Tips & Resources

We've got some great tips to maximize your academic experience and getting assistance if you need it! Look for some helpful online resources too!#igniteyourlearning


There are lots of tips that we can provide, but here's some important ones provided by FTN Partners. Use them to maximize your success in a learning session (e.g., tutoring, peer lead study group, TA’s and Professor Consults).

  • Be Proactive-Do not be afraid to seek success!
  • Attend class regularly and take notes to help your tutoring sessions and study groups run better.
  • Do your homework.
  • Do not expect your tutor to do your homework.
  • Get to know your Professors and TA’s.
  • Review the material that you will be learning in class beforehand and email questions to your tutor before the session and/or visit your Instructors and TA’s during their office hours.
  • Attempt to complete assignments ahead of time to the best of your ability before your learning session.
  • Bring required textbook or other course related material to your learning sessions.
  • Come prepared to write, take notes, solve problems, or construct outlines or models during session your tutoring sessions.
  • Organize your own study groups.
  • Your study groups should not exceed 5 people ( you + 4 of your classmates).


There are many resources available, but the following have been identified by some of the FTN Partners and our UIC Students. Additional recommendations and resources can also be found on individual FTN Partners' websites.

  1. Khan Academy - A personalized learning resource for all ages. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
  2. - is an outstanding resource for video-based and online learning.
  3. - Go explore Free Courses to enhance your classroom experience. Take free online classes from 140+ top universities and educational organizations.
  4. MIT OpenCourseWare - (MIT OCW) is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to put all of the educational materials from its undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, freely and openly available to anyone, anywhere.