Published: Sept. 6, 2019

College classes can sometimes be more challenging than expected. Finding help early can have a huge effect on how your academic career begins.

Take advantage of these free on-campus resources to develop study skills, find help and set yourself up for success.

Academic dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is any act in which a student gains or attempts to gain an unfair academic advantage over other students. Examples of this include plagiarism and cheating. Any form of academic dishonesty is a violation of the Honor Code. 

The Honor Code was designed to uphold CU Boulder's standards of academic integrity and intellectual honesty. It provides quick resolution of reports of student academic misconduct. All CU Boulder students are subject to the Honor Code for academic matters. Students who violate the code may be subject to discipline.

Learn more about the Honor Code

Academic Success and Achievement Program

The Academic Success and Achievement Program (ASAP) offers free peer-tutoring support to students living on campus and first-year commuting students. ASAP provides tutoring support in small groups that meet weekly throughout the semester. They also can organize tutoring for any course taught at CU Boulder. Visit the ASAP website for additional information.

Student Academic Success Center

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is a multicultural academic learning community, serving low income and first generation college students. SASC offers:

  • Academic skills development

  • Math and writing courses

  • Supplementary instruction

  • Tutoring

  • Graduate research opportunities.

The Writing Center

Do you sometimes suffer from writer’s block? Do you know how to cite your sources? The Writing Center is for students from all academic fields and skill levels. The Writing Center helps students:

  • Discover effective writing techniques

  • Eliminate writer’s block and procrastination

  • Strengthen revision and self-editing skills

  • Learn proper citation to avoid unintentional plagiarism.

Use the Writing Center at any point in your writing process, from figuring out how to start through your final draft.

University Libraries

The library is more than just a quiet place to study. University Libraries at CU Boulder offer a massive collection of academic resources. Through University Libraries, students can:

  • Request personal research consultations to help refine research topics

  • Develop successful search strategies

  • Identify sources for academic research projects and assignments. 

Office hours and help labs

Faculty members make time during the week to be available for students outside of the classroom. This is known as ‘office hours’. Office hours allow you to meet one-on-one with your professor to ask questions or express concerns.

It can be helpful to attend your instructor’s office hours regularly. They can provide help or guidance if you’re struggling. They may also be aware of other academic resources in your program, like help labs.