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Office of Learning Services

Serving the entire campus, we want to be sure every student is ready to be successful and launch into their future. The Office of Learning Services, located on the first floor of the library, offers peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, academic coaching/mentoring and disability services. We also provide support services for students who are on academic probation.  The college’s Bridge Program, a late summer orientation for first year students, is also run through the Office of Learning Services with conditional acceptance.

Tutoring

Tutoring is available for most classes across disciplines.  The Office of Learning Services connects students requesting tutors with peer tutors when they are not making the progress they desire in a course.

Upper level students help with concept review, test preparation, and advance planning.  Confidentiality is respected.  There is no charge for this service.

Tutor request forms are available in the OLS offices.

Supplemental Instruction

Targeting historically challenging courses rather than solely “at-risk” students, SI sessions develop essential learning skills in core courses such as Anatomy, Introduction to Chemistry, and Statistics.  Participation is voluntary and open to all students enrolled in courses with SI leaders.  SI leaders attend courses and offer multiple weekly sessions.

Coaching/Mentoring

Academic Coaching & Mentoring is available for any student who requests assistance with organization, advance planning, and/or time management.  An upper level student coach will serve as a coach/accountability partner.  For more info, click on Role of Academic Coach.

There is no charge for this service, and your right to confidentiality is respected.

Academic coach/mentor request forms are available in the OLS offices.

Accommodations Plans

When a verified physical, psychological, attentional, or learning disability impacts a student’s academic progress, accommodations may be available to assist the student in meeting academic goals.

Professor Laura Dávalos, director of The Office of Learning Services, will discuss an accommodation plan during a confidential interview with the student. Appropriate accommodations then will be forwarded in writing to the student’s professors every semester.

Students with diagnostic paperwork should bring a copy to the interview.

Students who believe they may have a learning problem that has not been identified can make an appointment to discuss their academic history in order to determine what may be hindering academic progress.  Confidential advising is always available.

Prospective & New Students/Parents

Selecting a college is often a particularly challenging task for students with disabilities. Information is provided throughout this web site that will hopefully assist you in determining if Trinity Christian College is a good fit for you. If you have questions about specific disabilities and/or related accommodations, policies or procedures, you are encouraged to contact the director of this office, Professor Laura C. Dávalos at laura.davalos@trnty.edu or 708.239.4765.

You are also encouraged to make an appointment if you are on campus visiting, even if you are still in the exploration stage. Trinity Christian College has unique aspects and it is important that you understand how your disability may provide you particular challenges or strengths within the curriculum and at the College. It’s also important for you to become aware of the resources and services that the College has to offer in addition to Disability Services.

For those of you who have decided that Trinity Christian College is the place for you, there is still much to be done to ease your transition.

Disability Documentation

When determining what accommodations are appropriate for students, it’s important to understand how their disabilities will likely impact their academic progress at Trinity Christian College.  Helpful information includes records of past accommodations and services from high school and/or another college, formal psychological or medical evaluations, letters from past health or service providers, and thoughtful answers to the following questions:

  • What tools or strategies facilitate your learning?
  • What potential barriers can you anticipate?
  • How does your disability interact with communication, classroom and laboratory learning, reading and writing, housing, technology, dining and the physical environment?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

LIFE HAPPENS: SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS ON ACADEMIC PROBATION

When a student has a probationary semester, s/he is required to request a full-time staff or faculty member to serve as an accountability mentor for the semester, and to complete an accountability contract.

The student is also required to keep an appointment with the director of The Office of Learning Services, to discuss the academic difficulties of the previous semester and to discuss available campus resources.

The Office of Learning Services staff communicates in writing with each of the student’s professors to notify them of the probationary status and to request a first quarter update.  In this update, the instructor comments on attendance, work completion, participation, and test/quiz grades.

A student with probationary status may be mandated to attend ACAD 102.  The purpose of this class is to strengthen academic performance and personal confidence.

Instruction will be given in such topics as personal motivation, organization, and academic study skills/strategies and opportunity will be given for students to work within supervised study tables.

1:30 – 3:30p.m. Move-in time • Registration. (Students who will be resident students for the year will be assigned to their “permanent” rooms.) • A welcome committee will be on hand with smiles to greet you and shopping carts to help you move in. • Note that students who plan to live on campus and those who plan to commute to campus in the fall will be staying in the dorms through the end of Thrive.

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Mandatory Orientation Meeting for Students and Families • Promptly at 3:30, students, parents and family members are asked to meet at the Black Box Theatre for an important orientation meeting. (There will be some additional time for unpacking later.)

5:00 – 6:00p.m. Complimentary Dinner for students and their families/guests • Weather permitting, we will enjoy an outdoor barbeque picnic dinner in the lawn area between the classroom building and Groot and VanderVelde Halls.

6:00 – 7:00p.m. Worship service for students and families in Ozinga Chapel.

7:00 – 8:00p.m. Settle in and say farewell to parents and families

8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Mandatory meeting in the basement of South Hall. Residence Life team will have important information about living in the residence halls during the week of orientation. Right after the residence hall meeting, come to the first floor classroom in Alumni Hall (Required of all Students in the Bridge Program) • Your teaching assistants want to check in with you to be sure you have everything you need and that you’re prepared for class at 9:00 Monday morning. • There will be ice cream and a chance to start getting to know other students. • Optional evening activities will be available.

Download the schedule.

Questions? Please contact Professor Laura Dávalos at laura.davalos@trnty.edu • 708.239.4765

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