The Goode-Pasfield Center for Learning & Teaching coordinates academic advising for freshmen and undeclared students. Faculty and professional advisors are available for the academic and developmental advising of entering freshmen, transfer freshmen, and all other students who have yet to declare an academic major. Advisors have a working knowledge of the Roanoke College community and assist the student in the exploration of academic and professional goals. Freshman advisors are assigned to entering students during the pre-registration process.
Entering Freshman and Transfer Student Pre-Registration
Entering freshmen will pre-register for Fall courses either at an on-campus summer orientation session or by a telephone appointment with a summer academic advisor. Transfer students will pre-register for classes by speaking with an academic advisor over the phone. Academic advisors will be available for course advising throughout the pre-registration period. All pre-registered full-time students are expected to attend the College’s fall orientation program and to finalize the registration process at that time.
The Writing Center @ Roanoke College
The Writing Center @ Roanoke College, supervised by staff in the Goode-Pasfield Center for Learning & Teaching and located in the Fintel Library, is a place where writers working in any discipline and at any level of competence meet with trained peer tutors in informal, one–on-one tutoring sessions that focus on writing. Tutors talk with writers about their academic, creative or professional writing, helping writers to do such things as brainstorm ideas, improve organization, incorporate sources into a research paper, polish the language in a poem or short story, or learn to identify and correct grammar and style problems. The Writing Center also sponsors workshops and creative writing playshops on a variety of writing-related topics.
Subject Tutoring Program
A centralized subject tutoring program, housed in the Fintel Library, is supervised by the staff of the Goode-Pasfield Center for Learning & Teaching. The Subject Tutoring Program was awarded international accreditation in 2010 by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). Tutors are required to complete an extensive training program and provide twenty-five hours of tutoring assistance before receiving certification. Individual tutoring sessions are offered in the following subjects: Business and Economics, Language, Math and Computer Science, Lab Sciences, and Social Sciences.
Disability Support Services
The Goode-Pasfield Center for Learning & Teaching maintains the documentation of students with diagnosed medical or learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The Center’s staff facilitates students’ consultation with faculty members and academic advisors regarding reasonable accommodations. Services such as extended-time testing, note-taking, and the tape recording of classes are facilitated by the office.
The Goode-Pasfield Center for Learning & Teaching coordinates a freshman retention program, RC Success, during the spring semester as an intervention for freshmen on academic warning. The program pairs participants with individual peer mentors and requires regular attendance at a monitored study hall. Students are also required to participate in weekly study skills workshops.