Learning Resources

We assist students in fully utilizing their learning opportunities and in developing and refining the skills needed for academic excellence in the 21st century.

Integral to the educational mission of Middlebury College, Learning Resources develops, provides and coordinates a variety of offerings designed to  support and enhance the academic excellence and scholastic achievement of all Middlebury students.

To accomplish these goals we provide one-on-one educational sessions which focus on time and workload management, oral presentation skills including in class discussion skills, effective note-taking, reading skills enhancement, test taking preparation, etc. Enhancing performance in these areas maximizes students' academic success and scholastic standing. It is also our goal to assist students in forging relationships with all facets of Middlebury's learning community.   

In collaboration with other professionals from the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research, we also assist faculty in designing innovative, effective teaching environments and refining workload and time management skills. We prepare students for leadership roles as student research assistants, and student assistants for time management.  Specifically, the Office of Learning Resources trains both the Academic Mentors embedded in First Year Seminars, as well as the drop-in Peer Writing Tutors embedded in the Commons (link to schedule here), in courseload planning and basic time management and study skills.  If you are a first-year student, or an upper class student seeking time management help for the first time, please make an appointment with your Mentor or stop by a drop-in session. Be sure to bring printed copies of all your course syllabi for your first meeting.

Finally in collaboration with the faculty and the Commons, Learning Resources also implements prevention and intervention initiatives for students who are at academic risk. The Director also works one-on-one with students who face challenges related to learning style or learning disabilities. 

We are open Monday - Friday 9AM to 5PM.

The Office of Learning Resources schedules all appointments personally. If after trying on your own with the guidance of a trained peer to develop a realistic work schedule you feel you need more assistance, you can contact the Office of Learning Resources and schedule an appointment with professional staff. Please send an email to both Jennifer Bates (jbates@middlebury.edu) and Yonna McShane (mcshane@middlebury.edu) and tell us all the times you are available to meet between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. It's fine to send a screenshot of your schedule and a note about any additional schedule conflicts. Upon receiving this information, Jennifer or Yonna will schedule you for an appointment as soon as they are able. You are also welcome to call CTLR or stop by and we will put you in touch with them.

Note: students who have a documented disability and need assistance with time management and study skills are invited to contact Yonna and Jennifer for an individual appointment as part of their accommodations. Students who have previously worked with Yonna or Jennifer are also invited to schedule directly, as are students seeking an ADA consultation.