Learners come in all shapes and sizes.

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    Understanding your goals and knowing how you learn best can help you make good learning choices as you move through your college career and beyond.  The resources described on this website can help you learn more about yourself as a learner, develop or strengthen the skills you will need as you encounter more and more complex material, and make choices that are appropriate for yourself in any learning setting. So go ahead, dig in!

    Featured Tip

    Research suggests that exercise is the best thing you can do to improve your learning. In particular, 30 minutes of aerobic exercise a day, four to five days a week is the suggested for improving learning.

    Featured Book

    Did you know your brain is not hard-wired?  Physical changes occur in your brain when you learn because it is actually soft-wired.  Interested in learning more about your brain?  Read John B. Arden's Rewire Your Brain, Think Your Way to a Better Life

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    To watch this video with captions, click on the CC button.  Please note, YouTube Translations is still in beta testing.

    Academic Coaching and Consultations

    Image of a conversation bubbleWe are happy to meet with you to discuss academic goals and current course progress, to help motivate you toward success, and to provide information about a variety of study skills. Our professional staff are available to meet with you in single or multiple sessions if requested.  Referrals to campus and community resources will be made when appropriate and informal disability screenings are offered.

    To request an appointment please complete our online consultation form.  We can also match you with a trained peer academic coach.  Let us know if you are interested in being matched with a peer when you complete the online consultations form.
    Complete our consultation form now >>

    ARCC | Academic Renewal Course and Coaching Program

    Interested in learning more about learning? This one (1) credit, seven-week learning course (DEV 055) will help you enhance your current approaches to learning and studying. The course includes one-on-one academic coaching. Complete our inquiry form to reserve a seat or to learn more about the course. 
    Complete our ARCC inquiry form now >>

    What do students say about the course?

    • "I expected it to be a lecturing course where I was told what I did wrong and to not do it again but it was so much more than that, great class."
    • "I learned more efficient ways of approaching study habits. I learned to work on projects a little each day. I also learned better ways of approaching professors."
    • "I liked the end result of getting my act together!"

    FIRST | Fully Integrated Resource, Support, and Transition Program

    Image of chapel The FIRST Program provides students with a total package of academic support integrated into their regular schedule of courses.  Participation in FIRST is offered free of additional charge to a small number of students whose academic profile and experience suggest that they will benefit from a structured transition to college. In accepting admission to the University of Dayton, all FIRST students and their parents/guardians sign a contract indicating their understanding of the expectations for participants in the program.  The following link includes a full explanation of the terms of the FIRST program.  This document is not official.  If you are admitted into FIRST, Admissions will send you the official terms of agreement. 
    Read the example terms of Agreement with explanations (opens PDF) >>
    Printable Terms of Agreement to sign and submit (opens pdf)>>

    FIRST students are enrolled in a course titled The Art & Science of Learning (UDI 175) in the fall semester. As the anchor for the program, this course is designed to engage students in discussion and activities that will enhance their learning and study skills.  Students will explore the intersection of research in neuroscience, psychology, and educational psychology with their own experience of and needs in learning. The course will ask students to synthesize what they’re learning from their UD experiences in classes, residence halls, and co-curricular activities with what they’re learning about themselves in this class. The goal of the course is to teach students meta-cognition skills that will help them become successful in college. The credit hours for this course apply toward the student’s total credit hours for graduation. The Art and Science of Learning was created by professional staff from OLR in ongoing collaboration with faculty from academic departments.

    FIRST students also attend learning support sessions offered for several of the courses in which they are enrolled during their first semester. These are usually small group, activity-based sessions led by students who are trained as course facilitators. The FIRST Program is administered by OLR in collaboration with the Office of Admissions and the College of Arts and Sciences. 

    Special thanks to the following faculty that contributed to the course design: Thomas Eggemeier, Ph.D., Psychology, Said Elhamri, Ph.D., Physics, and Michele M Welkener, Ph.D., Educational Leadership.

    Study Resources

    The following resources are designed to help you improve your learning and enhance your academic performance at UD. Try strategies that you think will work for you. And remember that you need to adapt any new strategy to meet your particular needs and practice it over a period of time in order to figure out whether it is helping you. If it isn't, try another.


    If you want to learn more about your learning preferences, try these free assessments.
    Discovery Wheel >>
    Learning Styles Online >>
    Study Space Assessment (opens a PDF file) >>
    Visual Aural Read/Write and Kinesthetic (VARK) Assessment >>

    Learning Tools

    Check out our helpful learning strategies and resources that may enhance your academic success.
    Explore applications (apps) for mobile technology >>
    Explore free learning technologies >>
    Explore study skills resources to enhance your learning >>

    Grade Point Average Calculator

    DegreeWorks offers a useful GPA Calculator to help you determine what grades you need to achieve your academic goals.
    Log on to Porches now to use DegreeWorks >>

    Supplemental Instruction

    Image of group of peopleDid you know that research suggest that group study is most effective for most learners?  If you are enrolled in a class that offers Supplemental Instruction (SI), your class will have an SI Leader - a peer facilitator, who holds two weekly scheduled review sessions outside of class hours for you and other students in your class. Your SI Leader will attend your class every day, so she or he will know exactly what your professor is telling you and asking you to learn.  Research also tells us that attending a SI session is roughly the equivalent of studying 2.5 hours alone.*

    SI review sessions are times to work collaboratively with your SI Leader and the other students in your class to solidify your understanding of class material. You might work with others to compare and complete your notes from class, prepare together for an upcoming test, practice solving problems like those your instructor is introducing, or draw concept maps to help you organize and learn new material from class.

    • “SI helps to reiterate what I’ve learned in class, and makes details that I may not have caught on my own more memorable.”
    • “SI helped me to better understand the material we went over in class, we looked at the material from a different perspective and went over the notes to prepare for the exam and class. “
    • "SI was very helpful. We repeated material more thoroughly and played games to make learning interesting."

    View the learning support guide now >>
    Learn more about becoming a SI Leader now >>

    *John, D. W., Johnson, R. T., & Smith, K. A. (1991).  Cooperative learning: Increasing college faculty instructional productivity (ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 4)  Washington, DC:  George Washington University.

    Transition to College

    A transition means passing from one state or place to another. In this case, you are transitioning from one academic experience to the UD. For most students college is very different, and living away from your family (if that's what you're going to do) may also be something new for you. Gearing up for this change can help you feel better prepared and help you adjust more quickly once you arrive on campus. Our office encourages you and your parents/guardians to explore the following resources about the pre-admission process as preparation for a smooth transition to college.

    The University of Dayton gives balanced consideration to all aspects of a student's college preparation. While no minimum grade point average, class rank or standardized test score is specified, these measures must provide evidence of the applicant's readiness for college studies in their chosen academic program.
    Learn more about admission to UD >>

    Be prepared for your college admission test. If you are concerned about taking your college admission test, be sure to explore the resources available to you before you take your exam. The are numerous test-prep guides and practice exams to help you prepare for college admissions tests. Check out resources available in your community or on the web. Here are a few resources to get you going.

    Learn more about ACT prep on the ACT, Inc. website >>
    Learn more about ACT prep on the Kaplan website >> 
    Learn more about ACT prep on with Sylvan Learning website >>
    Learn more about ACT prep on the Study Tips website >> 
    Learn more about ACT prep on the Spark Notes website >> 

    Carefully consider what to include in your personal statement. The University of Dayton application asks applicants to write a personal statement. This is your opportunity to say whatever you feel you need to say about yourself. For example, you can talk about your character, your achievements or your dreams. In addition, if you feel your high school performance was adversely affected by unique circumstances, you may want to provide additional information about this in your personal statement. Get connected on campus early. Getting connected with the resources at the University of Dayton is an important step. Here is a list of tips that will help you get connected.

    • Make personal contact with an Admission Counselor. 
    • Arrange to make a daytime or overnight visit. Talk to students, faculty and staff during your visit to campus. 
    • Make personal contact or arrange appointments with offices of particular interest and ask plenty of questions.

    Explore more the Transition Year Organization's website >>
    Explore more about transition resources on the College Board website >>
    Learn more about transition to college on the Family Education website >> 
    Review our tips for registrations (opens PDF) >>

    Walk In Tutoring

    Image of two people working togetherFree tutoring is available for many entry-level courses and some upper-level classes. If you attend Walk In Tutoring, you will work individually or in small groups with a Tutor. Walk In Tutoring takes place on the second floor in the Marianist Hall Learning Space. This space is warm, inviting, and accessible for all learners. When you arrive at Walk-In Tutoring, you will be greeted by one of our friendly Customer Service Assistants who will make sure you get connected with an appropriate Tutor. Bi-lingual Tutors are available on designated evenings.  Additional math tutoring is available in the Science Center.  Check out the Learning Support Guide for details.   

    What are students saying about tutoring?

    • "They all worked as a team to help me understand what the problem was asking before they helped me solve it."
    • "He didn't’t just do the problem for me, he showed me helpful tricks and his strategy for solving problems."
    • "He must have used magic because I completely understand everything. I was stressed out thinking I was going to fail my final, but now I’m going to get a 100%!!"
    Learn more about what to expect and what to do to prepare for tutoring on campus >>

    View the learning support guide now >>
    Learn more about becoming a Tutor >>

    Tutoring by Appointment

    Appointment Tutoring for All Students
    Tutoring by appointment is available for the courses listed below during the fall and spring semesters.  If you are currently enrolled in one of these courses and are interested in scheduling a tutoring session, you can complete our online request form.  We are unable to guarantee that a tutor can be found for each requested and approved course. This service does not begin until 9/8/2014

    Arabic (all language courses)
    Chinese (all language courses)
    Communications 100
    French (all language courses)
    German (all language courses)
    Italian (all language courses)
    Latin (all language courses)
    Psychology 101
    Russian (100 level langauage courses)
    Spanish (all language courses)
    Sociology 101

    Complete a tutor request form now for your course >>

    Students with Disabilities
    Scheduled tutoring appointments may be requested by registered and pre-approved students with disabilities.  Approvals for these requests are determined by our office. We are unable to guarantee that a Tutor can be found for each requested and approved course. 
    Complete a tutor request form now for students with disabilities >>

    Student Athletes
    All current student athletes have the ability to schedule tutoring by appointment through Tutor Trac. This form should only be completed if a Tutor is not listed for a specific course in Tutor Trac. Approvals for these requests are determined by the Office of Academic Services for Student Athletes (OASSA).
    Complete a tutor request form now for student athletes  >>