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McGraw Study Hall @Frist

McGraw's study hall offers free group tutoring, no appointments are necessary, in introductory chemistry, economics, mathematics, and physics courses, as well as for statistics courses in Economics (202), Politics (345) and ORFE (245) Sunday through Wednesday evenings 7:30-10:30 PM on the third floor of the Frist Campus Center (come to room #330)

Led by experienced, trained undergraduate tutors, these highly interactive tutoring sessions are designed to help students enhance their problem-solving skills and strategies so that they can apply them independently and flexibly to tackle the types of challenging problems students encounter on Princeton-level exams. Students develop these skills by collaboratively working on problem sets and talking through the concepts underlying them. Tutors and McGraw Graduate Fellows also help students to learn more from problem sets and can give advice about how to learn from the course textbook, lectures and precepts.

Valedictorian David Karp ‘10 explained that much of his academic success was due to working with friends and classmates in study groups, and we hope these groups will teach you not only immediately-applicable problem-solving strategies, but also how to run an effective peer-based study group in any quantitative courses you may take in future years.


Getting the Most out of Study Hall Group Tutoring

  • Sign in to the Study Hall as soon as you arrive.  At the end of Study Hall, you will sign out and give some feedback about your tutoring session.

  • Work toward mastering concepts and skills rather than focusing on obtaining the answers to specific questions.  Tutors are available to guide you in this process.

  • Study your textbook and notes thoroughly and attempt the assigned problems before you go for tutoring. This approximates quiz/exam conditions and better prepares you for test conditions.

  • Try to identify specific questions or concepts you need to address during the tutoring session. Keep track of the answers you get by writing them down, don’t just rely on your memory.

  • Expect the tutors to ask you questions about the material!  They do this to find out what you understand, and to provide you with information and strategies tailored to your needs. Research on learning shows that explaining what you know and talking through your approach is more valuable than hearing an explanation from a tutor.

  • Study Hall is a group tutoring format, so you will be expected—and prompted—to work with peers. You should definitely work independently as well, but working collaboratively offers unique opportunities to learn from others and check your understanding of concepts, techniques and specific problems Come prepared and use the group setting to achieve the mastery Princeton exams demand.

  • Try to avoid waiting until the day before an assignment is due to seek tutoring. Many students use Study Hall to check their answers and build on their understanding AFTER completing problem sets on their own. Spend a few hours each day keeping up with your assignments; it is easier to keep up than to catch up!

  • Use other resources such as the instructor’s office hours, the AI’s office hours, course review sessions, McGraw Learning Consultations and workshops, and, if needed, peer tutoring. Reputable on-line resources can supplement course materials as well—ask your tutor or instructor.

  • Virtually every student will be challenged by Princeton coursework; this is by design and is not an indication of a lack of ability. Everyone needs to increase their knowledge, and, especially, their strategies for learning and problem-solving to meet Princeton standards. Maintain a good attitude about the subject and your potential to excel.  A positive attitude, combined with willingness to seek appropriate help and exercising solid work habits, will do much to determine how well you do in a course.