Disability Resources & Educational Services (DRES) helps thousands of students with disabilities enjoy the Illinois experience, making Illinois a leader in college education for persons with disabilities. Students have access to academic coaching in areas such as organization, time management, and motivation as well as group and individual therapy. Appointments for services are provided at no additional cost.
As an iSchool student, you will find a variety of academic and support services within our School community and on campus. Most of these services are free of charge, and you are encouraged to engage with them early and often. The iSchool's Academic Support Center, coordinated by Student Affairs, connects students with the resources needed to ensure success. Your academic experience, professional development, and physical and mental health are very important to us.
iSchool Academic Support Center
Student Affairs has opened the new iSchool Academic Support Center, which provides one-on-one tutoring to iSchool students and students enrolled in iSchool courses; offers academic success workshops; coordinates with faculty and instructors to provide support for specific courses or exams; and curates and shares academic support resources.
Appointments are available online and in person in room 4060 (Academic Support Center) of 614 E. Daniel Street.
Additional iSchool resources
iSchool Help Desk: Our staff of professionals and students are available to answer questions on all technology-related matters.
iSchool writing resources: This in-house writing support service for iSchool students provides writing consultants who assist with every step of the writing process by providing an inclusive and collaborative learning environment. In addition to supporting academic writing in general, resources for ESL/ELL students are provided as well.
Academic resources on campus
Ask a Librarian: Receive assistance from librarians by cell phone, instant messaging or email. This service is provided by librarians and graduate assistants in the Library and Information Sciences program.
The Writers Workshop: Provides writing support to students, including individual consultations, workshops, and resources. Students are encouraged to utilize this resource for all writing assignments and papers as well as professional writing (cover letters, applications, scholarships, etc.).
Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA): Offers five academic services—tutoring, review sessions, study skills workshops, supplemental instruction, and structured study groups—and online drop-in hours for advising and mentoring.
Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) Tutoring Program: The DIA provides individual tutoring and study hall hours to all student athletes.
Chemistry Learning Center (CLC): The Department of Chemistry provides free walk-in tutoring services and maintains a list of private chemistry tutors available for hire through the Tutor Matching Service. Tutorials also are available through the Chemistry Learning Center.
Economics Tutoring: Student tutors are available for general assistance with economics courses or economics-related questions, primarily for ECON 102, 103, 202, 203, 302 and 303 (and some of the 400s). Tutoring also is available for MATH 220/221 and 231. Students should visit with their instructors or TAs regarding questions specific to classes, such as due dates, tests, etc. Most Economics classes have numerous TA office hours.
Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE): Assistance is offered with many courses taken by engineering-focused students during their first four semesters (MATH, PHYS, CS). Please see the CARE Tutoring Schedule for class availability.
Mathematics: Provides free tutoring for courses and also paid tutors.
MCB Learning Center: The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB) provides a space for students to meet with any available MCB 100, 150/151, 250/251, 252/253, and 354 TAs during their office hours. Online videos and resources are also available.
Psychology Psi Chi Honorary Society: Provides free tutoring services for students enrolled in psychology courses.
LinkedIn Learning: The University of Illinois has contracted with LinkedIn to provide all students, faculty and staff with access to more than 1,200 online courses through LinkedIn Learning. Titles are broken down into manageable segments to accommodate busy schedules. These video-based tutorials are taught by industry experts and available 24/7 for convenient, self-paced learning.
Statistical Software & Qualitative Programs Workshops: Each semester, the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning conducts short evening workshops on how to use statistical software, qualitative programs, and questionnaire design.
- Effective Computation in Physics by Scopatz & Huff (available through Safari at UIUC)
- Matplotlib tutorials
- Python tutorial
- Teach Yourself How to Learn (free ebook)
- Visualization Analysis & Design by Tamara Munzner
- Edward Tufte series of visualization books: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Beautiful Evidence, Envisioning Information, and Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
- Fundamentals of Data Visualization by Claus O. Wilke (introduction to Tamara Munzner's book with an annotated bibliography at the end that provides a few references for books in data visualization that include programming). It is built from the linked GitHub repository. Note that this book is focused on static (not interactive) visualizations.