Each student's Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) provides a completely integrated comprehensive roadmap for the student’s progress through the post-secondary environment. The plan details which specific support services from the Institute’s extensive Menu of Services would benefit and support the student through their learning process. Students are assigned to a learning advisor who, in conjunction with the Institute’s support team, determines the initial Individualized Learning Plan. The ILP is a living and evolving document that changes regularly as a result of ongoing consultation between the student, their learning advisor and the student’s course instructors.
Services include, but are not limited to:
Academic Coaching: A cognitive integrative-based coaching model is used by certified coaches. Executive function issues are addressed, and we explore new learning strategies to reduce symptoms related to deficits in executive functioning.
Assistive Technology: The IAL offers a wide variety of computer software programs (Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Kurzweil, Inspiration, etc.) that help students achieve success with the reading and writing process.
Diagnostic Assessment: The IAL conducts a learning profile assessment (Alpha Profile) for every entering first-year student. Our clinicians also provide psycho-educational and neuropsychological evaluations (WISC, WAIS, etc.) if needed through the Diagnostic Center.
Alternative Testing Environment: With appropriate documentation, all students have the option to take extended-time exams in an alternative testing environment.
DSSO 100: Self as Learner Course: The essence of this 3 credit course revolves around self-awareness, specifically one's metacognition, self-efficacy and self-advocacy, values and ethics and resiliency related to Self as Learner. These themes will be examined from a historical, cultural, and social/environmental perspective to illustrate the interrelationship between Self and Society and the evaluation of their metacognitive effect on one's learning.
Institute Fellows: Select courses within the Dialogues of Learning are taught by Institute Fellows who are trained in accommodating metacognitive instruction pedagogy and who incorporate a variety of different teaching and learning strategies.
J-Term Institute Courses: These academic experiences focus on service to others while providing students the opportunity to interact with those in need both domestically and abroad.
Tutoring: Master’s and doctoral-level professionals offer a variety of tutoring options at the IAL’s Wayser Tutoring Center, including:
- Content tutoring – subject-specific to aid in the student’s comprehension of material presented in class
- Group tutoring – consists of tutors working with small groups of students working on similar projects. This type of tutoring facilitates in building student relations and a sense of universality.
- Individual tutoring – available for students who require more individual attention.
- Process tutoring – focuses on the elements or concepts required for successful writing, speaking and organizing
- Writing Center – an open environment for students which fosters independence in a welcoming atmosphere. Open seven days a week, no appointments are necessary. Students can simply work on their essays, while staff of writing experts offers guidance in the writing process when needed.