CETL—For Undergraduate Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions in CETL. If we are unable to answer your question with this page, please contact us at (585) 275-9049 or stop by in Dewey 1-154.

What is the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)?

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is a resource for both students and faculty in the College, providing a range of programs to enhance both instructional practices and approaches to study. Formerly known as Learning Assistance Services (LAS), CETL has now added services for instructors and graduate students in the College. All of the LAS programs for students have been incorporated within CETL.

What services are available at CETL for students?

If you are a student in the College, either undergraduate or graduate, you are welcome to be a part of our confidential study skills counseling program and/or our study skills course (CAS 142, Methods of Inquiry). We also provide a range of course-specific study groups, and CETL partners with academic departments to provide the Workshop program, which consists of collaborative problem-solving groups for a wide range of courses.

How do I set up an appointment at CETL?

There are a number of ways to do this:

Phone: 585-275-9049

Email: cetl@rochester.edu

In person: 1-154 Dewey Hall

Are my study skills appointments at CETL confidential?

Absolutely. Our policy is to maintain the confidentiality of all our study skills consultations with students.

How long does each study skills appointment last?

Each individual appointment lasts about an hour. Occasionally, students meet with us for a single study skills appointment; more commonly, our work together takes place across a number of conversations.

What can I expect from a study skills appointment at CETL?

We usually begin by just getting to know you! You may have a particular study problem that you would like help in solving, or you may just wish to find out if there are more optimal ways to go about learning. Either way, we would be happy to talk with you.

How much do study skills appointments cost?

All study skills appointments are free of charge.

Disability Support

What kind of disabilities receive support through CETL?

Disabilities such as Attention Deficit Disorder and other learning disabilities, as well as impairments of visual, hearing, and motor skills are the types of challenges that receive support through CETL. Challenges relating to chronic illnesses and emotional disabilities are also recognized and provided for through CETL, as they relate to classroom accommodations. If you are unsure if your specific concerns apply, please do not hesitate to contact CETL for clarification or assistance.

What kind of support in addition to classroom accommodations is available through the Disability Coordinator?

Students are welcome to meet with the Disability Support Coordinator to discuss general concerns, weekly and daily challenges, and also to strategize for future success. The role of the Disability Support Coordinator is to help even the playing field for all students with disabilities in the classroom during their time here at the University of Rochester.

Study Groups

How do I sign up for a study group?

Go to the Study Groups page and fill out an online intake application.

How many students are there usually in a study group?

There are anywhere from a single student to as many as fifteen in any given study group.

What if I need a study group for a course that there isn't one for?

If you request CETL to start up a new SG fairly early in the semester, recruit a few classmates to sign up and we will do our best to establish a group for you. If it is later in the semester, it might be harder to start a new SG, though not impossible.

Why should I sign up for a study group?

Study groups are a great way to affirm for yourself that you really do know what you think you know. There is no such thing as a "silly question" in a study group. It is a comfortable place to learn from a student who has taken the same course recently enough to remember where you might need guidance.

Study Skills

How often can I meet with a study skills counselor?

You may meet with a study skills counselor for a one-time trouble-shooting session or on a continuing basis. You will decide this together with your counselor.

Is study skills counseling only for people who are doing poorly?

No. We see students who are on the Dean's List, as well as students who are on academic probation. The determining factor isn't simply whether or you're doing well academically; it's whether you feel you could be getting more from your studies or using your time more effectively.

What is "study skills counseling"?

Study skills counseling is a confidential service provided by CETL. It involves individual discussion with a counselor about ways to improve your academic performance and efficiency.

What topics does "study skills" include?

Lots! Your study skills counselor would be happy to talk to you about everything from comprehensive issues like finding and maintaining motivation, time management, stress management, or determining and making use of your most successful learning styles, or more specific ones like taking better notes, increasing reading comprehension, or handling multiple choice questions more successfully. If you have a concern and wonder whether we might help, just give us a call at 275-9049.