Students and residents are encouraged to contact the Director of Academic Success directly at to make an appointment for a confidential consultation to explore strategies to enhance their academic performance. Sample consultation topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Creating a study plan and daily schedule
  • Developing an academic or educational learning plan
  • Developing effective strategies to manage the volume of course content
  • Developing study aids and tools (e.g., graphic organizers, flash cards, diagrams, tables)
  • Enhancing approaches to in-training/in-service exams for residents
  • Enhancing team processes and performance
  • Enhancing test-taking strategies (including how to read and answer NBME-style questions and how to enhance performance on standardized tests)
  • Implementing evidenced-based learning and study strategies
  • Implementing strategies for effective use of question banks
  • Improving note-making approaches
  • Improving strategies for review and self-testing
  • Managing time effectively and efficiently
  • Organizing and synthesizing information
  • Pre-reading techniques
  • Reading strategies to enhance comprehension and speed
  • Reducing test anxiety
  • Studying during busy rotations
  • Transitioning to Medical School
  • USMLE Step 1, 2, and 3 strategies and resources
  • Referrals to other College of Medicine or CMU resources
Typically, meetings are scheduled with individuals for 30 – 60 minutes to provide time to learn more about academic or professional goals, prior knowledge, approaches to learning, and current needs or interests. Then, depending upon the individual’s goals, action steps are identified, which can include recommendations for the implementation of specific learning and study strategies, the identification of resources, and/or referrals to various faculty specialty experts, peer tutors, or other College of Medicine or CMU Health Education Partner resources. Consultations can occur face-to-face in Mount Pleasant or Saginaw or via technology at a time that works best for students or residents in consideration of their course and rotation schedules.

Confidentiality Guidelines

The majority of consultations are voluntary and confidential. However, in some situations, students or residents are required to meet with the Director of Academic Success. In those cases, the Director of Academic Success, may be required to summarize or share meeting dates, topics discussed, recommendations, and/or academic learning plans with appropriate personnel (e.g., Associate Dean of Compliance, Evaluation and Assessment; Student Performance and Conduct Committee; Program Directors).

The Director of Academic Success, does often keep notes or records of consultation meetings. These notes may be kept confidential to the maximum extent allowed by the law and may be subject to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and/or Michigan's Freedom of Information Act. 

Please contact the Director of Academic Success at regarding questions related to consultation services or confidentiality guidelines.