Learning Specialists

You must first register with Disability Services (DS) in order for DS to determine your eligibility for this accommodation. Refer to the registration page for further information.   

DS Learning Specialists work with students registered with DS to facilitate the development of compensatory strategies and academic skills.  Our Learning Specialists work with students on an individual basis in which each student’s specific needs are considered in determining the appropriate areas to be addressed.  Our Learning Specialists do not help with content-based work as a learning specialist is not a tutor.  Rather, our Learning Specialists work with students to develop strategies on a more global level that will help them compensate for difficulties in several areas.

Scheduling an appointment with a DS Learning Specialist

Students registered with DS should contact Disability Services to schedule an appointment with a Learning Specialist. Please note our learning specialists are NOT available during Drop-in Hours.


I'm having difficulty with a couple of my classes. What can Disability Services do to assist me?

Disability Services offers a variety of support services to Columbia students, including individual consultation and skill-building workshops that address time management and organizational skills. Disability Services also has a full-time learning specialist available to meet with students with disabilities on an individual basis. Work with the learning specialist generally focuses on developing compensatory strategies and skills related to global learning concerns. If you are interested in meeting with the learning specialist please contact Disability Services and a staff member will be in touch to further address your needs.

Disability Services does not provide content-based tutoring or evaluations for learning disabilities. However, Disability Services can provide information about on- and off-campus services to address these concerns. Students are also encouraged to speak to their program or academic advisor to discuss their concerns. Some on-campus resources students have found helpful include:

Do you know of any other resources that may be helpful?
For how long can I work with a Learning Specialist?

Students work with our learning specialists to establish priorities and determine a personalized agenda for their time together.

Last updated April 04, 2014