Fee-Based Learning Programs

The Mentor Advantage Program

Shawn Kuba and Anita Dib

Coordinators of the Mentor Advantage Program

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 four elements: organizational mentoring, strategic content tutoring, small group class, 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. Adapting to the academic side of college life and developing student self-regulation during the first two semesters are the main goals of the small group class. Evening check-in provides enrolled students with structured study times and access to a professional tutor 16 hours per week in a specified Learning Center study area, Monday through Thursday from 4:30-8:30 p.m.

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

College Transition Class – Mentor Advantage program

During the first two semesters, students in the Mentor Advantage Program are enrolled in a small group class, Transition to College I and II. This course focuses on adapting to the academic side of college life, developing student self-regulation, and personal wellness.

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 Program

A professional tutor will be on duty to provide academic support between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30PM in our Mentor Advantage study area, Monday through Friday, while the College is in session. When students sign in to this area, they may:

  • Make or revise to-do lists for the day or week
  • Get started on school work before your first class
  • Work on assignments and readings between classes
  • Review for quizzes and tests

 


Fee Structure for the Mentor Advantage and Day-Time Check-In Programs

Transition Level: $4,000.00 per semester includes a combination of five hours of one-on-one organizational mentoring and strategic content tutoring each week, 16 available hours of Evening Check-In with a professional tutor each week, and the College Transition class, plus the foundational program services. This level counts for one hour of academic credit each semester because of the College Transition class.

Persistence Level: $3,300.00 per semester includes a combination of three hours of one-on-one organizational mentoring and strategic content tutoring each week and 16 available hours of Evening Check-In with a professional tutor each week, plus the foundational program services. This level counts for one hour of academic credit each semester because of the College Transition class.

Optional Supplements available for all students:

  • College Transition Class: $750.00 per semester, for the first two semesters
  • Evening Check-In: $750.00 per semester
  • Strategic Content Tutoring: $700.00 per semester for one hour of strategic content tutoring each week; $1,400.00 for two hours strategic content tutoring each week, etc...
  • Day-time Check-In: If the student is enrolled in Strategic Content Tutoring III or above, the Transition or Persistence levels of the MAP program, or Lindamood-Bell Level Three or Four, the cost is $1,000 per semester (DEVL-032)
  • Day-time Check-In: For all other program configurations the cost is $1,800 per semester (DEVL-033)

Course Numbering for the Mentor Advantage and Day-Time Check-In Programs (COLL 120-125 and DEVL 024-033) *

COLL 120 MAP Transition Phase - Transition to College I $4,000.00
COLL 121 MAP Persistence Phase - Transition to College I $3,300.00
COLL 122 MAP Transition to College I $750.00
COLL 123 MAP Transition Phase - Transition to College II $4,000.00
COLL 124 MAP Persistence Phase - Transition to College II $3,300.00
COLL 125 MAP Transition to College II $750.00
DEVL 024 MAP Evening Check-In $750.00
DEVL 025 MAP Strategic Content Tutoring I (1 hour) $700.00
DEVL 026 MAP Strategic Content Tutoring II (2 hours) $1,400.00
DEVL 027 MAP Strategic Content Tutoring III (3 hours) $2,100.00
DEVL 028 MAP Strategic Content Tutoring IV (4 hours) $2,800.00
DEVL 029 MAP Strategic Content Tutoring V (5 hours) $3,500.00
DEVL 031 MAP Strategic Content Tutoring Increment (May) $325.00
DEVL 032 DAY-TIME CHECK-IN (w/MAP/LBP - 40 hours) $1,000.00
DEVL 033 DAY-TIME CHECK-IN (40 hours) $1,800.00

*The listed fee structure applies to the 2014-2015 academic year.

 

Lindamood-Bell ® Learning Methods

The Learning Center has utilized the Lindamood-Bell ® approach in one of its fee-based programs since 1992. Classes offering instruction in this technique help students who have reading, writing, mathematical, cognitive processing, and verbal expressive difficulties. Consistent application using Lindamood-Bell ® methods will improve skills required for accurate decoding, quick word recognition, and comprehension for the increased volume of information facing today’s college student. Test scores and improved academic performance have validated a record of success with our students. The components of this program include: LiPS ® (Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing ®), SI ® (Symbol Imagery ®), V/V ® (Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension ®), and Application (applying these skills to actual course work). Students will focus on one or more of the following instructional components as needed.

LiPS ® is a process-oriented approach to word reading using articulatory feedback to enable individuals to verify and conceptualize the identity, number, and order of phoneme segments within single and multi-syllable words. This auditory conceptual judgment can then be applied for independence and self-correction in reading and spelling.

SI ® focuses on creating fluid sight readers by developing their skill in orthographic processing.  The ability to create images of individual letters and the patterns of spelling in memory is critical for sight reading and fluency.  Students develop skill in coding letters, syllables, and words through air-writing and manipulation.

V/V ® focuses on developing reading and language comprehension by stimulating the ability to create an imaged gestalt or "whole" from concepts in oral and written language and then using the imaged "whole" as the base from which to process high level comprehension and critical thinking skills. Some of these skills involve main idea, inference, conclusion, prediction, and evaluation.

Application is the phase of this program where students learn to apply the above techniques to their actual college reading, writing, and note-taking.

Fee structure for the classes utilizing Lindamood-Bell ® Techniques*

Level 4 is the initial enrollment phase of this program. The student may level down during subsequent semesters as progress is made and/or as the family indicates.

Level 4 - $3,400 per semester includes 4 hours of full clinical instruction each week plus 1 to 2 hours of guided independent application.

Level 3 - $2,550 per semester includes 3 hours of full clinical instruction each week plus 1 to 2 hours of guided independent application.

Level 2 - $1,700 per semester includes 2 hours of weekly application clinical instruction each week plus 1 to 2 hours of guided independent application.

Level 1 - $850 per semester includes 1 hour weekly of application clinical instruction each week plus 1 to 2 hours of guided independent application.

*The listed fee structure applies to the 2014-2015 academic year.

Lindamood-Bell ®, LiPS ®, V/V ®, Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing ®, and Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking ® are trademarks of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes (http://www.lindamoodbell.com). Lindamood-Bell in no way guarantees the quality of the materials or services that may be supplied by West Virginia Wesleyan College. Wesleyan College is not affiliated with, certified, endorsed, licensed, monitored or sponsored by Lindamood-Bell, Nanci Bell, Phyllis Lindamood or Pat Lindamood.


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