Dennis Learning Center
Located at 250 Younkin Success Center 1640 Neil Ave Columbus, OH 43201
Hours – M-Th 9am-7pm; F 9am-5pm
The Dennis Learning Center’s mission and purpose:
The Dennis Learning Center supports students so that they can enter, excel in, and successfully complete academic programs at The Ohio State University. We apply our expertise in education, psychology, instruction, and technology to provide outreach that includes elective courses, workshops, and individual academic coaching. We help students thrive by providing assistance in areas that include motivation, academic stress, procrastination, study skills, time management, test taking, learning from text, note taking, and self-regulation. We also are devoted to the advancement of research that promotes greater knowledge and understanding of college students’ academic success.
Below is a listing of the Workshops that the Dennis Learning Center provides for both students individually and an academic college, department or program.
Organizing the learning process: How to overcome procrastination and create consistent engagement for academic goals.
Academics structures in graduate and professional schools create an environment that increases vulnerability to stressful patterns of delay. Projects are often unclear, require synthesis of large bodies of information, and guidance is no longer as straightforward. The development of this professional knowledge and academic products requires a degree of self-regulation that may not have been required to this point. In this this sixty minute reflective session students will come to a better understanding of why this delay is happening, and re-orient their approach to efficient progress with new strategies that utilize theories from the psychology of motivation and decision making.
A Model of Learning for Success in Professional School
This hour long session gives students in professional programs a chance to evaluate their study strategies against research-based practices. Students and learners will come away from this session with a simple way to discern effective from ineffective study methodology and gain the confidence to customize learning methods to their given context .
Theories related to self-regulated learning models and principles from the psychology of learning and memorization form the curriculum.
This session is a 60 minute, discussion based lecture that asks students to volunteer reflections and ideas regarding the content.
Strategies Matter: Understanding Yourself as a Learner to Maximize Success
This hour long, group discussion based session utilizes the motivation and strategies for learning scale. Asked to complete the scale before the session, students attend the session with scores in hand. The first part of the session helps students to understand the various components of the results and what they might mean regarding their learning practice. The latter half of the session asks students to reflect on their results as a group.
The outcomes of this session are to give students targeted insights into their current methods, increase meta-cognition for learning, and provide an opportunity to purposefully reflect, with the guidance of a facilitator, on areas of optimization. Students should come away with a greater understanding of themselves as a learner as well as what first steps may have the biggest impact on their performance.
Concept Mapping: A practice in elaborative engagement for professional school.
Given the volume at which professional students are expected to learn information, it’s even more important they use deeper more engaged forms of study. This hour and a half long session takes an in depth look at the role concept mapping can play at strengthening the results of studying in these contexts. Students are given an overview of concept mapping as a model for study. They will gain insights into its purpose, what sets it a part from other organizational strategies, and an understanding of how it maximizes learning.
Students will come away from this session with an initial sense of how they can integrate concept mapping into their current study regiment, assess its effectiveness, and adapt it over time into a powerful part of their process.
Individual Academic Assistance
Our academic coaching service provides professional students a chance to meet and discuss their context with trained staff. During these sessions, they are given the opportunity to discuss the specifics of their current methods, challenges, and goals. The coach and learner together develop adaptive strategies for addressing these goals and typically meeting for a series of weeks until the student regains a sense of control over their academic achievement.
Student Life Career Counseling and Support Services
Located at Younkin Success Center (2nd Floor) 1640 Neil Ave Columbus, OH 43210
Hours – M-F 8am-5pm
Career Counseling and Support Services’ (CCSS) Mission:
To serve the career development needs of OSU students by providing high quality and diversity-sensitive services through counseling, consultation and lasting partnerships, designed to facilitate learning and advance well-being, purpose, identity development and citizenship.
CCSS offers the student both career exploration and exploration of self. They can help students figure out what majors or careers to pursue or whether or not graduate school may be a good fit. They will help go over your resume or graduate school essay. They can also give you tips on interviewing and will do mock interviews so you can practice. CCSS also assists graduate and professional students with career planning, job search strategies, or perhaps whether to pursue academic or nonacademic careers.
You can make an appointment by calling 614-688-3898
During the academic year, they have walk-in sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 1:00 – 3:00pm (last walk-in taken at 2:30pm), and Fridays 9:00 – 11:00am (last walk-in taken at 10:30am).
If you would like to explore resources on these topics by yourself, please click on this link and explore CCSS’ website. They have a variety of resources on career exploration, choosing a major, information on graduate school (i.e., how to write an effective graduate school admission essay, interviewing techniques), how to negotiate a salary, interviewing for academia, etc.
If you are a staff or faculty that would like to request a workshop please click on this link. Here are the topics that they offer: Overview of Student Life Career Counseling and Support Services
- Self-Exploration: Connecting with Ohio State majors and careers
- Career Planning, Search and Transferable Skills
- Decision-Making (and managing related stress)
- Resume and Cover Letters / CV’s and Cover Letters
- Effective Interviewing Skills
- Finding an Internship
- Salary Negotiation
- Making the Most of Job Fairs
- Applying to Graduate School
- Life After College
They will also collaborate and create a custom workshop that fits your need. If this is of interest please call (614.688.3898) or email them at email@example.com