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Graduate Students

Support for Learning

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers study skills support to graduate students in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (AS&E), the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Simon Business School, and the Warner School of Education.

Graduate students who are taking AS&E undergraduate courses may also benefit from CETL's student support services. Visit the CETL study groups page and tutoring services page. CETL does not provide services to medical residents.

One-On-One Study Skills Support

Our study skills consultants offer free, confidential, individual meetings. Your consultant will discuss your concerns and then help you select and implement learning and self-management techniques to improve your academic performance and efficiency. Support areas include:

  • Exam preparation (including comprehensive and standardized exams)
  • Reading strategies (including reading for discussion)
  • Note-taking strategies
  • Time management, organization, and goal-setting
  • Adjustment strategies for academic life in graduate school

Study skills consultants offer both one-time troubleshooting sessions and regular standing appointments. All appointments have moved to a virtual platform via Zoom. To make an appointment, please email CETL at We will set you up with a time and give you guidance on how to connect with your consultant via Zoom.

All of CETL’s study skills consultants have experience working with a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Meet our consultants:

About Our Consultants
Picture of Ali Safivand
Ali Safivand
Ali Safivand has experience teaching and consulting with undergraduate students abroad and here at the University of Rochester for many years. Before coming to Rochester in 2012, he was full-time faculty in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) abroad. Ali has been working as a Study Skills Consultant and instructor at CETL since 2014. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the Warner School of Education and Human Development in Teaching and Curriculum working on his dissertation.
Weijia Li
Weijia Li
Weijia is a third-year doctoral student in Teaching and Curriculum at the Warner School of Education. Prior to coming to Warner, Weijia was a Lecturer in ESL at several colleges in NJ including Rutgers and Bergen County College. She also received Master Degrees from both Rutgers and The College of New Jersey. Before coming to the U.S., she received her BA in English from Hunan University in China.
Robin Frye
Robin has a PhD in developmental psychology. She directs CETL’s study skills and tutoring programs and teaches Arts, Sciences and Engineering courses in the College Workshop Program. She has been consulting with graduate and undergraduate students on study-related topics since 2011. Currently, she largely supports SMD students.

One-time Workshops

Study skills consultants also offer one-time workshops on a number of topics. We will work with you to tailor the workshop to meet the needs of your student population. Common workshop topics for graduate students include:

  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Work-life balance
  • Academic support system development
  • Graduate school transition

To request a workshop, complete and submit the Study Skills Workshop Request Form two weeks in advance of your requested workshop date.

Study Skills Printable Resources

These time management worksheets are a small sample of the many different resources we can provide you during an appointment. Please make an appointment to review these worksheets and learn how to use them most effectively.