Portland-State-University 2022-2023 Bulletin

Learning Center

The Learning Center strives to foster the learning process by empowering PSU students to accomplish their academic and personal goals. To do this, the Learning Center provides a variety of academic support services for students: Academic Coaching, Peer Tutoring, College Success courses, ROADS to Success presentations, Testing Services, and Remote + Online Learning Support. All Learning Center programs are open to undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students.

Academic Coaching

PSU’s Learning Center offers a flexible coaching service that allows students to work with coaches in creating measurable plans to meet their academic goals. These goals may address school/life balance, active learning strategies and various approaches to studying course content, improving communication skills, and learning about resources on and off campus. All academic coaches are matched to an academic pathway. Feel free to view the coaches' bios on our website. To schedule an academic coaching appointment, visit the academic coaching page on our website, or call 503-725-4448.

Tutoring Services

The Learning Center provides free peer tutoring services in math, sciences, and world languages. The goal of our tutoring program is to promote independence in learning and give students the tools to take control of their learning process. The Learning Center provides on campus, online, and group tutoring. In addition, we offer Live Streams for selected courses. All tutors are current PSU undergraduate and graduate students that have successfully taken the courses they provide help with. Check out the tutoring page for a complete list of subjects, schedules, and availability.

College Success Courses

College Success is a comprehensive (3-credit) course designed to enhance academic success by helping students identify barriers that hinder their ability to achieve their academic, personal and/or professional goals. Using guided, reflective journaling as a self-discovery tool, students explore the seven non-cognitive competencies: self-advocacy, confidence, emotional intelligence, resilience, perseverance, self-control, and growth mindset. In addition, College Success offers the opportunity to gain cognitive skills (study strategies) based on principles of learning and thinking, which students are encouraged to integrate and apply in order to become engaged, effective, and empowered learners.

Whether you are new to college, new to PSU (transfer student), or simply in need of a motivation jump start, there is much to gain from this course. Lower and upper-division options available. For more information, or to see the upcoming schedule, see the college success page.

Remote + Online Learning Support

The Learning Center is the home of Remote and Online Learning Support for all of PSU’s students. There are resources to help you navigate how you manage your studies while you take online courses, as well a free course designed to get you more comfortable with the learning management system that PSU utilizes.

Testing Services

Testing Services through the Learning Center provides accommodated testing support for PSU students registered with the Disability Resource Center.

Learning Resources for Students

In addition to our services, we have a repository of many useful yet practical worksheets, website links, and other helpful tips. This information can be found on the subject resource page on our website.