The Learning Center is committed to providing collaborative, peer-based academic success strategies with a theoretical foundation in growth mindset.[i] When students believe they can learn, their behavior changes: effort and attitude foster success. Students learn when they are presented with challenging material in a collaborative environment. Peer tutors and SI leaders are facilitators who are trained to collaborate with students to guide them to engage in inquiry-based learning, which empowers students, increases motivation and engagement, fosters a love for learning, teaches perseverance and self-regulation, promotes deep learning as opposed to memorizing facts and content, enables students to take ownership of their own learning, and nurtures passions and talents.[i] Carol S. Dweck. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Ballantine Books, 2007.
The mission of the Learning Center is to enhance the academic success of Ball State University students by providing free peer tutoring, Academic Coaching, Supplemental Instruction, and test proctoring for students with disabilities. In addition, the Learning Center serves as a scholarly pre-professional experience for undergraduate and graduate student employees. Finally, the Learning Center strives to impact the extended university community through collaboration with faculty and staff and through outreach programs.
Maintain the university’s commitment to the promotion of student success by providing academic assistance through peer tutoring, Academic Coaching, Supplemental Instruction, and program development which pertains to specific classes as well as broader academic skills.
- Develop in each student the skills necessary for the attainment of academic, career, and life goals.
- Contribute to the retention rate of first-year students.
- Contribute to the four-year graduation rate of first-year students.
- Continue professional training of the professional and student staff so that current theories, research, and teaching strategies are implemented within the program.
- Guide students to reach their academic potential while realizing the benefits of academic collaboration.
- Students who participate in Supplemental Instruction will develop study skills and a greater understanding of course content, and they will successfully complete high-risk courses.
- Students who attend tutoring sessions will be successful in gaining study skills and content knowledge in a relaxed, informal learning environment with their peers. They will benefit from interactive tutoring sessions that focus on problem-solving and critical reading and thinking.
- Students who meet regularly with an Academic Coach will develop and follow an individualized plan throughout the semester. They will learn to take control of and direct personal learning experiences in and out of the classroom using study strategies and all campus resources.
- All students with disabilities who are registered with the Office of Disability Services and choose to take advantage of our test proctoring services will receive accommodations that are flexible, individualized, and confidential.