Learning Strategies

Niagara College provides the services of a Learning Strategist to assist students who have learning difficulties in achieving their fullest potential.
Learning Strategists help students build academic strength by developing customized learning techniques. These techniques maximize learning potential while minimizing the impact of learning challenges and/or learning disabilities.

What are Learning Strategies?

Learning Strategies can be thought of as approaches to learning course material that allow the student to interact more effectively with their material. Thinking of these approaches as tools reveals the need to select the appropriate tool, as not every tool will work for every student or task.

What does a Learning Strategist do?

Our Learning Strategists work individually with students to identify sources of a student’s difficulties and introduce the student to tools that would be effective for their needs. The Strategist also provides guided opportunities for applying these tools.

In order to access the services of a Learning Strategist, a student must first meet with a disability counsellor and: a) provide valid confirmation of a learning disability; or b) be on the wait list for psychoeducational testing for a learning disability; or c) have other disabilities and be referred by the counsellor.

Common Areas Where Learning Strategies Help:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Researching
  • Note-Taking
  • Test/Exam Preparation
  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Concentration and Attention
  • Memory and retention