The Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office, working in conjunction with faculty, staff and student paraprofessionals, assists you in being successful with the challenges of college.
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Utilizing our services can make your adjustment to Beloit College less stressful and more successful.
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, reading faster with improved comprehension, 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.
The staff prefer that students make appointments ahead of time, but they also meet with students as they stop by if they are not already scheduled with another student or meeting. If a student is not sure that they can help, they encourage them to meet with them anyway. They would like to make sure that students get the appropriate assistance and do their best to make sure that students get it. Sometimes it is decided that a different office, faculty or staff member would be better suited to address the student' concern, so they assist students in connecting with that person or office. Their services are confidential so students can get the assistance they need without worrying about who will know about it.
If you decide to attend Beloit College, check us out to see what we can do!
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.
For specific times and locations of the activities being offered this semester contact the Office.
FREE PEER TUTORING PROGRAM
At times students may benefit from having additional assistance in a specific course. 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 students. Arrangements for group tutoring, study sessions, and exam preparation can also be coordinated through the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office.
The process is simple: if a student wants a tutor, the student comes to the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office and completes a short request form. Then in a week or so, a staff member emails the student the name and contact information of the tutor (they also give the tutee's contact information to the tutor). The tutor and tutees can then meet regularly (up to 2 hours per week) to improve students' knowledge of the subject. The tutor may also work with tutees on their general study skills and strategies, if time permits.
The service is available for most courses during most semesters, but unfortunately is not guaranteed. However, professors are willing to assist students and many times also have Teaching Assistants (TAs: upper-class students who are knowledgeable in the subject) to work with students. As you can see, there are many avenues for reaching your academic goals at Beloit College.
BE A TUTOR!
If students are particularly knowledgeable in a subject/course, want to help other students improve their performance, and have good study habits, they could become a tutor. To become a tutor, students start by completing the necessary paperwork in the financial aid and payroll offices. Then they obtain a professor recommendation that is course specific. For students that have work awards in their financial aid, their next step is to come to the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office and complete a tutor application. Students selected as tutors will also need to attend training. Tutors are paid $7.50/hour (2012 -2013) (Wisconsin minimum wage is $7.25). The hours are flexible and the position can often be combined with other work-award positions. Students don't have to have a work award to be hired (but preference is given to those who do).
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ENTRANCE EXAMINATION PREPARATION
Many students at Beloit College eventually choose to go on to a graduate or professional school. Most require an examination to be admitted (similar to the SAT or ACT to be admitted to an undergraduate college). The Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office provides resources and strategies to prepare students for such examinations. They endeavor to have Beloit College students do as well as possible on such examinations so they can fulfill their dreams and desires. Students that are interested in a graduate or professional school should speak with their advisor, stop by the Liberal Arts in Practice Center's Career Development Office (usually early in the Junior year) and contact the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office to find out more about exam preparation.
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
All of the programs and resources described as available through the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office are provided to all students. If you are a student with a disability, additional services may be available.
MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE
A college student must have an array of skills to help meet the many academic, social, and emotional demands of campus life. Do you have the self-knowledge, self-discipline and self-confidence to meet the challenges of college? To assess your readiness for college (or that of someone close to you), check each skill that you believe you have.
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO:
- analyze course demands and plan your study time accordingly?
- take accurate and clear course notes in your own words?
- read actively so that you remember what you read?
- study on your own for at least 15-20 hours per week?
- express yourself clearly on paper and orally?
- take an essay exam successfully?
- think critically about a topic and express your opinions in writing?
IF SO, you're READY FOR THE ACADEMIC DEMANDS OF COLLEGE.
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO:
- get yourself out of bed, and to class on time?
- balance study time with socializing and time alone?
- stay calm and focused during an exam?
- talk to your professors about your needs?
- ask for the appropriate classroom accommodations if you are a student with a disability?
- stay motivated when you are frustrated or have failed?
- find ways to relax when you're stressed?
IF SO, you're READY TO MANAGE YOURSELF IN COLLEGE.
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO:
- ask questions when you don't know or understand something?
- introduce yourself to someone and initiate a conversation?
- disagree with someone and negotiate a compromise?
- say no when you don't want to do something (e.g., alcohol, drugs, sex)?
- get close to someone without becoming too dependent or "losing" yourself?
IF SO, you're READY FOR THE INTERPERSONAL DEMANDS OF COLLEGE.
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO:
- identify your own reasons for attending college?
- list activities that you like and skills that you can utilize?
- recognize what is important to you in life?
IF SO, you're READY TO SET GOALS IN COLLEGE AND CHOOSE A MAJOR.
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO:
- recognize when you have a problem?
- ask for assistance?
- make mistakes without losing confidence in yourself?
- make appointments with different faculty and administrators to receive the assistance you need?
- identify resources where you can get assistance? (Other Services At Beloit College)
IF SO, you're READY TO TACKLE THE PROBLEMS OF COLLEGE.
If you identify areas where your skills are not as highly developed, consider using the services of the Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office . The Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office can help you develop the academic skills (i.e. time management, study skills, note-taking) to help you manage the transition to college.
Adapted from the websites of the University of Maryland at College Park Counseling Center, Academic Support Unit, and the Learning Assistance Service.
ARE YOU READY FOR COLLEGE?
Oftentimes students will be given information on "What to bring for your residence hall room" (Residence Life), but sometimes the information lacks the details of what to have to be organized and ready for the academic challenges. Please take a look at this list and make sure that you either acquire the necessary supplies before coming to Beloit College or acquire them soon after moving in (before classes begin).
|Tape and tape dispenser||Paper Clips|
|Sticky Notes||Rubber bands|
|Envelopes (buy stamps at the mail center)||Glue/paste|
|If you have a computer:
Paper for printer
*Beloit College Academic Planner is recommended
To Get Organized:
It takes a lot of organizational skills to keep track of all of the information and paperwork necessary to apply to and enroll in a college or university. The Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office recommends that for each College you are considering, have a folder for each of these areas and make copies of everything that you have sent in with notations on when you sent it and to whom you sent it:
|Application/Transcripts/SAT or ACT score||Housing|
|Financial Aid||Health Services|
|Employment forms, work-study, job history (resume)||Registration, advising information|
|Disability documentation||Orientation/FYI information|
*(e.g. How do I get involved in a particular club/organization? How do I get vegetarian meals? Who do I talk to about being on the soccer team?).
If your information is in some order, then you won't need to panic when you find out that someone claims to not have the information that you sent him or her. You can simply look it up, explain to whom you sent it and when, and if necessary, copy and resend the information. Learning how to be organized is a necessary skill for learning how to be a good student. Start now!