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Appendix A

Description of the Learning Strategist Position Across Five Ontario Colleges and Universities.

College University
A Learning Strategist:

  • Understands how disabilities impact learning
  • Helps students to identify how they learn best
  • Presents ways that students can use their strengths to overcome weaknesses
  • Integrates adaptive technologies and learning strategies
  • Guides students on how to achieve their academic goals
Our Learning Strategist is a knowledgeable professional who will work with students to help make the most of their academic experience.
The learning strategist provides one-on-one support related to:

  • Writing skills
  • The writing process & structure of essays
  • Study strategies & techniques
  • Time management & organizational skills
  • Technology to support learning
  • Motivation
Our Learning and Accessibility Advisor supports students with learning disabilities and provides learning strategies for success. We can create individualized Student Success Profiles to identify learning needs and recommend teaching tips and learning strategies and well as coordinate peer tutoring services.

The Learning Strategists will help you enhance your academic skills, including critical thinking, note taking, essay writing, problem solving, and exam preparation.

Learning Strategist (LS): is a trained counsellor and learning disabilities specialist, who can assist you in the following areas:

  • Understand your Psychological report. The LS will meet with you and explain your report in easy-to-understand language. This will help you understand what your learning disability is all about, and help you understand why you require certain accommodations in classes and for tests.
  • Help you develop higher-level thinking skills. This can mean getting assistance with: time management, organizational skills, problem solving, memory, and planning and editing your essays. These skills can also be helpful in other aspects of your personal life. These are known as your metacognitive skills.
  • Help you with improving: reading comprehension, writing, spelling, note-taking, study skills, test-taking skills, and researching.
  • Assessment of learning problems for students in academic jeopardy.
The Learning Strategists are available to discuss programs and support services for students with disabilities. These may include physical/mobility impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment, learning disability or other health conditions such as epilepsy, arthritis, diabetes, asthma or multiple sclerosis which may interfere with or hinder a student’s academic performance.
University offers an Enhance Services Program (ESP) for students with specific learning disabilities.
Enhanced services include:

  • Admission, Orientation and Transition support
  • L.D. screening and assessment
  • Individualized education planning
    Adaptive technology training and support
  • Mentoring program
Learning Strategists work with students with confirmed Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, or Acquired Brain Injury to teach strategies to help students succeed in their programs. Services include:

  • Assessing academic strengths and challenges
  • Developing sets of learning strategies to meet individual needs
  • Teaching academic skills such as study strategies, note-taking techniques, communication formats, reading strategies, time management, and organization
  • Assessment of, and training in, the use of assistive technology
    Supporting transition to the workplace
Learning Strategist provides individualized study strategies which may include:

  • assessment of current study patterns
  • organizational skills
  • reading, writing, math
  • time management
  • studying for exams
  • note taking

    The study strategies are customized based on the student's psycho-ed assessment, their program of study, and the student's individual need.
We offer enhanced services for students with documented learning disabilities. Our Learning Strategist will assist you in developing learning approaches that use your existing skills and build on your strengths. Students work on an individual basis or in small groups to achieve success. The Learning Strategist can help you to:

  • Gain further understanding of your learning disability and how it impacts your learning
  • Communicate information about your disability so that you can speak to instructors, staff and others about your accommodation needs
  • Use your strengths to compensate for areas in which you may have limitations
  • Assess your study skills and routines in order to maximize the use of your time
  • Learn metacognitive skills to enhance your note-taking and studying abilities
  • Acquire memory techniques that will enable you to retain more information for tests and exams
  • Organize your time to suit personal needs
  • Help you develop a plan for accomplishing tasks and diminishing stress
  • Expand critical thinking skills (analyzing, reading, writing) to be used in completing assignments
  • Develop further understanding of techniques for writing essays
  • Learn techniques for doing in-class preparation

New and returning students with LD and/or ADHD meet with the Learning Disabilities Strategist to review documentation, discuss individual goals, academic concerns and exam/classroom accommodations. Students are encouraged to schedule follow-up visits throughout the semester, at which time you may address a range of issues from study-skills, to time management, to essay writing, to general strategy instruction, depending on particular learning needs.