UM Resources

Comprehensive Studies Program


Sweetland: Peer Tutoring Center & Writing Workshop

Sweetland peer tutors are trained upper-level undergraduates who assist fellow undergraduates of all skill levels at any stage of the writing process, including brainstorming ideas for papers. The peer tutors, one of the most valuable academic resources for undergraduates at U of M, work in Angell Hall during the summer. In the fall and winter, they work in Angell Hall as well as in several satellite locations. See for hours and locations. Note that all peer tutoring locations operate on a walk-in basis, so you should just visit one of the locations above during regular hours to work with a tutor.


“The Writing Workshop at the Sweetland Center for Writing aims to help students become more confident, skilled, and knowledgeable about writing and the subjects they write about. This free consultation service provides students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Sweetland instructor.” Appointments must be made online and generally book up about a week in advance, so planning ahead is essential with this resource. You may not consult with a Writing Workshop instructor on any work for WRITING100, but you are welcome to bring writing from any other course.

English Language Institute Conversation Circles

This program, sponsored by the English Language Institute (ELI), encourages cultural exchange and provides non-native students with opportunities for language practice. From the website: “In each conversation circle, a small group of non-native speakers of English (up to 6 people) are paired with a native-English-speaking volunteer, for a weekly hour-long conversation practice. Participants browse the list of conversation circles, and can then choose to join the group with the most convenient meeting time and/or with the leader who interests them the most. Groups often meet at coffee shops or restaurants, explore Ann Arbor together, play games or sports together, or simply sit outside for a casual chat. The emphasis is on day-to-day, informal communication (including slang and idioms), and becoming comfortable not just with English, but with U of M and American life in general.”

 Math Lab

Located at B860 East Hall, Math Lab is a free walk-in tutoring service for students enrolled in math courses numbered through 217. Assistance with other math courses is not guaranteed, though tutors will make an effort to help any student seeking math help.


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS is committed to creating an environment based on our values of multicultural, multi-disciplinary and multi-theoretical practices that allow our diverse student body to access care, receive high quality services and take positive pathways to mental health. We also strive to find creative ways of reaching out to students and the UM community to nurture and develop a proactive, renewed sense of engagement throughout the campus.

Academic Advising

The Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center challenges students to think about their education in the broadest possible terms, and to take initiative in shaping that education as they prepare to engage with a diverse world. Through individual conversations, publications, online resources, and programs, our advisors foster the personal, ethical, and intellectual growth of students, helping them develop their academic and professional goals, make informed decisions, and act with increasing independence.


Instructional Support Services

ISS Media Center is staffed with people available to assist students needing help with tech-related class projects, including video and audio projects. Check out their blog for information how to get help, and also check out their list of workshops.

Reference Librarians at Shapiro Library

The Shapiro Library reference librarians are happy to work with individual students or small groups to help with research projects. This service requires an appointment that must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Duderstadt Center

Located on North Campus, the Duderstadt Center houses the Digital Media Commons, which offers free introductory-level workshops to students interested in multimedia technology. These workshops are great opportunities to explore tech-related interests. See the link above for a list of workshops with descriptions and information about how to sign up.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a wonderful college experience, and U of M has a number of resources for students considering this option, including help finding financial assistance. Visit the website above to begin considering the possibilities and make an appointment with an advisor to discuss your options.

Career Center

The Career Center offers excellent services to help students explore not just career options but also what different majors may be connected to what careers. If a paper is making you think about your career choices, maybe it’s a good time to visit the Career Center. To see a career counselor, an appointment is required; call 734-764-7460.

Ginsberg Center

The Ginsberg Center provides workshops and advising for students interested in community service and social action. Visit the website above to explore the opportunities available through the Ginsberg Center.

Wellness Zone

This excellent resource is located in the Union in room 3100. Visit it and bring along a friend! From the website: “The Wellness Zone is a self-service resource to maximize emotional wellness and well-being. Wellness approaches available include yoga and meditation tools, massage chairs, Xbox Kinect system, biofeedback software, and seasonal affective disorder light therapy. The Wellness Zone is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and until 5 p.m. Fridays during Fall and Winter terms and 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m. during Spring/Summer terms.”

Time and Stress Management

If you are having trouble managing work for your courses from a time or stress angle, a counselor can offer valuable advice and strategies for getting a handle on things. An appointment is required; call 734-764-8312.

Arts Events

If you are interested in the arts, find a lecture, exhibit, or workshop to attend. The Arts at Michigan link above has listings for music, architecture, literary arts, visual arts, theater, film, and dance.

Student Clubs

The link above will lead you to a long list of student clubs at U of M. Co-curricular activities like these are known to be an important part of students’ experiences at college; pick a club that interests you and attend a meeting!

Recreational Sports

Whether you are interested in playing team sports like basketball or soccer, or like outdoor adventures such as rock climbing or kayaking, rec sports has a club, team, or trip for you.

Fall and winter terms only:

WRITING100 Peer Workshops

Several times throughout the semester, Sweetland peer tutors will offer 1-hour workshops on different writing-related topics (such as, “writing introductions and conclusions,” “integrating sources into your papers”). These workshops require participation from students who attend and will be capped at 20 students per workshop.

Tech Deck

The Tech Deck works with individual students and small groups to help with “media-rich” class projects. Students wanting to go the extra mile with their e-portfolios will find this a valuable resource.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

From the website: “The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program offers several different programs throughout the Academic Year designed to assist University of Michigan undergraduate students on the Ann Arbor campus to discover the world of research through collaborations with U-M researchers. Students participating in the program are called research assistants and work alongside a faculty member, research scientist or professional practitioner on an ongoing or new research project.” Consult with an advisor about this opportunity.

English Language Institute Speaking Clinics

The Speaking Clinic gives non-native students an opportunity to work on improving their spoken English in individual or small group settings. No academic credit is earned through Speaking Clinics; instead, they offer short-term coaching on specific English speaking goals.

How I Write Series

Each installment of this series “features two or three speakers discussing their stories, frustrations, and triumphs of the writing process.” Come be inspired by the stories of experienced writers in a range of fields, and share your own! Snacks are provided, too!


English Language Institute Writing Clinics

Like Writing Workshop, but staffed by faculty trained specifically to work with non-native students. You may consult with an ELI specialist on work for any course, including WRITING100. This is an extremely valuable resource for international students.