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Academic Support

THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

The College of Arts and Science's Office of Undergraduate Education is here to assist you with administrative matters related to studying in A&S. Contact the office at (615) 343-3148  or arts-sci-records@vanderbilt.edu.

ACADEMIC SKILLS COACHING

The Center for Student Wellbeing (CSW) is offering online Academic Skills Coaching for the 2020-2021 academic year. The transition to remote learning is challenging for many students, and the CSW can help you handle it successfully. They’ve also created topical workshops to help you cope with stress in a healthy way and maintain academic success during this difficult period.

Center for Second Language Studies

The Center for Second Language Studies (CSLS), housed within A&S, is located in Furman Hall. The center supports undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in studying and teaching languages other than English. For undergraduates, the center offers:

  • Placement testing for Vanderbilt French, German, and Spanish language classes*
  • Individual tutoring and regular conversation hours in Arabic, Chinese, Creole, French, German, Hindi-Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish
  • A newly renovated student lounge with board games, TV shows, and other resources for practicing your language skills in fun and everyday contexts
  • Special events, such as game nights and cultural discussions, to enrich language study

Visit the CSLS website for more information about event dates and times, drop-in hours, and tutoring.

*CSLS placement testing is for students who wish to study a language at Vanderbilt and need to determine their enrollment course level. Students who wish to test out of the AXLE language proficiency requirement should visit CASPAR's Foreign Language Placement and Proficiency page for more information.

LIBRARIES

The Heard Libraries house nearly 5 million volumes in their nine campus libraries. Most materials are shelved in open stacks and are available to students and faculty through the libraries’ online catalog. The Heard Libraries website also provides access to millions more online resources, including full-text journals, indexes, and other research resources, and is accessible remotely via the campus network and from workstations in each library.

Some of the specialized resources of the Heard Libraries include:

Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center

Sarah Shannon Stevenson Science & Engineering Library

Subject Librarians

Special Collections and University Archives

STUDENT ACCESS SERVICES

Student Access  helps ensure reasonable accommodations, both in and out of the classroom, for students with diagnosed disabilities who have substantial limitations. Accommodations are available for both permanent and temporary disabilities . Visit their website for more information.

TUTORING

At Vanderbilt Tutoring Services, you can meet individually with a talented staff of tutors who will help you enhance your academic performance through the power of collaborative learning. A number of departments offer drop-in learning support services such as  Help Desks  and  Tutored Study Halls . Services typically run on a generous schedule and cultivate a group study atmosphere.  Drop-in STEM Tutoring is offered by the School of Engineering and is open to all students taking STEM-based classes. Subject-specific tutoring is offered for: biological sciences, chemistry, economics, foreign languagesmathematics, and physics.

THE WRITING STUDIO

The Writing Studio fosters conversation, collaboration, and critical reflection on writing. Open to all members of Vanderbilt’s scholarly community, the Studio provides opportunities to receive constructive feedback from trained consultants and to develop strategies for all stages of the writing process.