The Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office, working in conjunction with faculty, staff and student paraprofessionals, assists students in being successful with the challenges of college.
Academic Enrichment Activities
Free Peer Tutoring Program
Services for Students with Disabilities
Referring Your Student To The Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office
The Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office has a full-time professional staff member and Learning Assistants (trained peers) who meet with students to improve their academic performance. During these sessions, they get to know the students, their preferences, strengths and weaknesses, and then offer suggestions. They can address a variety of concerns such as managing time, learning test-taking strategies, handling test anxiety, taking improved notes or increasing motivation to study. They don't promise magical transformations, but do their best to assist students in improving their performance.
ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES
The Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office provides a variety of activities throughout the year that cover a range of relevant topic such as time management, note-taking, de-procrastination, and test-taking strategies. These activities come in a variety of forms such as workshops, presentations, drop-in sessions, interactive opportunities, podcasts, and tabling (sitting at a strategically located table, usually at a meal time, and interacting or providing handouts while students eat). At times, activities are provided for particular groups such as First-Year Initiatives (FYI) seminars, athletes, Greek houses, residence hall floors, and clubs or organizations. All students are welcome to attend the sessions. The podcasts can be found here.
FREE TUTORING PROGRAM
One avenue of getting additional assistance in a particular course is to work with a tutor. Tutoring is FREE to all students currently enrolled at Beloit College. The Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office hires and trains students who have been recommended by professors to provide tutoring assistance. Typically this tutoring is done in small groups of two.
The process is simple; if the student wants a tutor, s/he needs to come to the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office and complete a short request form and agree to come to tutoring prepared. Then in a week or so, a staff member emails the student the name and contact information of the assigned tutor (and they give the contact information to the tutor who also tries to contact the tutee at the same time). The tutor and tutee then get together and meet (up to 2 hours per week) regularly to improve the student's knowledge of the subject. If time permits and the situation warrants it, the tutor may also work with the student on general study skills and strategies.
Tutoring is available for most courses, but is not guaranteed. Fortunately, the professors of Beloit College are willing to assist students and many times also have Teaching Assistants (TAs), students that have done well in the course in the past and provide study sessions and/or classroom assistance to students. As you can see, there are many avenues for reaching academic goals available at Beloit College.
Would you like your student to get a job to help fund their education?
For students who are particularly knowledgeable in a course or talented in a particular subject area, and have a work award, they can become a tutor. This office typically hires over 50 tutors per semester. Students can work to a maximum of 10 hours per week at $7.50 per hour (2012-2013). The hours are flexible and the tutors provide an invaluable resource on campus. For other possible positions on campus, students can contact the Student Employment Web Site.
IF YOUR STUDENT HAS A DISABILITY
All of the programs and resources available through the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office are provided to all students. If your son/daughter has a documented disability, additional services may be available.
REFERRING YOUR STUDENT TO THE LEARNING ENRICHMENT AND DISABILITY SERVICES OFFICE
As an interested parent, you may see a service or program on this website that you think would be of assistance to your student. Please feel free to draw it to the attention of your student and encourage him/her to contact us. You may also contact us. We can describe services that are available to all students and our policies and procedures.
In general, as a student prepares to enter college, it is a good time for the student to learn how to seek out and acquire the services that s/he needs for him/herself. We encourage you to step back and let the student take the initiative to contact us so that s/he can begin to learn this important, lifelong skill.