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Using Academic Resources

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Stanford offers a variety of resources dedicated to your academic success, social connection, and well-being. The willingness to explore resources and ask for help will maximize your ability to learn and thrive. 

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Using academic resources allows you to

  • Connect with peers, mentors, staff, faculty and alumni and build a network of support 
  • Create and manage an academic plan 
  • Empower yourself with information and support
  • Proactively address concerns or issues
  • Learn more about the university’s offerings and get involved in new activities

Questions for Reflection

  • What is your academic plan? Identify your goals and targeted milestones. What supports or tools do you need to have in place to execute your plan?
  • Are you familiar with the available resources at Stanford?
  • What types of academic services are most valuable to your learning experience?
  • What areas related to your learning do you feel need more support or growth?
  • Aside from your degree, what other experiences or opportunities do you hope to gain or take away from your time at Stanford?
  • What do you think would enhance your learning experience at Stanford?
  • Do you find it difficult to seek resources and ask for help? What small steps can you take to build this skill? 

Basic Strategies to Try

  • Review the campus materials from orientation or other student programs to identify relevant resources. 
  • Ask your peers or mentors for helpful campus resources or communities.
  • Meet with your Academic Advisor or Resident Director to identify useful campus resources.
  • Check out the Stanford Event Calendar for upcoming campus events. It can be sorted and filtered by date, organization, subject, and type.
  • Make the most of your teaching team’s time and knowledge. Add their office hours and other discussions or tutorial sessions to your schedule. Plan out time to attend class office hours and meet with the professor, instructor, or TA; come prepared with questions. Check your course syllabi, or ask the teaching teams for additional resources.
  • Explore the website for your major or program of interest for student resources.
  • Participate in student discussion forums and look for recommendations and resources. 
  • Create a personalized spreadsheet or document and list all relevant resources with their details (website, location, email addresses, contact names, etc.) for quick reference. Take notes about specific contacts you make and any necessary tasks you need to complete.
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Questions about how to implement these strategies? Email your question to us or attend one of our drop-in sessions.