Learning Center

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COVID-19 – Learning Center Updates

As you prepare to work away from campus, we want to let you know that the Learning Center is here to support you in accessing course materials and sorting out strategies for doing your work in a new environment. We understand that there are many moving parts to this transition so please do not hesitate to contact us at our individual emails. Please let us know what time zone you are in when you contact us.

Email Addresses:

You can also contact us at:

Front Desk Line: (330) 263-2595 – Voicemail will be checked once a day in the morning. Please leave your name with correct spelling, your phone number, why you are calling and what time zone you are in. Messages that are not understandable will not be returned.

We will do our best to get back to you within 1-2 days during the week and within 2-3 days if your inquiry is received after 5 p.m. or on the weekend.   

Frequently asked questions

How do I make an appointment with the Learning Center?

The LC is still open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All appointments will be virtual via Microsoft Teams. You should download Microsoft 365. Please know that we are working from our homes and will be adjusting right along with you!

Refer to this link to make an appointment.

Who should I contact for:

The Learning Center recognizes that old ways of keeping track of assignments may no longer work as well as they used to. Thanks to the clever ideas of fellow students, the LC is happy to provide the following fillable Weekly Schedule document. In this template, you can fill in your individual classes and keep track of what you need to do for each day while planning for what you have coming up. We have even provided an example so students can see how they may use it best, but feel free to personalize it. Fill out this Weekly Schedule and make an appointment with an LC staff member to review that week’s top priorities and get a jump on next week’s goals!

With the switch to all virtual instruction, I anticipate barriers and would like to request accommodations. What are my next steps?

If you are registered with the LC, please set up a meeting and find a meeting time with Amber Larson to discuss next steps.

If you are not currently registered with the LC, please follow the steps outlined on the LC Disability Support services webpage

What exams are online? How do I get extended time for an online exam?  

The LC will not be proctoring exams while the College's instruction remains online only. Please communicate with your instructors in advance to discuss exam accommodations for your courses.  

Some instructors may opt for alternative assessments (e.g. essays, untimed exams), which would not require exam accommodations.  

If your instructor is creating timed online exams, please notify your instructor two days prior to the exam if you will need extended time. Academic departments are responsible for setting up extended testing time in Moodle.  

Amber Larson is available to instructors and students to consult about unique circumstances.  

I currently receive peer notes assigned in my in-person class. Now that class is online, will I still receive a copy of the notes?  

Once you have learned from your instructor how they will adapt the course for virtual instruction, please let the LC know if you would like to continue receiving notes. You can email Kaylynne regarding peer notes.

You may find that you no longer need a note-taker due to the course design changes. For example, lectures that are prerecorded videos can be watched at your own pace. On the other hand, some instructors may still opt for scheduled class meetings with real-time communication using Microsoft Teams or other platforms.

How do I receive English Language Learning (ELL) support when learning at a distance?

Students who need ELL support should set up an appointment with Carla Reyes or Linda Weaver. Students will be able to receive written feedback via email as well as have virtual meetings with ELL staff. If you would like to consult on the best way for you to receive ELL support, please contact Carla Reyes.

How do I learn online when I am used to in-person classes?

The Learning Center understands that many students may be new to the online learning platform. This document offers many tips and tricks on how to make this adjustment easier. It may also be useful to make an appointment with a staff member to review the options and how they can work best for you.

About the Learning Center

Whether you are a straight-A student or a student experiencing academic difficulty, the Learning Center staff welcomes you. We are committed to empowering you to be intentional about and fully engaged in your own academic experience.

We focus on your unique goals. Our caring, professional staff members can help you equip yourself to confidently meet your academic challenges from First Year Seminar through Senior Independent Study. We will collaborate with you to develop personalized strategies to learn and study effectively, both in and out of the classroom. We can also connect you to essential campus resources that can assist you in creating an exceptional college experience.

We want to help students thrive – for a lifetime. We don’t just want to help you graduate: we want you to develop enduring skills that will help you achieve your goals on your next exam, during the next semester, and in your endeavors after graduation!

Meet with Learning Center Staff

The Learning Center offers many resources for students: appointments with professional staff or peer tutors, Disability Support Services, and English Language Learning.

Academic Skill Development

Do you want to feel like you are thriving in your classes, instead of just getting by? Whether you are struggling with academics or you simply want to be a more effective and efficient student, you can enhance your learning strategies inside and outside the classroom. Our staff can help you strengthen your academic skills such as time management, note-taking methods, test-preparation strategies, or I.S. planning. Read more or schedule an appointment with a staff member.

Disability Support Services

Are you seeking information and support for your disability? By working together, we can determine appropriate academic accommodations and services at the collegiate level.

English Language Learning (ELL)

Are you adapting to using English in the classroom? Are you adjusting to the American academic system? The English Language Learning staff can help international students with language learning and/or adjusting to the American academic system.

Peer Tutoring

Quantum mechanics? Moles? Markets? Mitochondria? Are you trying to make sense of a specific class and wishing you had some additional help? By giving just one hour a week, you can be paired with a peer tutor and get individual assistance from a trained student who has excelled in that class! Peer tutors can help you understand assignments, explain key concepts, and offer feedback in courses in seven departments, including chemistry, physics, economics and biology. See the list of available fields of study and learn how to request a peer tutor.

Events and Workshops

You may be a freshman wanting to start out strong.  Or maybe you are overwhelmed by the end of semester workload as exams approach and papers are due! The Learning Center offers special programs throughout the year and throughout your career at the College of Wooster. Look for our Events and Workshops and on the APEX event calendar!

Other College of Wooster Resources

Library: A hub for the breadth of The College of Wooster's reading and research resources.

Writing Center: Consultations for any writing project for any course.

Math Center: Assistance for introductory math courses.

STEM Success Initiative: A supportive community of students, staff, and faculty engaged in introductory mathematics and science courses.