Academic Skills Building
In addition to the Career and Academic Resource Center's video archive and free live webinars, the following study skills services are available to registered Harvard Extension School students.
Online Study Skills Tools
You can access the Career and Academic Resource Center site to take:
- Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) to obtain an assessment of your current study skills and habits.
- Becoming a Strategic Learner, a longer set of modules that teach you proven study skills techniques that can help ensure strong academic performance.
Both tools have been created after extensive research, development, and testing.
Harvard Extension Ready
Has it been a few years since you were in a classroom? Harvard Extension Ready is a series of free online lessons on core writing and math skills. In this free prep tool, you'll have the opportunity to:
- Learn about us from faculty and students
- Develop a plan for success
- Refresh your writing skills
- Revisit key math concepts
Online Writing Resources
The Harvard College Writing Program provides a number of writing resources. Sources include HarvardWrites, where Harvard faculty talk about academic writing, handouts on various aspects of the essay writing process (e.g., developing a thesis, tips on grammar, conclusions), and discipline-specific writing guides (e.g., brief guide to writing the history paper, brief guide to writing the psychology paper, and a guide to philosophical writing).
Reading and Study Strategies Resources
Strategic Reader is a new, online and self-paced version of the live Reading and Study Strategies course. It was developed after years of research and partnership with Pearson Education. Visit the CARC Resources page to learn more about how to access this new online course as a Harvard Extension student.
We also recommend contacting your teaching fellow or instructor and consider forming a study group.
Degree Candidate and Premedical Program Coaching and Tutoring Resources
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) at Harvard University provides on-campus subject-matter tutoring and individual academic coaching (Note: due to COVID-19, these services will be available remotely for Spring 2020) to a limited number of degree candidates and Premedical Program participants on a referral basis. Talk to your academic advisor.
Coaching: You can explore potential difficulties and blocks to your learning with an academic coach. This can be particularly helpful if you are having trouble with executive function and self-regulation skills, including focus and concentration, time management, or perfectionism.
Tutoring: You can be matched with a Harvard College student to support your basic economics, foreign language, math, and science learning. Maximum tutoring hours per week is four hours.
For more information, please review the ARC Information and Referral Form.