Students visit the Learning Center when they want to improve their academic skills and/or their grades, get better at managing time, have questions about learning disabilities or ADHD, want to understand their strengths and weakness, and more. While most of the students who use The Learning Center are undergraduates, Graduate and Professional School Students also visit us regularly.
The Learning Center offers the following programs; please click on the links below to learn more:
Our office is located in SASB North, 450 Ridge Road (on the corner of Manning and Ridge). Parking is available in the Rams Head Parking Deck also located on Ridge Road. We have two office suites in SASB North: Suite 0118 (basement level) and Suite 2109 (2nd floor).
Drop-in tutoring is in Dey Hall and Tutoring-by-appointment is in SASB North.
Yes. Please call our main number at 919-962-3782.
All appointments are made online. From our homepage, click on the appointment tab and select a counselor and time-slot that best fits your schedule.
From our appointment calendar, click on “manage appointments” where you will see options to cancel or reschedule. If possible, please cancel appointments 24 hours in advance.
You will be marked as a “no-show” in our records. For students who regularly do not show up for appointments, you may be temporarily blocked from accessing our appointment calendar.
Undergraduate students may schedule two appointments per week (you can also schedule additional Peer Tutoring sessions). Graduate students in the college of Arts and Sciences may schedule one appointment per week. Graduate students in other programs/schools may make same-day appointments.
If you’re working regularly with an academic counselor, contact him/her directly and ask about any possible openings. You can also come to The Learning Center and try to be seen as a walk-in. Walk-in are seen when another students fails to show up for a scheduled appointment.
In order to make appointments with staff, you need to have a valid ONYEN as that is the only way to access our appointment calendar. If you don’t have an ONYEN, please contact ONYEN Services.
You also need an ONYEN to register for classes and events.
Yes, The Learning Center programs and events are open to UNC students only. However, any student is welcome to use our resources on our Student Resource page.
If you know which staff person you’d like to speak with, contact him or her directly. Otherwise, please call one of our main numbers: 919-962-3782 or 919-962-7227. A receptionist will be happy to help you.
Yes, bring a friend, though it’s helpful to let your counselor know ahead of time.
You can make weekend appointments with tutors only.
No appointments are needed for drop-in tutoring: Dey Hall, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00.
The best tutoring experience is when a student comes to a session prepared with specific questions. Tutors respond to questions and help fill in the gaps and/or clarify a concept. Tutors also provide guidance for students as they work through problems.
When you attend Drop-In Tutoring at Dey Hall, you will first check-in with a student receptionist who will direct you to your tutor. After each tutoring session, you will complete a brief evaluation of your session.
Yes, you can work with Learning Center tutors as well as with a private tutor. To find a private tutor, check out our Tutors For Hire Board.
Complete the Tutoring Application Form.
Peer tutoring is free.
An academic coach helps you develop better learning skills, such as taking effective lecture notes, preparing for tests, managing time efficiently, and getting the most from your assigned readings. Coaches work with students at all levels, whether they are struggling to pass a class, or trying to move their grades up from B’s to A’s. We work collaboratively with you, helping you figure out which learning strategies fit best.
An academic coach can also help you set goals and develop better habits so that you can achieve your goals. Goals can focus on academics, but can include broader themes as well, such as the desire to create a more balanced life. If you want this type of support, you will commit to weekly sessions with your academic coach for an initial period of time (often a semester, though this varies), and agree to be held accountable to commitments you make at each session.
Instead of working individually with a coach on your goals, group coaching is for students who want the support of their peers as well. Coaching groups are offered periodically throughout the year, so check our Registration Page for the next one.
At the end of an appointment, your counselor will ask you if you would like your professor to receive a summary of the session. You are free to accept or decline this offer – we will honor whatever you decide.
We do not contact parents about services you use at The Learning Center.
No, the Learning Center cannot help you add or drop a course. Meet with an Academic Adviser in the Steele Building
Register online under our “Register for Classes” tab.
Prices vary, but UNC students are offered a 30% discount.
Test Prep Study Groups and Flashcard Fridays, lead by Learning Center staff, will help you connect with other students and together you will practice skills and build confidence, keeping you on track right up until test day.
It is open to all UNC students, with preference to undergraduates.
Each of the following four workshops are offered 7 times per semester: Introduction to Speed Reading, Reading Journal Articles, Reading Textbooks and Reading to Ace the Test. Check the registration page for dates and times.
You will leave each workshop with skills to read with greater comprehension, retention and speed.
No, you will not earn any credit for this course.
There is no fee to enroll in the course.
No. Your instructor will incorporate the use of your own reading materials into every class.
Make an appointment with a Learning Center Academic Coach for individualized instruction.
Talk to the student about your concerns. Find out how he prepares for tests and what sorts of test-taking strategies he uses. Suggest he make an appointment with an academic counselor at The Learning Center who will tease out what might be getting in the way of better test performance.
Contact one of The Learning Center’s LD/ADHD specialists who will discuss with you some of the markers of possible learning disabilities or ADHD, as well as how to approach the student about your concerns.
If your child is seeking accommodations, she must register with Accessibility Resources and Service. Accessibility Resources and Services is the department at UNC responsible for managing all aspects of disabilities and accommodations.
The Learning Center helps students with learning disabilities and ADHD develop tools and strategies to manage possible barriers posed by their disabilities. We also help them better understand the impact of their disability at the university level. Encourage your child to schedule an appointment with either of the two staff members who specialize in ADHD/LD.