General Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the goal of Student Learning Services?

Student Learning Services seeks to assist students with a variety of academic and organizational needs through academic success coaching, academic accommodations, tutorial services, and academic success workshops. There is no charge to students for any of these services.

2. What services are available?

  • Individual and group tutoring in a variety of academic areas
  • Academic Accommodations

3. How do I request academic accommodations?

Because we recognize that some students may need additional support within their learning environments, academic accommodations may be available to students with psychiatric, learning, or medical conditions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Requests are considered on an individual basis. Contact the Coordinator of Student Learning Services  for accommodation requests.

4. How do I request tutorial services?

Students will sign a “Tutorial Agreement Form” or complete the agreement form online at the Student Learning Services home page to request individual or group services. This form requires students to identify the class for which they are requesting tutoring as well as the name of their instructor and advisor. By signing the form, tutees grant permission to SLS to discuss their progress with Aquinas College instructors.

5. Who will be tutoring me?

Tutoring services are provided by the Coordinator of SLS, professional tutors, and academically successful peer tutors.

6. How will the tutoring session be conducted?

During the initial tutoring session, the tutor will assess a student’s academic and study skills needs and develop a plan for services. Individual, small and large group sessions will be scheduled on a weekly basis. All students receiving services are required to come to each session prepared with specific questions for their tutor. Failure to come prepared may result in the canceling of a given session. All tutored students are encouraged to develop effective study skills strategies during the semester.

7. What happens after each session?

After each tutoring session a Tutor’s Report will be completed by the tutor detailing the material covered during the session. Reports  may be emailed to the instructor and the student’s advisor, upon request.

8.  What does the Tutor’s Report include?

  • Assessment, needs, and comments
  • Plan for services
  • Tutor’s comments and plan
  • Date the student is scheduled to return

9. Who can use SLS tutoring services?

Our services are open to all Aquinas students. However, a student whose course grades are excellent or very good may be restricted to group tutoring sessions so that individual sessions are available for struggling students.

10. Where can I find out more information?

If you have any questions, please call 615.297.7545 or stop by the Student Learning Services Office located in the Aquinas Center Library.