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The Learning Centre: Our Mission Statement

Mission Statement 

The Douglas College Learning Centre endeavours to support students in their efforts to develop study strategies and academic skills required for academic success.

Tutoring approach

The Learning Centre is here to help you become more successful in your courses. Peer tutors can help you work on your academic skills (writing, reading, study, math and computer skills) and your understanding of course concepts.

Peer tutors are students who are hired and trained by the Learning Centre. They are not college instructors; when they can't help you, they may refer you to a Learning Centre faculty member or to your instructor.

Goals focused on serving students

  • To provide services and resources that help students develop their abilities to succeed independently in current and future courses and in lifelong learning
  • To use a learner-centred approach
    • By informally assessing individual students, helping them:
      • Evaluate their learning strengths and needs
      • Develop realistic learning goals and strategies
    • By fostering a collaborative, adult learning environment which reflects the belief that every person can learn from others and help others learn
    • By providing individualized peer tutoring which focuses on students developing the skills and strategies they need to succeed independently
  • To help students:
    • Develop core competency skills, including
      • Spoken, written and intercultural communication
      • Information and technological literacy
      • Quantitative and analytical reasoning
    • Develop strategies for mastering course content

Goals focused on tutors

  • To employ students and provide them with training and ongoing support to work as effective peer tutors
  • To provide students with leadership opportunities

Goals focused on our relationship to the rest of the college

  • To support individual student learning by adding to the academic supports provided through instructors and other services and by referring students elsewhere in the college when appropriate
  • To share resources and information about tutoring and learning skills
  • To contribute to awareness in the College community of diverse students’ academic needs, barriers and strengths

Goal focused on Learning Centre development

  • To conduct ongoing assessment and evaluation of the Learning Centre’s role within the changing needs of the College community