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.

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Apply to be an undergraduate ASP Mentor in 2022-2023

Join next year’s Academic Strategies Mentor team! Mentors work on average 4 hours per week leading workshops, providing individual consultations, and meeting with small groups. To qualify, students need to have completed at least 3 semesters at Yale by Fall 2022 (or 2 semesters for Eli Whitney and transfer students). For more information, see https://poorvucenter.yale.edu/employment-opportunities/academic-strategies-mentor. To apply for this paid position, fill out this online application: 2022-2023 Academic Strategies Mentor Application. Deadline March 7; finalist interviews after Spring Break.

Attention seniors: Apply for the Academic Strategies Woodbridge Fellowship

We are seeking a full-time Woodbridge Fellow for July 2022-June 2023 to assist Academic Strategies in three crucial areas: Communications, Data Analysis, and STEM programming support. For more information and to apply, visit this site: https://secretary.yale.edu/services-resources/woodbridge-fellowship. An information session about the Woodbridge Fellows program will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 12-1 pm (see website for details). Questions about the ASP Woodbridge Fellow position? Contact Karin Gosselink, Academic Strategies Director, at karin.gosselink@yale.edu. Deadline to apply is February 28.

Multiple positions for graduate students: Apply to become a Graduate Lead Mentor

Academic Strategies seeks to hire up to eight graduate students in a variety of disciplines as Graduate Lead Mentors. Starting in March 2022 and running through May 2023, the position entails 3-6 hours of work per week and pays $23.50/hr. This position offers a great opportunity to build your teaching and mentoring skills while further developing and putting into action DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging) best practices. To learn more and apply, click on this link: 2022-2023 Academic Strategies Graduate Lead Mentor ApplicationDeadline to apply is February 28.

Senior Thesis Peer Groups

**Sign-ups for for Senior Thesis Peer Groups for Spring 2022 are now open!**

Academic Strategies Senior Thesis Peer Groups will meet regularly throughout the semester to share strategies, support, solidarity, and accountability in the development and writing of the senior thesis. This semester, we will begin our meetings the week of February 7, 2022. 

The sessions will be facilitated by an Academic Strategies Peer Mentor, and will offer a combination of group work time (with the support of a Writing Partner during some weeks), group discussion time (a collective sharing of ideas, experiences, current challenges), and advice on working through this process from the earliest stages to the end, in a curriculum developed in part by Yale students in response to their own experiences here, with the support of faculty members, librarians, and other staff.
If you would like to be placed into a group, please fill out this form!

Workshop Calendar

Talk with a peer mentor about evidence-based strategies for getting through the first two weeks of online learning, and then transitioning back to in-person! See the links below for our spring calendar.

Senior Thesis Peer Groups, Spring Semester
To learn more and sign up to participate, click  here!

Disability Peer Mentor Program 
In collaboration with Disability Empowerment at Yale (DEFY), the Disability Peer Mentor Program aims to pair students with peers of similar backgrounds to create networks of support for people with disabilities at Yale. We support students with a wide range of disabilities, including physical disabilities, chronic illness, and conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia, and anxiety. To learn more about our support for students with disabilities and to request a mentor, visit this page: Disability Peer Mentor Program.

Helpful Links

Workshop Schedule for Semester

Workshops Organized by Topic

How to do Yale: Some Advice

For FGLI Students

For First-Year Students

For Students Experiencing Broader Learning Challenges

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