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Using the Learning Center

Last updated September 17, 2022

Colleges are typically packed full of resources for students - including the learning center! Transitioning from high school to college can be challenging, especially when it comes to keeping up with college-level classwork. The campus learning center is an amazing, FREE resource available to all students to help them stay on top of studying, maintain their GPA, get academic support, grasp difficult concepts in classes, and more. Here's what you should know about using the learning center and how to use it to stay on top of your grades!

Note: While different colleges might offer different types of support through their learning center, we’ve listed the most commonly available ones below. Stop by your school’s learning center to learn more about what specific services are available to you.

Tutoring

Need some extra support with your homework or preparing for an upcoming exam? Tutors in the learning center can help! Tutoring sessions are usually offered:

  • In groups. You can study alongside other students in a particular class, led by someone in the learning center.
  • Individually (in-person). To ensure you receive the help you need, making an appointment for an individual tutoring session is key. Be sure to show up to your appointment on time and prepared to study.
  • Individually (remote). Some colleges are now offering remote tutoring sessions for students who can’t make it to campus. You will likely need to create an appointment for these sessions as well.
  • As drop-in sessions. You do not need to sign up for these sessions; they usually operate on a first-come, first-served basis. While you should expect for these sessions to be busy, during slow periods, tutors may be able to work with you one-on-one.

Essay and writing help

Have a big paper to write? With the help of a writing coach in the learning center, you can draft and outline your paper together. They can help you identify key concepts and ideas you want to write about, give you tips on making an effective argument, and review different drafts of your paper as you work on it independently!

Support for students with disabilities

The learning center can help arrange accommodations for students with disabilities, such as assistive technology, exam accommodations, sign language interpreters, and more. In order to access any of these accommodations, you will likely need to provide official documentation to an official in the learning center.

Learning support and strategies

A big key to success in college is building good academic habits and strategies over time. These will help you in almost every class you take throughout your time in college, so it’s important to start working on them ASAP! Here are some of the learning habits and strategies that the learning center can help you build, through workshops and trainings:

  • Note taking
  • Test taking
  • Studying
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Time management

Be sure to note which strategies have been most effective for you, and try to practice and build on them over time!

Tips for using the learning center

Attend class

Tutoring is a great way to supplement your learning experience, but it is not a substitute for class. It is vital that you attend class, read the required text, and bring your notes and/or questions to the tutoring session.

Be prepared

Before your tutoring session take the time to review your assignment or assignments, identify the areas where you are struggling, and write down any questions you have.

Participate

Tutors are typically students who are successful in their academics and have a wealth of knowledge to share about the courses you are taking. Keep in mind they are not professors or content-experts. Tutors will share study strategies and will help you understand problems and concepts, but they will not do your work for you.

Plan ahead

Showing up on time and prepared for your tutoring session is key. Tutors are often in high demand - especially during peak times like midterms & finals - so be sure to schedule your appointment at least one week before the assignment is due. Another way to plan ahead of your tutoring session is to make sure you show up prepared to jump straight into what you need help with.

Have any advice for incoming college students about using the learning center? Text #Hello to 33-55-77 to let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

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