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Undergraduate Students

Study Skills

The Study Skills appointment calendar is currently closed and we are working with the Dean's office on how to provide appointments for the Fall 2020 semester.  Appointments will be available either in person, remotely or a combination of both.  All study skills appointments will be held, confidentially, with a study skills consultant. Please check back in August for further information.

There are four main ways to get study skills help:

Email with any questions or concerns.

Watch our remote learning videos part one and part two then visit our Guide to Mastering Remote Learning page to learn more about how to be successful this spring 2020 semester.

Zoom One-On-One Study Skills Support

Our confidential study skills support offers you individual discussions with a consultant who will help you improve your academic performance and efficiency. Your consultant will meet with you, discuss your concerns, and help you discover learning techniques that will enable you to enhance your overall academic performance.

All appointments with study skills consultants are free, and you may meet with them for a one-time troubleshooting session or on a regular basis during the fall and spring semesters. The calendar is currently closed to applications and will reopen in the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester for appointments. 

  1. Visit WC online to set up a time to meet with a consultant. For guidance, please read our instructional guide (PDF).
    1. If you are looking for a same day/drop in appointment, please email and a Study Skills Consultant will set you up with a Zoom session if they are free.
  2. Receive confirmation from your Study Skills Consultant regarding your Zoom session. Please consult our guide (PDF) on general Zoom sessions.
  3. For any questions/concerns, email

All three study skills consultants have experience working with a diverse group of students who seek to meet the demands of time management, organization, exam preparation and more.

Meet our Consultants

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 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.

Ashley Joseph

Ashley Joseph

Ashley is a second-year materials science master’s student at the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She is from Brooklyn, New York and, prior to her time at the University of Rochester, she attended and received her BA in chemistry from SUNY Geneseo. At Geneseo, she participated in several student services within the Department of Chemistry, AOP (access opportunity program), and residential life. Currently she is working towards her thesis with the Matson Group and is also a chemistry study group leader with the Kearns Center.


Study Skills Course - CASC 142: Methods of Inquiry

In addition to individual sessions, study skills consultants teach CASC 142: Methods of Inquiry, each semester. This course focuses on issues that are relevant to learning effectively, such as time management, stress, test-taking strategies, and motivation.

This is a workshop-style class in which students are required to submit a number of short assignments and a short final essay. Students will also be asked to give an in-class presentation at the end of the course.

FALL 2020 CASC 142: Methods of Inquiry

  • CASC 142-1 (Mondays, September 14 - November 30)
  • CASC 142-2 (Thursdays, September 20 - December 3)
  • CASC 142-3 (Fridays, September 25 - December 4)

For more information about the course, please email us at or at or you can call us at (585) 275-9049.

Request a Workshop

Our study skills consulting team works with groups on campus to run workshops for students regarding test taking anxiety, study skills preparation, and time management. To submit your workshop request please submit the CETL Study Skills Workshop Request Form.

A study skills consultant will reach out to you to set up a pre-workshop meeting with you (as the workshop requester) to discuss the format of your workshop and solidify a day and time with regard to your request.

Study Skills Printable Resources

These 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.

Study resources:

Time management worksheets: