Among Middlebury College's strengths are the accessibility of faculty and their willingness to help students. All faculty members maintain regular office hours, which are posted on office doors or within department offices.
Whenever students experience difficulty in a course, they are encouraged to first seek help from the respective faculty member. Additional support is also available to help students reach their academic goals. The Office of Learning Resources is located within the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research on the main floor of the Davis Family Library, Suite 225.
Beginning the first week of the semester, on weekdays, the Director of Learning Resources is available to meet with students for individual appointments. The Director assists students in assessing their academic needs and developing skills to meet these needs. Academic time management skills, oral presentation and class discussion skills, select study skills including effective note taking, test preparation, and skills for managing stress and reducing anxiety that interferes with academic performance are necessities for all students to master. Competency in these skills is directly related to academic success and students fulfilling their academic and personal potential at college. These services are available to all Middlebury students and are free of charge. In addition, periodic announcements of study skills seminars will appear in the Middlebury Weekly Calendar, in mailings, and on the Office of Learning Resources Web page. For additional information, call extension 3131 or visit the OLR Web site.
Peer Content Tutors, approved by departmental faculty, are also available to provide supplementary assistance for entry-level courses. The peer tutor program provides group drop-in study sessions for most academic subjects. In addition, individual peer tutoring is provided for subjects not covered by study group sessions, or when recommended by the faculty in a specific course. For additional information, see the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research Web site.
Quantitative skills and reasoning ability have become an important component of many courses and majors. The director of Quantitative Support is available to assist students in a number of ways, including reviewing prior mathematics knowledge, discussing homework, preparing quantitative reports, and practicing for tests. In addition, trained peer tutors who have experience in quantitative courses and methods can assist students with homework and other quantitative projects. For additional information, see the Quantitative Skills Support Web site.
The ability to write clearly and effectively is central to a liberal arts education. As part of a program to encourage students' growth as writers during their four years at Middlebury, the College offers free professional and peer tutoring to student writers, including those for whom English is a second language, at any stage of any writing project, from organizing the work schedule, to brainstorming ideas, to talking through a draft, to revising and polishing rough drafts. Peer writing tutors are also trained to give tips and practical suggestions to assist students with oral presentations. This tutoring is available at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research on the main floor of the Davis Family Library, Suite 225. Peer tutors are available Sunday through Thursday evenings in CTLR and on some evenings in the Commons. For more information visit the Multilingual/ESL Support and the Writing Program Web sites.
Professional tutors in writing, quantitative skills, and learning skills are available by appointment during daytime hours, weekdays. Make an appointment with a CTLR professional on-line or by contacting the CTLR.