LEARNING PARTNERS PROGRAM

Program Mission: To provide students diagnosed with learning disabilities and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder the individualized support and coaching they need to develop their learning skills, realize their academic goals and work toward becoming successful independent learners.

At Louisburg College, we recognize that students with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder can benefit from specialized instruction and coaching, in addition to accommodations, as they transition to the academic demands of college. To meet this need, we have developed a unique program that addresses the individual learning needs of these students. Louisburg College's Learning Partners program offers a comprehensive, research-based approach to serving college students that few other colleges in the Southeast offer.

In addition to the numerous free academic support programs open to all students at Louisburg, Learning Partners is a fee-based program that is designed to partner the individual student with a learning specialist professionally trained on the graduate level. The learning specialist can assist students in gaining a more refined understanding of their learning needs and strengths, and help them develop strategies and methods that will lead to academic and professional success. Our ultimate goal is to help each student develop the skills that will make him/her a more successful, independent learner.

Students in Learning Partners attend the same low student-to-teacher ratio classes, but also meet privately for one-on-one coaching and instruction with one primary learning specialist for a minimum of two fifty minute sessions per week during the academic year. Extra sessions are available on a first come, first served basis. Additionally, each learning specialist supervises a learning lab where students are welcome to come by any weekday to study individually, use our computers or meet with a study group. Many students find that the learning labs are a great place to get work done in between classes, and are often a better studying environment than their dorm rooms.

Although each student's progress depends upon personal commitment and motivation, the learning specialist helps each student set goals and develop discipline, critical thinking, studying and listening skills. Learning specialists encourage students to take responsibility for their learning, teach methods for becoming better organized, and explain the value of taking an active role in the learning process. In addition, specialists give individualized instruction to students to supplement the information in the classroom and course texts.

Our learning specialists also help students develop self-advocacy skills, encouraging them to gain practice and confidence in communicating with instructors, faculty, and staff, a talent that will serve them well in all aspects of their future.

Learning Partners is uniquely structured to help students who learn differently to realize their full potential, to earn an associate's degree in the arts or sciences, and to prepare them for the four-year university experience or a professional career.

For additional information on the Learning Partners Program and the availability of scholarships, please tell us about yourself or contact our offices at 919.497.3236; 1.800.775.0208 ext.3236 or learningservices@louisburg.edu.

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