Learning assistance center helps students succeed

Parents equally valuable resource to students | November 28, 2005

For the past three months, Xavier’s campus has been a lively, busy place. Students, faculty and staff are constantly strolling down the academic or residential malls to get to their class, meeting or dorm room. The fall semester is quickly coming to a close, as students and professors prepare for exams. Soon, all Xavier students will have successfully completed another semester.

As Xavier parents, you are a very valuable resource for your student. Therefore, it is important for you to know what tools are available here at Xavier for your student’s use. The learning assistance center (LAC) is committed to helping students succeed and provides several services with this goal in mind. Whether your student is new or returning, the LAC can help him or her achieve academic success.

The tutoring program is very popular, and comprises a team of 40 trained peer tutors. These tutors offer one-on-one, subject-specific tutoring in almost all subjects taught at the University. For students who need occasional help in a class, the lac organizes drop-in tutoring in courses such as economics, French, Spanish, accounting, finance, philosophy and music theory. No appointment is necessary so students can stop by during the designated times. Tutors also facilitate study groups in the sciences (general biology, general chemistry, physics and organic chemistry), which meet once a week and foster community learning. Another tutoring service the lac provides is study skills workshops, which can be organized for individuals or groups. Workshops are offered on time management, note taking, test taking, learning styles and other study skills.

The LAC also houses disability services. If your student has a disability, please remind him or her to send documentation to the center. At the beginning of each semester, the student needs to complete the form to request faculty letters. Letters are sent to professors, and the student and the professor meet to discuss specific accommodations. Additionally, if you think your student may have a learning disability, encourage him or her to make an appointment with Ann Dinan, the center’s director, who can refer students to psychological services for testing.

The newest service that the lac provides is life coaching, or co-active coaching. Coaching is an ongoing partnership between the coach and the client to help the client set and achieve goals. It is not counseling or advice-giving, but a holistic approach that consists of inquiry, listening and challenging.

The LAC staff is available Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Students can come in the office, on the first floor of Kuhlman Hall, to discuss their academic needs and receive suggestions for services that may assist them. Services are free to Xavier students, and the staff is here to help all students at all levels in their academic careers.

(Stephanie Mosier, assistant director for the learning assistance center, can be reached at mosier@xavier.edu).