Learning Disabilities

Welcome to the Learning Disabilities Department

The Learning Disabilities Department (LD) is an academic department that offers classes in college readiness as well as individualized tutoring. We are located in Larrison Hall, Room 120. We have two classrooms, plus cubicles for individualized tutoring.

When searching for classes in Webadvisor, the Learning Disabilities classes are listed as ACAD classes.

ACAD stands for Academic Skills Workshop. ACAD classes focus on the skills required for college success. These skills include reading strategies, study skills, notetaking, organization, time management, vocabulary, and computer research techniques. Each three-hour class within the department is supplemented by weekly, scheduled, one-hour personalized tutoring sessions in which students may apply the strategies learned in class to their content area courses.

Upon completion of the LD series of classroom offerings, upper-level students are encouraged to enroll in an LD hybrid course that is comprised of weekly two-hour private tutoring sessions in conjunction with an online component.

The following courses include one hour of weekly tutoring:

  • ACAD 081 is a summer course designed to help students transition from high school to college life and to the demanding nature of college courses.
  • ACAD 084 introduces students to the reading and study techniques needed for survival in college courses. Sample topics include reading for comprehension, notetaking, organization and vocabulary.
  • ACAD 085 focuses on language, spelling, vocabulary and thinking skills in addition to expanding communication skills.
  • ACAD 086 helps students develop strategies to manage content-area coursework. Skills include identifying main idea and supporting details of reading materials.
  • ACAD088 introduces students to computer research techniques needed in college courses, including the use of library databases and the creation of PowerPoint presentations.

The following course includes two hours of weekly tutoring:

  • ACAD089 is offered to upper-level students needing one-on-one assistance in their content area courses. In addition to weekly scheduled tutoring sessions, this hybrid course includes an online component in which students are required to respond to weekly questions or to complete short assignments that enable them to further hone the skills acquired in previous LD courses.

Please contact us if you have any questions, or stop in to the department.

Nancy Bennett

Tiffany Wojcicki
Coordinator of Learning Disabilities Department