Baldwin Wallace's Learning Center engages and empowers undergraduate students to become active, independent learners. The Learning Center provides innovative, diverse support programs, services and resources designed to encourage unique student development and to promote academic excellence.
Tutorial services are available for undergraduate students at Baldwin Wallace in most subject areas. There is not an additional fee, as the cost is included in your tuition. The Learning Center's peer tutors are recommended by BW faculty and have received an A or B in the course(s) for which they provide tutoring. Our tutors participate in a rigorous training program to ensure consistent quality service.
We offer the following tutoring services:
- Individual Tutoring: Individual tutors are available in most subjects.
- Drop-in Tutoring: We provide drop-in tutoring for biology, business, chemistry, math, physics and writing.
- Smarthinking Online Tutoring: Online tutoring is offered in a variety of subjects on drop-in, pre-scheduled and/or asynchronous basis.
- eTutoring: This is a supplement to in-person tutoring for subjects including accounting, biology, chemistry, statistics and writing.
If you want to enhance your current skills or learn new ones to aid in your academic success, academic coaching is for you. Academic coaching is an individual consultation session for students with one of the Learning Center staff members. During the consultation, you will learn to improve your study habits while developing new strategies for academic success. Each session is personalized to fit your individual needs. During a coaching session, we may examine your learning style, discuss approaches to the learning process or identify barriers that hinder your academic success. You will create your academic success plan in collaboration with your coach. Topics covered during academic coaching often include:
- Creating a study plan
- Concentration and memory
- Goal setting
- Learning and study strategies inventory (LASSI)
- Learning styles
- Note taking
- Organizational skills
- Reading strategies
- Self-advocacy and University resources
- Self-management (avoiding procrastination, creating a study schedule, prioritizing tasks)
- Stress management
- Test anxiety, test preparation and test-taking strategies
Transitioning to college-level mathematics may be challenging for many students. The Learning Center offers academic support for BW undergraduate students. We assess individual strengths and areas needing further development through our free drop-in and individual tutoring sessions. Whether you are looking to improve or just maintain a grade, our knowledgeable staff of tutors and learning specialists can assist in identifying areas of difficulty and sharpening the skills necessary for becoming successful mathematics students, critical thinkers and problem solvers. The Learning Center provides helpful suggestions and best practices when studying mathematics/sciences and overcoming math anxiety.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that targets historically difficult courses. Historically difficult courses have a high rate of D or F grades and withdrawals. SI is a non-remedial approach to course mastery that increases student performance (grades) and retention and offers regularly scheduled review sessions open to all students in the targeted course. These study sessions are informal seminars in which students review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and prepare for examinations. Students learn how to integrate course content with reasoning and study strategies.