03511 - Resources

Computational Molecular Biology and Genomics - Resources

[Academic] [Study Tips] [Well Being] [Disabilities]

I want you to do well in this class and learn. I am available during office hours to assist you. If you are ever in need of additional help, come see me. There are also a number of campus support services available to you, academic and otherwise. Some of these services are outlined here.



Study Tips

These are some tips and tricks on how to do well in class. (These are general tips that can help you succeed in learning!)

  1. Come to class prepared with paper and writing implement for note taking.
  2. Lecture notes and/or slides are posted to the syllabus. Read over these notes and your class notes before the next lecture. This will only take a short amount of time, but can yield great benefits in transferring material to your memory and highlighting areas of confusion, which can be clarified in class.
    • Highlight important concepts and/or make marginal notes.
    • Re-do in-class examples, without looking at your answer. When going through examples in class, it may seem easy. Doing the example yourseld can highlight areas that need clarification.
    • Write down your questions and bring them to the next lecture. If you're uncomfortable asking a question in class, give it to me on a piece of paper at the start of class or email me the night before.
  3. Do the homework. Doing the problems is like training for your brain.
    • Start early.
    • Ask me for clarification on any questions that are unclear.
    • Attempt to solve the problems before collaborating with other students or coming to office hours.
    • Do the problems again, after the solutions have been posted. Be sure you understand how to solve the problem.
  4. Come to office hours and use the time productively.
  5. Read the assigned readings. As with lecture notes, you should highlight, make marginal notes, do the examples, and write down questions you may have.


Well Being

Take care of yourself. Do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle this semester by eating well, exercising, avoiding drugs and alcohol, getting enough sleep and taking some time to relax. This will help you achieve your goals and cope with stress.

All of us benefit from support during times of struggle. You are not alone. There are many helpful resources available on campus and an important part of the college experience is learning how to ask for help. Take the time to learn about all that is available and take advantage of it. Ask for support sooner rather than later - this always helps.

If you or anyone you know experiences any academic stress, difficult life events, or feelings like anxiety or depression, we strongly encourage you to seek support. Consider reaching out to a friend, faculty or family member you trust for assistance connecting to the support that can help. Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) is here for you: call 412-268-2922 and visit their website. Over 25% of students reach out to CaPS some time during their time at CMU.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or in danger of self-harm, call someone immediately, day or night:

CaPS: 412-268-2922

Re:solve Crisis Network: 888-796-8226

If the situation is life threatening, call the police

 On campus: CMU Police: 412-268-2323

Off campus: 911



If you have a disability and have an accommodations letter from the Disability Resources office, I encourage you to discuss your accommodations and needs with me as early in the semester as possible. I will work with you to ensure that accommodations are provided as appropriate. If you suspect that you may have a disability and would benefit from accommodations but are not yet registered with the Office of Disability Resources, I encourage you to contact them at access@andrew.cmu.edu .


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Last modified: August 27, 2019.
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