Teaching and Learning Center
26 Doyle Hall
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
Fax: 716-375-2072 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Trevaton Ehman, Director email@example.com
Adriane L. Spencer, Coordinator of Disability Support Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Gina Larrabee, Secretary/Office Manager email@example.com
St. Bonaventure University's Teaching and Learning Center is an intrinsic element of the university's goal of academic excellence. We are a group who provides and promotes both creative and dynamic instruction as well as utilizes and teaches dedicated, critical, and active learning. Students, faculty, and staff may use the center's myriad programs and staff talents to explore means to enhance their academic growth.
Our credo is to assist, not do.
We encourage academic accountability: we want our patrons to accept responsibility for their own academic excellence - we provide background and assistance. Students may consult one-on-one or in-group with members of the center's staff to acquire greater command of a subject, procure assistance with a specific assignment, or discuss academic challenges.
Below are the many services offered by the Teaching and Learning Center:
Our employed peer tutors offer one-on-one or small-group tutoring for tutees who express a desire for individual assistance. We offer peer tutoring for almost every subject.
Tutoring is on a first-come, first-serve basis: We are only limited by the number of tutors who qualify for employment.
Students who acknowledge a need for assistance in a subject should first consult with their professor then explore peer tutoring.
Frequently Asked Questions from Tutors
A Quick Guide to Peer Tutoring
Students who desire assistance with paper writing, no matter the course subject, may avail themselves of the Writing Lab.
Students may request assistance at any stage of paper development, from formulating outlines to final draft reviews.
An appointment is not necessary, but is recommended. Call 375-2066 to schedule an appointment.
Please bring all materials pertaining to the assignment to your session, as well as self-edit any work you have already completed.
The Office of Disability Support Services at St. Bonaventure University is committed to providing an equal opportunity for success for all St. Bonaventure students with permanent or temporary disabilities.
How to be a successful student:
1. Muscle Reading
The first step to being a successful student involves flexing "reading muscles."
According to one study-skills handout, "The two most common problems students encounter when trying to read are procrastination and short attention spans."
The Teaching and Learning Center counselors recommend breaking reading into three phases.
The first phase is to pry out questions. Preview the assignment, read the summary and inspect any visuals. Next, based on the preview create a rough outline and fill it in while reading. The last step of the preview phase involves developing questions a professor may ask pertaining to the assignment. The next phase to reading is to find the answers. The counselors recommend reading in sessions, sitting at a desk, underlining only the most important elements, and filling in the answers to questions on the outline. The final step to "muscle reading" is to recite, review, and review again.
The first phase is to pry out questions. Preview the assignment, read the summary and inspect any visuals.
The next phase to reading is to find the answers.
The final step to "muscle reading" is to recite, review, and review again.
The handout recommends vocally repeating difficult concepts, work in groups to compare, review the material within 24 hours, and make a weekly review time.
2. Class Counts
The second step to getting good grades involves being active in the classroom.
The counselors list reading all materials before class as a must to being active. They recommend reviewing notes before class.
Notes, they advise, should be dated and concentrate on main ideas and significant details only. Also, the handout recommends copying everything a professor writes on the board, says after consulting his/her notes, or appears excited about.
Asking questions to clarify information, or asking a professor to repeat information, can be invaluable when it comes time to study notes, according to the handouts.
3. Study Scheduling
The third step to achieving academic success involves dedicated study time.
The study handout recommends students set a realistic goal of studying at least two hours or more a night.
The counselors recommend studying during a time of few distractions, work in short sessions or alternate subjects to keep it fresh.
They also advise studying difficult or boring subjects first, using a regular study area, and avoiding studying in bed.
Most Academic Restoration Program (ARP) participants are second-semester students mandated to this program as their only avenue for continued study at St. Bonaventure.
ARP students participate in twice-weekly study skill and behavior analysis classes. They also have a weekly individual session with a staff member to help them assess academic progress and design personalized study strategies.
This program is designed for upper-level students who otherwise would be dismissed from the University due to inadequate academic progress.
Each Academic Intervention Program student signs an academic and behavioral agreement pledging to abide by the stipulations set forth by the program - specifically, to attend weekly individual meetings with an academic counselor and maintain perfect attendance in all classes.
A student's progress is shared with the Academic Achievement Committee.
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