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
- 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.
ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES
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 First-Year Initiatives (FYI) seminars, athletes, Greek houses, residence hall floors, and clubs or organizations. All students are welcome to attend the sessions.
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 a student wants a tutor, the student goes to your Portal, After you log in, you will see several tabs, click on "Student Life". On the left hand side you will see "Tutoring Forms". Select "Tutoring Request Form" and complete. Be sure you click "Submit Form" at the end. If you are requesting a tutor for more than one course, you will need to complete a separate request for each class. You will be contacted via email when you have been matched with a 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.
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, 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 (2014-2015). 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.
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?
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!
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).