West Liberty is home to several excellent student resources, one standout being the Learning and Student Development Center or LSDC for short. Located on the first floor of Main Hall, the LSDC is home to a number of services ranging from student led tutoring to career services.
Every semester the LSDC helps a vast number of students in their academic life. In the Fall 2019 semester, 170 students utilized the peer tutoring services, making it the highest number on record at West Liberty. This particular service is what the LSDC is often most noted for, with tutors available in around 20% of the courses offered each semester. “Anybody can always come in here and ask a question and help get an appointment set up,” said Chris McPherson, the student support services coordinator.
Though peer tutoring may be the staple piece of the Learning Center, it is not the only service available to students. The center has two graduate assistant academic coaches, Yafeu Rougier and Brian Campbell.
“Basically, academic coaching for us is where we help students examine their academic concerns and their barriers to success,” said Rougier. “We work with students and we work on their strengths and weaknesses and find a personalized plan to help them alleviate some of their areas of concern.”
The help provided is specific to each student and meetings with the academic coaches are one on one. “We work on little things that can make them a better student such as things like time management, studying, note-taking, test taking – a bunch of different things like that that will help them excel in the classroom and outside,” said Campbell.
Last semester, eight students used the academic coaching service, the largest number so far in a fall semester. Academic coaching can be beneficial for all students. Underclassmen, upperclassmen and graduate students can all make use of the service, regardless of age or where they are in their academic career. Both Rougier and Campbell made note of how mature students and commuters can embrace academic coaching as well. “They have this notion that academic coaching is limited to that of new students like freshman, sophomores, that type of thing. So, the academic coaching really isn’t just limited to these types of students, it is for anybody,” said Rougier.
In addition to peer tutoring and academic coaching, the LSDC offers study labs which provide students with an environment to work together and learn collaboratively. The study lab schedule for the spring 2020 semester can be seen here.
The LSDC also offers career services. McPherson says “This is an area we are trying to grow this semester specifically through our sharing of internships, job opportunities and hopefully offering a couple of different workshops like resume building and interview skills.”
The center itself offers a calm, comfortable environment to study or relax between classes with multiple rooms, and plenty of candy. Currently, around 10-15 students come into the center every day, a number the staff are trying to grow.
The LSDC is somewhat of a hidden gem on campus and it’s services can be valuable to all students on campus whether it be from academic coaching or simply providing a study spot. For more information contact Chris McPherson by email at [email protected] and follow the Learning and Student Development Center on Instagram and Twitter at @wlu_lsdc for updates on study labs and tutoring services.