Learner Support Centre

 

Learner Support Centre

 

Welcome to the Learner Support Centre at St David's College

Launched in 2014, our Learner Support Centre provides support and advice to students struggling with any aspect of College life, and to those with additional learning needs.

 

How to find us

Go through the entrance to the LRC and you will find us through the first door on the right.

 

How can we help?

We work with students in a number of different ways, depending on the nature of the specific difficulties and what best suits the individual student. For example, we offer:

  • Additional, quiet working space
  • One to one academic support
  • Advisory appointments
  • A College Counselling Service
  • Coordination or support and reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities
  • Referral to our Peer Mentor scheme
  • Small group support sessions
  • Referral to external support

 

Who can access support?

We can offer advice to any student struggling in College for any reason. Not sure if we can help? Just ask! If we are not able to help in the LSC, we can put you in touch with people who can. 

 

How to get in touch

The easiest way to get in touch with us is by sending us an email to LSCteam@stdavidscollege.ac.uk.

We will aim to get back to you within three working days to get you booked in for your first appointment.

If your concern is urgent, please let us know and we will find someone for you to talk to straight away. 

 

What to Expect at your First Appointment

Your first appointment will take place in one of the confidential office spaces in the Learner Support Centre.

During your first appointment we will introduce you to the LSC, go through our Code of Conduct and, most importantly, discuss how we may be able to help you. We will ask you about areas you have been struggling with, things you are worried about, and what support you have had in the past.

The main aim of your first session is to put together an action plan to help you to achieve your potential during your time at St David’s.

 

What are the Possible Outcomes? 

  • If you are struggling with your work, we may book you in for some one-to-one sessions with one of our Learner Support Assistants or Volunteers. These sessions are booked in advance and each session lasts for around 45 minutes.

  • We also have an Assisted Working area where you can sit if you would like to work independently, but may need a bit of help to get started or if you get stuck.

  • If you are struggling with specific areas related to learning, we may refer you for a screening test for a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. It may be that as a result of this, we recommend you have a full assessment with an Educational Psychologist. Finding out whether or not you have a specific learning difficulty can help us understand how best to support you, and can make a real difference to your learning and success.

  • It may be that you are struggling with something other than your work. Many students experience difficulties and worries that can impact on their time at College. We are happy to discuss this with you in an Advisory Appointment; sometimes just talking about it can really help.

  • Following on from this, we may suggest that you talk to our College counsellor, refer you to one of our Wellbeing Programmes, or point you in the direction of useful resources that you can access.

  • However, it may be that we feel it would be more helpful for you to speak to someone specially trained to deal with your area of concern. We can advise you about external services and organisations that you can talk to, and we will support you through making the initial contact.

 

What our students say

"The service laid out for students was invaluable to me due to the friendly staff, knowledgeable tutors and welcoming atmosphere... Without the care and attention given to me by the team, I don't feel I could have achieved what I did."

Rhian Paolella

St David's Valedictorian 2015

New this year!

We had a fantastic year last year and are extremely proud of our students' achievements. We have developed the service even further this year, to include:

  • More computer work-stations
  • Sectioned off "quiet space"
  • Additional small-group Maths support
  • Specialist support for students with English as a second language
  • Group support for students with Autism or Asperger's diagnoses
  • A new Peer Mentoring programme
  • Specialist transitions advice for students eligible for support in Higher Education
  • Access to assistive software across the College