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Transformative Learning

Transformative Learning @ The Study

The goal of Transformative Learning in the Division of Undergraduate Education is to provide academic preparation programming and academic support for undergraduates in all colleges to help them master the skills needed to become successful lifelong learners.  We partner with student service programs and academic units across the university to enhance student retention and progress to degree.  We provide curricular support to faculty integrating multi-modal communication assignments into their courses as well as additional tutoring support for their students.  Our programs include Academic Preparation and Placement (APP), Peer to Peer Tutoring (PTP), Presentation U!, and free study skills seminars and workshops

Better known to students as The Study because of our original location in the library, we have moved many times and now have multiple locations across campus. Transformative Learning was formed by the merger of a variety of programs including Academic Enhancement and Presentation U! all designed to enhance student learning and support the undergraduate curriculum.  Our future is in continuing to help students transition to college, make the most of their general education, and prepare to be successful in their degree programs.

Academic Preparation & Placement (APP) helps first-year undergraduate students reach benchmarks of college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics. Each fall and spring, incoming students are enrolled in this state mandated program based on entrance and placement test scores. In each of the three areas, students are met where they are academically through one credit workshop courses (UK095 APP for Quantitative Reasoning; UK096 APP for College Algebra; UK120 APP for College Reading; UK130 APP for Writing).  New in fall 2016, we are offering UK110 Academic Essentials.  Developed in collaboration with the Library, Academic Preparation & Placement, and Presentation U!, the course focuses especially on essential skills of college reading, listening, and managing information in preparation for class assignments and assessments. Target populations for enrollment include first semester first year students and students experiencing academic difficulty.  UK110 is intended to complement UK101 and LLP transition coursework and is not limited to APP eligble students.

The Peer Tutoring Program (PTP) provides free drop-in tutoring primarily in UK Core mathematics, sciences, and business courses.  Tutoring is currently provided at The Study North and in The Commons on South Campus. The PTP is national certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and offers tutor training and assessment support for campus partners. The Peer Tutoring Program also coordinates the Campus Tutoring Advisory Board, including representatives from learning centers and department support staff from across campus.

Academic Coaching and Workshops give students the opportunity to develop self confidence as independent learners through individualized support and group sessions.  We offer individualized appointments (IAC's) as well as drop in peer coaching during tutoring hours.  In addition, Office Hours@The Study offers academic support by department graduate students during peer tutoring hours for Spanish, Music, and Statistics.  Workshops include Transformative Learning Power Hours, a series of workshops on a variety of topics designed to provide just-in-time information and strategies for student success.  Free Study Smarter Seminars (a 3 hour study skills seminar) and custom in class presentations are also available by request for interested colleges and campus organizations.

Presentation U! is a state of the art multimodal communication center offering tutoring for students and support services for faculty to increase oral, written, and visual communication competence both inside and outside the classroom, as part of UK's Quality Enhancement Plan for SACS-COC accreditation.