FAQs: Collaborative Learning Center

What is the CLC?

CLC stands for the Becker College Collaborative Learning Center. The CLC has an office on both the Worcester and Leicester campuses.

The Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) is dedicated to helping all Becker College students achieve their academic goals by providing them with the academic supports crucial to building and strengthening their skills.  The CLC staff fosters a supportive and productive learning environment by helping students to explore their academic potential and strive toward excelling in their chosen field of study.

Professional Learning Specialists and Peer Tutors are available for scheduled tutoring appointments and selected drop-in sessions, as well as study groups and workshops.  Whether you need to study for a test, figure out how to solve word problems, or could use some help writing and formatting a paper, our dedicated and knowledgeable staff is here to support you.

» Where are you located, and when are you open?
» What types of services does the Collaborative Learning Center offer?
» How do I schedule an appointment?
» When should I come to the CLC tutoring center?
» How much do CLC services cost?
» How do I submit my papers online for review by a writing specialist?
» Why do students come to the CLC?
» What if I’m a student with learning disabilities?  How do I find out about academic and/or housing accommodations?

 

Q: Where are you located, and when are you open?

Locations

  • Worcester Campus: 30 Roxbury St., first floor
  • Leicester Campus: Marsh Hall

Regular Hours

  • Fall and spring semesters: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Worcester and Leicester campuses

Extended Hours

  • Fall and spring semesters: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 8 p.m.
  • Worcester and Leicester campuses

Q: What types of services does the Collaborative Learning Center offer?

The CLC offers a variety of services, including:

  • Individual and group tutoring: Students can receive assistance with various content areas, instruction on ways to improve study skills, information about how to take effective notes in class, time management tips, and more.
  • Workshops and study groups: Students can attend workshops and study groups on a variety of topics, such as “Studying for the Sciences” and “Writing That Paper,” in addition to other subject-specific sessions focusing on chemistry, algebra, and writing/grammar.
  • Writing specialists: Our writing specialists help students through the writing process by reviewing papers and offering suggestions in many areas, including grammar, format, and citations (APA, MLA), along with general content and flow. Students also have the option of using our online paper review service.
  • Supplemental Instruction: A support program for selected courses which offers targeted academic assistance in and out of class.

Q: How do I schedule an appointment?

Students can stop by the CLC on either campus, email clc@becker.edu, or call 508.373.9704 to schedule an appointment with a learning specialist and/or peer tutor.

Q: When should I come to the CLC tutoring center?

You can come by any time throughout each academic semester.  Come in at the beginning of each semester if you would like to schedule a regular weekly appointment, as popular time slots fill up quickly.  If you feel you might need more intensive assistance in a certain area, please schedule an appointment to meet with the CLC Director.

Q: How much do CLC services cost?

The CLC provides free academic assistance to all Becker College students.

Q: How do I submit my papers online for review by a writing specialist?

Simply email your paper in .doc format to clc@becker.edu. A writing specialist will review your paper using the track changes feature in Microsoft Office 2010. Upon submission of your paper, please contact the CLC for an appointment to retrieve your paper and discuss any edits. The specialist may offer grammatical suggestions (such as tips on punctuation, verb tense, spelling, and sentence structure) and format corrections, as well as provide recommendations on the general flow and relevance of the paper.

Comments made on your paper are simply suggestions for your review. When submitting your paper, it is important to let us know the specifics of your assignment requirements in order for us to better serve you.

Q: Why do students come to the CLC?

Whether you need to study for a test, figure out how to solve word problems, or could use some help writing and formatting a paper, our dedicated and knowledgeable staff is here to support you.

Q: What if I am a student with learning disabilities?  How do I request academic accommodations?

If you are a student with a documented learning disability, as determined under the ADA and as defined in Chapter 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, you may benefit from certain accommodations.

If you believe you qualify and would benefit from appropriate and reasonable accommodations, please contact the disabilities service coordinator at marylou.roberts@becker.edu or call 508.373.9704 to schedule an appointment for a confidential conversation. It is strongly suggested that students make appointments and/or submit documentation at the beginning of each semester. 

Please download and complete the Disabilities Services/Accommodations Registration Form, to be submitted with your disability documentation, so we can process your information as soon as possible.

Upon review and determination of appropriate accommodations, as authorized by the director of the CLC, the student will be responsible for follow up with his or her individual faculty member(s). All personal information will remain confidential. Discussions with parents or legal guardians are encouraged when supported by FERPA documentation.

You can find more information on our Resources for Students with Disabilities page.

Q: Who do I talk to for information about on-campus housing accommodations?

Students who may benefit from on-campus housing accommodation may complete a Housing Accommodation Application Form.  Students must submit the completed application form (portions to be completed by student and physician) to the Office of Residence Life/Student Affairs prior to the beginning of each academic year in order to be considered for housing accommodations.  Housing Applications are reviewed by the Housing Committee in April for returning students and in June for new students.

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