The Learning Specialist Program
: The Student-Athlete Academic Support Services' Learning Specialist
program is designed to help student-athletes transition from high school to
college and reach their potential in the classroom. Our Intervention
Learning Specialists (ILS) are committed to helping student athletes thrive
both inside and outside the classroom. ILSs work one-on-one with student
athletes helping them become more strategic learners by cultivating
effective study habits and improving time management skills.
Topics ILSs may cover include:
How to set productive learning goals
Effective note taking strategies
Becoming an active learner
How to use critical thinking
Learning Specialist Program Questions and Answers:
What is the purpose of this program?
This program helps students sharpen various academic skills necessary for
college-level learning. Transitioning from high school to college can
present new challenges for student athletes. These challenges are most
easily met by using academic strategies designed specifically for student
athletes. The ILS program offers an opportunity for students to speed the
process of this transition, which helps lower stress and increase
Who participates in the program?
Student athletes are selected when their academic coordinator, other
academic support staff, and coaches believe they can make the most of the
support this program offers. For specific details, please contact the ILS
program coordinator (Jennifer Seabaugh: firstname.lastname@example.org, 513.529.6815)
or our full-time ILS and academic coordinator (Nancy Stewart:
3. How long do students participate in this program?
It depends. Some students participate for a year and others stay in the
program until they graduate. Students who work proactively with their ILS,
develop a successful academic plan, demonstrate consistent use of essential
academic strategies, and achieve a satisfactory GPA (> 2.5) may leave
the program as early as the end of their freshman year. Some students who
have been offered the option to exit the program have asked to continue
working with their ILS. These requests are considered on a case-by-case
4. How does a student get started?
An ILS will contact selected students either the week before classes start
or during the 1st week of classes. The ILS and the student plan
an initial meeting that fits both of their schedules. During the first
meeting, the ILS and student will set regular weekly meeting days and
times, discuss courses, and design a time management strategy, among other
things. The student and ILS will then work together throughout the
semester, using an academic plan that works for each student.
5. Where will meetings take place?
Meetings typically take place in one of the study rooms in the Gross
6. Does each student always meet with the same ILS?
Typically, we pair students with one ILS and the student meets with the
same person throughout the semester; ideally, students will remain with the
same ILS throughout their time in the program.
7. I'm a student athlete and I want to be in the ILS program; what
can I do?
Students who believe they can benefit from the program should contact the
ILS program coordinator (Jennifer Seabaugh: email@example.com,
513.529.6815) or our full-time ILS and academic coordinator (Nancy Stewart:
firstname.lastname@example.org, 513.529.8005). If there is no space in the program,
we will direct you toward comparable resources on campus.