Academic Support:
How we help you succeed

The transition to college can be overwhelming if students do not feel they have access to academic assistance. While we keep our classes small, we also offer an array of academic support services. All of these support services are provided to students without an extra charge.

Center for teaching and learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), a federally supported Student Support Services Program, is the primary office of academic support at the College. A brief description of the Program's services is presented below.

Center for teaching and learning Course Offerings

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers a course in algebra and academic support in composition and reading. The CTL algebra course allows students two semesters to complete Ma100. The CTL arranges extra support for students needing additional assistance in composition and reading, working both with classroom instructors and the program's tutorial service. Placement in math courses is determined by review of a student's academic record.

Tutorial Services

The Center for Teaching and Learnng Tutorial Program provides free tutoring for all students who request assistance. The tutors are students who have been recommended by SVC faculty and trained by the Tutor Coordinator and faculty. The Tutorial Program provides the following services:

  • Walk-In Tutorials: The office is staffed by tutors who are proficient in a wide variety of subjects. The hours and tutors' areas of expertise are posted throughout the College. No appointments are necessary. Walk-in tutorials are available five days a week and some evenings.
  • Tutorials: If the walk-in tutorial schedule does not offer enough flexibility, students may schedule individualized tutoring with the Tutor Coordinator.
  • Study groups: The Tutor Coordinator assists in the organization of study groups for several core courses. A student leader meets regularly with students in the group, helping them review class work and prepare for tests.
  • Workshops: Workshops are held in the Tutorial Center as requested for special skills review: proofreading, note-taking, textbook reading, spelling, and study skills. The dates and times are announced in advance.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center, a service of the Learning Cooperative, is staffed by members of the Composition faculty and peer writing tutors and serves all members of the College community—students, staff and faculty. Students may receive help at any stage in the writing process, from topic selection to outline to final draft.

Learning Differences Support Program

Southern Vermont College is committed to serving all academically qualified students, regardless of disability. The College offers a strong program of support for students who provide documentation of their learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, vision/hearing impairment, or other disabilities. The Learning Differences Support Staff provide regularly scheduled tutorial support sessions to assist with course work, writing assignments, organization/time management, and study strategies. Extended time for exams is also available. There is no additional fee for participation in the Learning Differences Support Program. Students who are interested in learning more about the program should contact the Learning Differences Support Program Coordinator at the College. A Learning Differences Support Program brochure which further describes the accommodations and support which may be available as well as documentation required is also available upon request.

Career development and internships

The Office of Career Development and Internships is available to assist students and alumni/ae in any stage of their career. Students are encouraged to use Career Development early in their college experience to assess their interests and explore career options. Students can call upon the Office of Career Development and Internships for help with resumé writing and portfolio development as well as assistance in obtaining practical work experiences. The Office of Career Development and Internships staff work with area organizations to develop job opportunities. A career resource library is maintained to facilitate students' career planning and job searches.

Services include:

  • Interest Assessments
  • Choosing or Changing a Major
  • Career Planning
  • Resumé and Cover Letter Writing
  • Internships
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Off-campus Employment
  • Resource Library
  • Career Management for Alumni

The Library

The Library includes archives, audiovisual equipment and the Webster Information Research Laboratory (WIRL). The library provides a quiet place for research and study as well as space for group study. A gift from The Edwin S. Webster Foundation, the WIRL offers students space devoted for research and writing, aided by a wireless computer network and high-quality printing.

Library resources include a growing book collection of 20,000+ volumes and more than 85 newspaper and periodical subscriptions. In addition, the library subscribes to an expanding collection of online databases, providing electronic access to over 19,000 unique full-text sources (professional journals, magazines, media transcripts, news services, legal materials, etc.). Off-campus access is available to most of these databases.

The library's collection is designed to complement specific programs of study and provide personal enrichment and information about the past and current world outside the classroom. Resources not available in the library's collection can be borrowed through interlibrary loan. The library has access to academic and public libraries throughout the state of Vermont. Students also have direct borrowing privileges locally at Bennington College, Williams College, Bennington Free Public Library and the medical library at Southwestern Vermont Health Care.

Friendly, accessible library staff is available to assist students with all kinds of research and to teach lifelong information gathering skills.