The mentoring program, developed from research on the transition and persistence of postsecondary students with learning disabilities and from self-regulated learning theory, is designed to create a bridge to academic regulation in the college environment. The program is composed of the following elements: organizational mentoring, strategic content tutoring, and day-time and evening check-in.
The student enrolled in the Mentor Advantage Program will meet with professional tutoring staff several hours each week to organize and carry out coursework preparation. The organizational strategy sessions will train the student to develop, continue, and adapt overarching plans for the semester. The strategic content tutoring sessions focus on the student managing the pace of specific coursework. Day-time and evening check-in provide enrolled students with structured study times and access to a professional tutor 12.5 hours per day in a specified Learning Center study area.
Organizational Mentoring – Mentor Advantage Program
The organizational mentoring sessions assist the student to develop, continue, and adapt overarching plans for the semester. This work includes designing a repertoire of strategies for success appropriate to the student’s need and instruction in the following areas:
- analyzing the course syllabus to map out short- and long-term plans for the semester
- planning the logistics of class preparation for the student’s coursework
- setting and monitoring weekly study schedules
- designing personally meaningful and workable calendars and lists
- troubleshooting organizational and focusing problems
Strategic Content Tutoring – Mentor Advantage Program
The strategic content tutoring sessions assist the student to manage the pace of specific coursework. The strategic content tutor will provide guidance in the following areas apropos to each class:
- structuring and setting up strategies for class readings
- preparing for learning in the class setting
- structuring class assignments
- reviewing and reworking class notes
- organizing learning for quizzes and tests
Evening Check-In – Mentor Advantage Program
A professional tutor will be on duty to provide academic support between the hours of 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the Learning Center study area, Monday through Thursday, while the College is in session.
Day-time Check-In – Mentor Advantage Program
A professional tutor will be on duty to provide academic support between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Learning Center study area, Monday through Friday, while the College is in session.