Learning Support

Sterling College Environmental Humanities Environmental Humanities MajorAt Sterling, we work with each student to craft an individual support strategy. Whether you sometimes experience difficulty learning in a traditional classroom setting or are looking for a more challenging rigorous academic environment, our exceptional faculty-to-student ratio allows us the flexibility to build a robust system to buttress every student’s learning.

Learning support takes many forms at Sterling College. You have the opportunity to create an individualized learning plan with your advisor, identifying goals, timeline, and supports needed. All students meet with their advisor during A Sense of Place and in the first week of Long Block, to create a learning and support plan. Plans may include enrolling in College Learning Skills, regular meetings with a faculty advisor or peer mentor, accessing private or Sterling tutors, creating a support team (Advisor, Faculty, Work Program Supervisor, Deans, Nurse, Community Advisors, etc). We will continue to encourage self-advocacy, while increasing our outreach and engagement efforts across the student body.

Students who need assistance with time management and organization may be advised to enroll in College Learning Skills. Additionally, students who need extra support in mathematics may enroll in Quantitative Skills, which prepares students for Sterling’s upper level math and science requirements. The term “learning disabilities” is a broad term referring to a variety of learning difficulties; Sterling faculty and learning support staff often choose the term “learning differences” to help alleviate the stigma that may be associated with disabilities as well as to recognize that all students have differences in their learning styles and thus can all benefit from learning support of some kind. Students with learning differences can obtain adjustments to a course or program that minimizes disability-related barriers based on individual need.

The Sterling College Academic Center is available to students during set hours and by appointment. The Center is staffed by faculty, staff, and students who have demonstrated strong academic, writing, and peer-editing skills.

 

We’re here to support you!  For more information about Academic Advising or Learning Support at Sterling College, please contact:

  • Man taking a photo in the snow with a dog

    Pavel Cenkl

    Associate Dean of Academics,
    Director of Athletics,
    Faculty in Environmental Humanities

  • photo of Dean of Academics, Dr. Laura Spence, standing in front of a green hedge and a birch tree with white bark in spring time

    Laura Spence

    Dean of Academics, Faculty in Ecology

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