If you are reading this page, chances are you are currently struggling with the decision to make an appointment with Learning Services. You may be asking yourself what someone in the Office of Learning Services could possibly do to help you become a better student. The Office of Learning Services is actually a very friendly and non-threatening place. Even if you have not been the most responsible student or if you have been making poor choices, we are not here to reprimand you. We are here to offer support and assistance.
When a student makes an appointment with a Learning Services staff member, the staff member will take the time to get to know him/her. The staff member will usually ask the student how he/she might improve his/her academic performance. Sometimes, students aren’t quite sure how they can improve. If this is the case, the staff member will ask some questions which will give the student a better idea of how the student may enhance his/her performance. Some students simply need help learning how to better manage their time while others may need to learn better study skills. There are times when external factors play a part in the student’s success. In this case, the staff will help the student decide how best to deal with those factors so that academic performance is no longer affected.
There are times when the best course of action is to contact a faculty member to explain the student’s situation. Faculty members are often relieved to hear that a student has sought help. Again, Learning Services position exists to support, not to criticize the student.
A student may visit Learning Services because he/she is struggling with a particular course and needs assistance to find a tutor. Again, no problem is too big or too small. When in doubt, schedule an appointment! We are always happy to help any student.