Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Academic Strategies Program

Welcome to the Academic Strategies Program!


We help students learn how to navigate the “hidden curriculum” of Yale–that invisible set of underlying assumptions and expectations about how to do well as a student that are implicitly embedded in Yale’s culture and are not taught in the classroom. By becoming aware of these implicit cultural-academic norms, students become empowered to take a new and more active kind of ownership over their own academic choices, and ultimately, to get the most out of their academic experience, no matter who they are or where they are in their educational journey. 

We give students the tools to do this through 1-1 mentoring sessions, group mentoring sessions, and interactive workshops with our amazing team of peer mentors.

Want to make an appointment? Email us anytime at academicstrategies@yale.edu!
We work with all students. See our menu to the left for links to our different kinds of support.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter by registering with us on YaleConnect:  https://yaleconnect.yale.edu/PoorvuAcademicStrategies/club_signup

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Want to pay it forward? Join our community of mentors by applying to become an Academic Strategies Mentor.

Mentors fulfill a variety of roles, including leading workshops and conducting 1-1 consultations; helping students navigate STEM, arts & humanities, and social sciences through targeted programming and mentoring; leading our FGLI first-year and sophomore peer mentorship groups; mentoring new Eli Whitney and transfer students; and introducing students to assistive technologies to help make their academic work more efficient.

New mentors start at $18.50/hour and work 4-6 hours per week, including paid training, monthly staff meetings, and opportunities to collaborate with other mentors. Applicants need to have attended Yale for at least 3 semesters by Fall 2023 (2 semesters for Eli Whitney and Transfer students). 

Deadline to apply is Friday, February 17 @ 5 pm. To apply, click here: 2023-2024 Academic Strategies Undergrad Mentor Application.

Want to learn more? Join us for our applicant open house on Wedensday, February 8 from 4:30-5:30 pm, Poorvu CTL 120C.

To learn more about the Academic Strategies Program, visit our Yale Connect page: https://yaleconnect.yale.edu/click?linkid=7c0f3ab7-4ed7-4cf0-af9b-09735f386b8e  

Our workshops begin on Tuesday, January 17.  A full list of workshops and sign ups is available on our Yale Connect site

1-1 Peer Mentoring 
Our 1-1 Peer Mentoring schedule goes live on Monday, January 30. If you’d like to request a meeting with a mentor before then, please contact us at academicstrategies@yale.edu.

Senior Thesis Power Hours
Visit our Senior Thesis Power Hours to receive advice, snacks, and community support while working on your thesis.

Arts and Humanities Fridays continues this semester with our four workshops:

  • How to Study the Arts at Yale
  • How to Study the Humanities at Yale
  • Wait–Someone Will Pay Me to Do That?!
  • How to Break it to Your Parents that You Want to Study the Arts and Humanities

STEM Navigators continues this semester with our varied programming:

  • Study halls
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Workshops to help you navigate STEM at Yale!

NEW this semester!

**Workshops on how to use Assistive Technology
–Assistive technologies can be invaluable to all students, inclusive of ability, neurodiversity, and background. The technology discussed in these workshop will help you figure out how YOU learn best, and can give you new ways to give yourself the best educational experience possible. Coming soon!

**Look out for a special, all-afternoon event on studying languages at Yale: there will be a Language Tasting (micro-demonstrations of different languages taught at Yale), along with treasure hunts, prizes, and food.
Save the date: Friday, April 14th, 2:30pm-5:00pm, plus feasting from 5pm-6pm. You won’t want to miss this. More details forthcoming!

**Keep an eye out for our new Speaking Fundamentals series, which will be coming out in the later part of the semester.
–In this series, we break down speaking skills of many kinds, from the traditional oral presentation to the complexity of participating in a seminar discussion. 


Questions? We’d love to be in touch with you! Just send a message to academicstrategies@yale.edu.
You can also follow us atASP Facebook GroupASP Instagram (@academicstrategies)