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.
- One-on-One Assistance
- Academic Enrichment Activities
- Free Peer Tutoring Program
- Free Drop-in Organizational Tutoring
- Services for Students with Disabilities
- Graduate and Professional School Entrance Examination Preparation
Things for Prospective/Incoming Students To Think About:
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.
Learning Enrichment and Disability Services 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. At times, activities are provided for particular groups such as Spark courses, athletes, Greek houses, residence hall floors, and clubs or organizations. All students are welcome to attend the sessions.
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.
To improve the response time in getting tutors with students seeking tutoring in high demand courses, the Senior Staff Thriving Group, Learning Enrichment and Disability Services (LEADS), and the Library staff have teamed up to designate times and space in the Library for tutoring in courses/areas that have historically had the highest number of requests for tutoring.
Free drop-in tutoring for the following high demand courses is usually available: Calculus I and II, Physics I and II, Japanese (introductory), Spanish (most courses), and Chemistry (introductory). We likewise offer English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring (whether or not the student is enrolled in an ESL course) and assistance with organizational skills. Organizational tutors can assist with email management, calendar/planners, as well as time management, prioritization, and motivation strategies. See below for additional information about organizational tutoring. If your course isn't listed, you can still apply for a tutor via the Portal.*
Peer Academic Support Services (PASS) Tutoring is held Sundays through Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm at the south side of the main floor of the library. Look for the sign. A detailed schedule of when PASS tutors are available can be found here and below the PASS Tutoring Welcome sign.
Students wanting a PASS tutor can apply and get appointments through the Portal*, but they can also stop by the library during the designed times to see if a tutor is available and/or to make an appointment for a future tutoring session.
*The process is simple: If a student wants a tutor, the student goes to their Portal. After they log in, they will see several tabs, and should click on "Student Life". On the left hand side, they will see "Tutoring Forms". Select "Tutoring Request Form" and complete. Be sure to click "Submit Form" at the end. If requesting a tutor for more than one course, they will need to complete a separate request for each class. They will be contacted via email when a match with a tutor has been made. 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.
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.
Who is tutoring for?
Everyone! We want to reduce and eliminate barriers and make tutoring available to any student who desires it.
Would you like to get a job to help fund your education?
Students who are particularly knowledgeable in a course or talented in a particular subject area can become a tutor. LEADS typically hires over 50 tutors per semester. Students can work to a maximum of 10 hours per week at $7.50 per hour (2018-2019). The hours are flexible and the tutors provide an invaluable resource on campus. To apply to become a tutor students can log into their Portal and access the Student Life tab. Once there they should click the link titled, "Tutoring Forms" then fill out the "Tutoring Application Form" for each class they would like to tutor.
For other possible positions on campus, students can find information on the Student Employment Web Site.
Need support in keeping organized? Drop-in Organizational Tutoring sessions are usually held each week in the Library, Sunday - Thursday between 6-9pm. Please check the calendar or with the LEADS staff. During drop-in sessions, you can get help with the following:
- establish a daily/weekly schedule
- synthesize the expectations of each course (usually be meshing the syllabi/assignments page)
- take larger projects (i.e. presentations, papers, experiential work) and divide them into smaller, more manageable tasks
- advise students of relevant strategies such as color coding folders, as well as backpack, room, and study area organization, and more
- identify and teach how to use tools to stay organized such as using Google calendar or smartphone reminder systems, post it notes, planners, etc.
- model structured note-taking methods
- implement strategies to stay organized and on-task throughout the semester
- refer to other resources as needed (course-specific tutoring, Writing Center, Counseling Center, etc.)
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 is needed 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).
- Physical or digital planner or calendar
- Digital storage devices (USB, external hard drives, Google Drive, the Cloud)
- Folder(s) (can color code them for classes; usually four classes per term)
- Binder(s) (color code; can add separators with tabs)
- File folder(s) (color code; can place in a file folder organizer, may also want additional ones for personal reasons such as keeping FAFSA information, work documents, receipts, and other official forms)
- Bulletin board (a place to put up reminders, handouts, photos, etc.)
*Printed version available in the office
For Taking Notes and Studying (find a partial list of online study tools below)
- Notebooks, notepads, loose leaf paper
- Pencils and pens (try different colors for color coding)
- Consider a "Smart Pen," but note the policy on recording classes
- Erasers and correction fluid or tape
- Pencil sharpener
- Highlighters (to emphasize and color code your notes)
- Pencil case (for convenient storage of writing utensils)
- Sticky notes and sticky note flags (to make notes to yourself as you read/study)
- Note cards (to make flash cards!)
- Dictionary, thesaurus (physical or digital)
- Calculator (basic, scientific, or graphic, depending on your classes)
Online Studying Tools - all free!
- Quizlet - Create (and find) digital flashcards and quiz yourself!
- Kahoot! - Study by creating and playing quizzes!
- GoConqr - Great for visual learners! Create concept maps, flowcharts, slides, flashcards, quizzes, and more!
- Evernote - Take notes, make lists, and organize your ideas!
- StudyBlue - A Chegg-provided service for flashcards, quizzes, study guides, and homework help forums
- Marinara Timer - Use the traditional Pomodoro method (25-minute work period then a 5-minute break) or set up own timer with custom work and break periods to efficiently accomplish tasks
- Coloring supplies (a coloring book is a good stress reliever)
- Glue, tape, rubber bands
- Stapler, staples, and staple remover
- Paper clips and binder clips
- Hole punch
- Envelopes and stationary (for whenever you want to send something by mail)
- Stamps available in the mail center
- If you have a printer, don't forget paper and ink/toner
- Printing is available on campus, such as in the library and the Sanger Science Center
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
- Disability documentation
- Employment forms, work-study, job history (resume)
- Financial Aid
- Health Services
- Orientation/FYI information
- Registration, advising information
- Other Questions
- "How do I get involved in a particular club/organization?"
- "How do I get vegetarian meals?"
- "Who do I talk 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!
Interested in going to graduate or professional (e.g. Law, Medical) school after you graduate? Most graduate and professional schools require an examination (much like the SAT or ACT for undergraduate colleges) as part of the application process. The Learning Enrichment and Disability Services Office assists students in preparing for such examinations. You usually need to take the exam early in your Senior year. Come to see us during your Junior year so that you have time to prepare. Stop by and see what we have and what we can do. Each semester we try to put together a panel of people (usually students) who have recently taken the exams. If interested in attending this event, contact our office for specifics.
You also need to discuss your interest in graduate/professional school with your advisor. In addition, you would benefit from working with the Career Development Office.
We also have limited resources for students interested in the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).