineering

Presented by University Counseling Service.

Depression Workshop (Getting Unstuck)

“Getting Unstuck” is a three-week, skills-based clinical workshop designed to provide support and skills aimed at addressing students who would like to learn ways be better to manage their depression symptoms. 

Location: University Counseling Service - Westlawn

Date/Time: Thursdays 4:00-5:00 pm

  • Series 1: Feb 8, 15, 22
  • Series 2: Mar 7, 21, 28

Presented by University Counseling Service.

Anxiety Toolbox Workshop

“Anxiety Toolbox” is a three-week, skills-based clinical workshop designed to provide support and skills aimed at addressing students who would like to learn ways be better to manage their anxiety symptoms. 

Location: University Counseling Service - Westlawn

  • Series 1: Feb 8, 15, 22, Thursdays 2-3 pm
  • Series 2: Mar 6, 20, 27, Wednesdays 4-5 pm
  • Series 3: April 12, 19, 26, Fridays 1-2 pm

Presented by University Counseling Service.

Connection and Resilience Workshop

The Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is offering a 6-week workshop based on Brené Brown's Connections Curriculum. The goal of this workshop is to assist students in examining the roles of shame, resilience and empathy and the impacts on how they view themselves and their relationships.

Date/Time: Fridays, Feb 16th – Mar 29th (except Spring Break), UCC 2390, Executive Boardroom

Presented by University Counseling Service.

Distress Tolerance Workshop

Distress tolerance is the ability to manage distressing emotions and effectively move through stressful situations in an effective manner. This is a DBT informed curriculum-driven series with structure and specific learning objectives and topics for each week.

Presented by University Counseling Service.

Mindfulness 101

In this workshop, students will be able to define mindfulness & mindfulness meditation practice, understand why it’s helpful, and learn new meditations to cope with stress.

Presented by UI Student Wellness.

Koru Mindfulness (4-week series)

Koru Mindfulness® is an evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management to college students and other young adults. The Koru Mindfulness program. Mondays at 7pm or Tuesdays at 6:30pm. To learn more or register, please visit our website.

  • is taught in four weekly 75-minute classes (a brief model to accommodate busy student schedules)
  • is structured with daily homework of a mindfulness log and 10 minutes of mindfulness practice
  • is taught in small groups

Presented by UI Student Wellness.

Taking Care: Tips & Tricks to Feel Well

Join Student Wellness and learn about ways to incorporate positive health behaviors into your daily routine.

Presented by UI Student Wellness.

Intuitive Eating Workshop

Do you want to feel better about your body and your relationship with food and exercise? Register for a free 4-week Intuitive Eating Workshop. Intuitive Eating focuses on creating a healthy relationship between the body, mind, food, and exercise – and moving away from dieting. Workshop is on Tuesdays at 7pm starting on February 6th. To learn more or register, please visit our website. 

Presented by UI Student Wellness.

Red Watch Band

Get FREE CPR/AED certification, alcohol bystander training. Over 1,800 students each year die on campuses across the country from preventable alcohol-related injuries. Be prepared to save a friend!

The Red Watch Band program is open to all UI students and aims to prevent alcohol poisoning deaths on our campus by providing knowledge, skills, and confidence to act in situations when every second counts. There will be 12 trainings at various times. To look at the full schedule or register, please visit our website.

Presented by UI Student Wellness.

Wellness Coaching

Want to overcome barriers and achieve your health and wellness-related goals? Work one-on-one with one of our staff wellness coaches. We take a positive approach to personal development, focusing on your strengths and encouraging you along the way. Appointments are free and in-person or virtual and can be scheduled in the evenings. To learn more or register, please visit our website.

Presented by UI Student Wellness.

Light Therapy

Light therapy is one way to help treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression associated with the lack of natural light during the winter months. Student Wellness offers students the ability to check out light boxes to try for free for one month. To learn more, please visit our website.

Presented by UI Student Wellness.

What is Student Disability Services (SDS)?

In this workshop you will learn more about SDS and what we do. You will learn about different types of disabilities; the application process; common accommodations; our academic support programs; and how we may be able to help you.

Presented by Student Disability Services.

Money Management: Budgeting and Financial Aid

This session will provide you with tools to begin budgeting as a college student and plan for future expenses. We will also cover basics of financial aid how to navigate the financial aid process.

Presented by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Please contact CLAS Undergraduate Programs, at clas-undergrad@uiowa.edu with any questions.


Undergraduate Academic Support & Tutoring Resources

Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Fraternity (AXS) The Chemistry Fraternity offers free private or small group tutoring upon request for undergraduate chemistry and STEM related courses. Location: Varies
Academic Resource Center (ARC)

Offers supplemental instruction in a number of gateway courses. SI sessions take place in the ARC (Academic Resource Center) unless noted. The ARC is located in the Ground Floor, IMU. ACR also offers tutoring referrals and other help.

Location: Ground Floor, Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Art Library

The Art Library offers a variety of services, both in-person and online.

Location: 235 Art Building West (ABW)
 
Center for Language and Culture Learning (CLCL)

The Center contains facilities for video production and editing, spaces for small group and collaborative work, an ITC lab with twenty-four computers, and a large lounge for studying, workshops, conversation hours, and tutoring sessions.

Location: 120 Phillips Hall (PH)
 
Chemistry Resource Center

TAs are available to assist students in their chemistry courses. Students also utilize the Chemistry Resource Center to prepare for exams, request help on homework, work on laboratory reports, and general study for chemistry.Graduate teaching assistants hold office hours for their courses in the Chemistry Resource Center. Other resources in the room include student computers, alternate textbooks, and modeling kits.

Location: E208 & W215 Chemistry Building (CB)
Computer Science Tutors Tutors for CS and their expertise in related courses. The website has tutors' names and telephone numbers. Location
History Teaching and Writing Center

Staffed by several graduate student advisors every semester, the History Writing Center is available to any student in a history course needing assistance with a writing assignment. 

Location: 303 Schaeffer Hall
 
Main Library

The UI Libraries offer a variety of services, both in-person and online. (Research Consultations and The SEAM: undergraduate research assistance is available online and in-person through Students Engage at Main

Location: 100 Main Library (LIB)
 
Mathematical Tutorial Laboratory

Individual drop‑in tutoring for students enrolled in MATH:0100 Basic Algebra I – MATH:3800 Elementary Numerical Analysis. The Department of Mathematics also maintains a list of private tutors who charge a fee.

Location: 125 MacLean Hall (MLH)

Nursing Educational Support Team (NEST) The NEST provides Supplemental Instruction and free peer-to-peer tutoring for University of Iowa Nursing and Nursing Interest students who plan to earn their nursing degree at Iowa. Please note that students must sign-up in order to participate in Supplemental Instruction due to space limitations (email valerie-garr@uiowa.edu), however, there is no sign-up required for virtual tutoring. Location
Physics and Astronomy Help Center All Physics and Astronomy students are welcome to attend at any time during the operating hours to get help with general questions.For additional assistance with coursework, students can meet with additional students in the Physics Lounge or meet with graduate students in the Physics and Astronomy Help Center. Location: Van Allen Hall (VAN) 
Rita Benton Music Library

The Rita Benton Music Library offers many services to students, both in-person and online.

Location: 1451A Voxman Music Building (VOX)
 
Sciences Library Contains collections for biology, chemistry, geoscience, physics, and psychology. Location: 104A Sciences Library (SL)
School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SJMC) Student Center

The Student Center, located in Room E350 Adler Journalism Building, is a place for students to study, relax between classes, work on group projects, check e-mail, do research, and browse key publications in the field of journalism and mass communications.

Location: E350 Adler Journalism Building (AJB)
Statistics Tutorial Lab Provides tutoring for students in STAT:1010 Statistics & Society, STAT:1020/PSQF:1020, Elementary Statistics & Inference, STAT:1030 Statistics for Business, and STAT:2020 Probability & Statistics for Engineering & Physical Sciences. Location: University Library Commons, Group Area E
Success in Rhetoric (SiR)

Free resource that helps you figure out how to be successful in your Rhetoric course.  You can drop-in for help with papers, speeches, projects, reading assignments, or anything else related to RHET:1030, RHET:1040, or RHET:1060. No appointment necessary!

Location: Virtual and 108 EPB
Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Offered for a variety of courses to help you succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.

Location: ARC-Ground Floor, Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Tippie Academic Support and Tutoring

TA Help Labs: Visit your course ICON site for more information.Offered for a variety of courses.

LocationW326 PBB
TRIO Student Support Services

Serves students who have a demonstrated academic need and are first-generation, low-income, or have a verified disability. TRIO students may request free tutoring.

Location: 2750 University Capitol Center (UCC) Upper Level
Tutor Iowa

Several campus resources for a variety of academic areas Tutor Iowa is a central location to review a list of campus help labs, supplemental instruction (SI), and private tutors. Private tutors listed have completed Tutor Iowa Orientation and who meet the required GPA and other standards; these tutors do charge a fee.

Location: Varies
Writing Center

Students may register for weekly meetings before the start of the semester; students also may make an appointment for in-person help or receive online feedback.The Writing Center provides feedback on any kind of writing, from course assignments, personal statements, and cover letters to creative pieces, theses, and dissertations. 

Location: 110 EPB and online

 

Other Campus Resources

Academic Advising Center The Academic Advising Center strives to help each student make a successful transition to the University, explore their interests and possibilities, develop an appropriate academic plan, and engage in educationally meaningful experiences. We do this through one-on-one advising and by advocating and developing programs, policies and procedures that create an environment that supports student success.

Location: C210 Pomerantz Center
Phone: 319-353-5700
Email: advising-center@uiowa.edu

CLAS Undergraduate Programs (CLAS UP)

CLAS Undergraduate Programs is here to answer your questions about college policies, help you solve academic problems, and understand how to meet graduation requirements. We’ll be with you every step of the way to understand your interests and goals, help you explore majors and courses, and graduate.

Location: 120 Schaeffer Hall
Phone: 319-335-2633 Appointment request for students
Email: clas-undergrad@uiowa.edu
Center for Inclusive Academic Excellence

We offer programs to enhance the cultural, social, and academic experiences of students. The programs have the goal of building community, celebrating cultures, and educating students on various topics.

Location: 2750 UCC
Phone: 319-335 3555. 
E-mail: ddei-ciae@uiowa.edu
Kognito Kognito is an online, interactive role-play simulation program for students, faculty, and staff that prepares users to lead real-life conversations with fellow students and colleagues who are in distress and how to connect them with the support they need. Location: online
Mental Health at Iowa Information about campus mental health resources, student support services, 24/7 support line, suicide prevention, and Collegiate Recovery Program.  
Mentoring at Iowa This website provides resources to help mentors and mentees make the most out of the mentorship experience.  
Office of Institutional Equity (OIE)  Coordinates the university's response to reports of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking when those reports involve members of or visitors to the university community. Call or visit the web page to report or to confer. Title IX and Gender Equity Unit
Location:455 Van Allen Hall
Phone: 319-335-0705
E-mail: oie-tixge@uiowa.edu
Pomerantz Career Center

The centralized and comprehensive services we provide are focused on the areas of Career Coaching, Leadership and Career-related Academic Courses, Experiential Education, and Campus Recruiting. From their first semester in college through the year after they graduate, students can take advantage of extensive services, both in person and online. Likewise employers work with a team of staff members who assist them in recruiting well prepared students for internships and full-time positions.

Location: C310 Pomerantz Center, (319) 335 1023. 
E-mail: careercenter@uiowa.edu 
Student-Athlete Academic Services

Academic Services staff assists student-athletes with making timely and satisfactory progress toward their degrees. This can include, but is not limited to, academic advisement, tutorial and instructional support as well as educational programming.

Location: Gerdin Athletic Learning Center, 402 Melrose Ave.
Student Disability Services (SDS)

Student Disability Services (SDS) serves the University of Iowa’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by providing support and academic accommodations for students with disabilities. SDS collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to create an accessible educational environment for all.

Location:141 University Capitol Centre

Phone: 319-335 1462 
E-mail: sds-info@uiowa.edu

Student Financial Aid (OSFA)

The University of Iowa offers an affordable first-rate education. The Office of Student Financial Aid is here to assist you with the costs of your educational investment. Our committed team of professionals works in partnership with you, providing information on available options and assisting you with the financial aid process.

Location: 2400 UCC
Phone: 319-335-1450
E-mail:

Financial Aid Office: 

financial-aid@uiowa.edu

Satisfactory Academic Progress: 

finaid-sap@uiowa.edu

Work-Study:

 finaid-workstudy@uiowa.edu

Student Health

We provide care to registered UI students, just like you would receive from your hometown healthcare provider, but we are experts in the care of college students!.We are staffed with MDs who are board-certified in family medicine, gynecology, and psychiatry.  We also have certified physician assistants on staff.

Location: 4189 Westlawn South
Appointments: Call us at 319-335-8394 to make an appointment 
E-mail: student-health@uiowa.edu  
Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services provides legal advice and representation from licensed attorneys for currently enrolled University of Iowa Students. The services are free and confidential. Students contact SLS for assistance with landlord-tenant issues, criminal charges, traffic tickets, name changes, expungement, notarization of documents and more.  

 

Location:G115 Iowa Memorial Union
Phone: 319-335-3276
Email: student-legal@uiowa.edu
Student Wellness

We offer appointments, group workshops, events and other programming for students on nutrition, fitness, stress management, alcohol and drugs, tobacco/e-cigarettes, sexual health and sleep.

Location: 4189 Westlawn South and 309 S. Madison Street
Appointments: Click link here 
Study Abroad

International experiences can help you enhance your degree, stand out to employers, and transform you into a global citizen.

University of Iowa Study Abroad is excited to help you plan and execute your international experience! Once you're ready, our expert team of advisors can walk you through each step of the way, from deciding which programs can help you advance your degree to funding opportunities, and more.

Location:1111 University Capitol Centre
Phone: 319-353-2700
Email: study-abroad@uiowa.edu

University Counseling Service (UCS)

The University Counseling Service (UCS) is the University of Iowa’s primary mental health service provider for university students. UCS has an inter-disciplinary multicultural staff of psychologists, social workers, graduate interns, practicum students, and administrative professionals. Our training and interests span a broad range of counseling approaches. 

Location: 3223 Westlawn South
Appointments: Click Link Here 
E-mail: ucs@uiowa.edu