For students with diagnosed learning disabilities and/or other learning differences, additional support and guidance goes a long way. Now in its 20th year, the Arch Learning Community provides individual academic coaching, Arch-designated courses and specialized Success & Career Advising to help students build the skills and confidence to succeed.
Gavin Estey '08, Assistant Director of the Arch Learning Community and a Success & Career Advisor, answered a few questions about his work with Arch students and his advice for a successful semester.
Q: Tell us a little about your role and your work with students.
Gavin: In my role as the Assistant Director of Arch Learning Community and as a Success & Career Advisor, my goal is to assist students in the day-to-day responsibilities of being a student. I work directly with the students to assist them in all of the aspects of academic and career aspirations.
Q: What happens when a student meets with their advisor?
Gavin: When I meet with a student, I like to get to know them first and find out who they are as a person and find areas of mutual interest. Building strong foundations helps to build a strong rapport for helping students as they navigate their time at Dean. During these meetings, we discuss academics, future plans or anything that a student deems necessary to discuss to help to not only meet, but to exceed goals and aspirations.
Q: What advice would you give to help students succeed?
Gavin: Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. Being able to know when you need help is a strength that is often disguised as a weakness. When you speak up, you are not only benefitting yourself, but everyone else who may need that information, and isn’t confident enough to ask for the help.
Q: If a student needs some help or extra support with their studies, what would you recommend?
Gavin: Speak with your advisor first always. We are able to direct you to the right place to get the support that you need to succeed. It is always best to get the help when you think you need it, not when you are already behind. It is always easier to maintain than to catch up.