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Teaching and Learning Center

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) provides comprehensive academic resources, support and services for both students and faculty members.

In working with students, the focus is on helping maximize academic potential – to enhance student learning and demonstrate academic strengths. For our faculty, the TLC helps teachers explore and implement teaching methods – enabling them to work with students more effectively.

The TLC complements, rather than substitutes for, the academic support given students by their teachers and advisers. The TLC provides:

  • coaching in reading, writing, quantitative skills, study skills, test-taking skills, general learning strategies and time management and organization
  • a quiet place for test taking
  • a quiet place for studying
  • academic and technological support to those with documented disabilities
  • resources designed to strengthen student learning

Guidelines for Receiving Educational Accommodations for a Disability

Choate follows the Documentation Guidelines used by The College Board. At this site you will find general guidelines as well as links that provide more specific information regarding documentation of Learning Disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Physical Disabilities, and Psychiatric Disabilities.

For additional information, contact the Teaching and Learning Center at (203) 697-2673.

View the TLC FAQ


GUIDELINES FOR OUTSIDE TUTORS

While we encourage students to seek extra help directly from their teachers when needed, we recognize that at times parents may want to hire a professional tutor for their child. The Assistant to the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center maintains a list of tutors in the area that are available for hire; however, such supplemental support should never replace or supplant extra help with a teacher. You can contact the Assistant to the Director by either email or by calling (203) 697-2673.

In the event that an outside tutor is hired, certain guidelines are expected to be followed, including the following:

  • We expect that parents will share the name and contact information of any tutor with the student's teacher and dean so that the tutor and teacher may work together, as necessary, to further the student's learning.
  • It is also our expectation that parents will share with the tutor Choate’s Guidelines on Tutoring.
  • Tutors, parents, and students are expected to understand what we consider an acceptable level of help from someone who is not the teacher.  A tutor (or parent) should contact the teacher or dean if she or he has any questions regarding what constitutes appropriate help.
  • In the interest of campus safety, if a tutor plans to come to campus to meet with a student, the parent must provide the dean with the name and contact information of the tutor, and proposed time of the meeting.   
  • Tutors are permitted to meet with students in the library, although the library staff will not reserve rooms for this purpose.  If space is not available in the library, the tutor may ask a Community Safety Officer to open a classroom in the Lanphier Center. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment to come to the TLC for help if I've been granted special academic accommodations?

Students who have been granted accommodations at Choate and who wish to meet individually with a faculty member at the TLC should schedule an appointment.  To do so, contact Nancy Matlack, Assistant to the Director of the TLC by email or by phone at (203) 697-2673, or drop by during the academic day.  Students are welcome to use the resources in the TLC when it is open during the academic day (no appointment is necessary for quiet study).

If I have a diagnosed disability, am I required to tell the school?

No. A disability diagnosis is confidential, personal information, but families are encouraged to share such information so that the student can be offered adequate and appropriate support.

If I am not receiving accommodations and wish to, what should I do?

The Documentation Guidelines we follow are those used by the College Board. At this site you will find general guidelines as well as links that provide more specific information regarding documentation of Learning Disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Physical Disabilities, and Psychiatric Disabilities. If a student would like to request special academic accommodations, documentation should be sent to Lauren Loughlin, the Assistant to the Director of Studies either by email or by calling (203) 697-2288. The Committee on Special Accommodations, chaired by the Director of Studies, will review the documentation and recommendations for accommodations.

Does the school provide testing for learning disabilities/ADHD?

Choate Rosemary Hall does not provide testing; however, the Director of Studies can provide a list of professionals and information regarding the school's procedures for granting special academic accommodations.

How can I receive accommodations (or check to see if I receive accommodations) on standardized tests e.g., PSATs, SATs, ACTs, etc.?

Contact Melanie Penasci, the school’s Testing Coordinator in the College Counseling Office by email or by phone at (203) 697-2461.

Do I need an appointment to come to the TLC for general academic help and support?

A student may drop in during the academic day for general academic help or support.  However, it is recommended that the student contact Nancy Matlack, Assistant to the Director of the TLC, by email or by phone at (203) 697-2673 to make an appointment.  When the TLC is open, students may use the various technology and resources that are available.  They may also use the TLC as a place for quiet study.

Does the school provide tutors for students?

No. Students should meet regularly with their teachers for extra help. Several departments do administer a peer-tutor program that can provide an additional layer of support. If interested in arranging for a peer-tutor, students should speak with their teacher. You may also contact:

  • For mathematics:  Dr. Matt Bardoe by email or by phone at (203) 697-2328
  • For science:  Ms. Jan Cook by email or by phone at (203) 697-2996
  • For foreign languages:  Mr. Georges Chahwan by email or by phone at (203) 697-2460

What will advisers/teachers/deans do if they suspect a student merits educational accommodations?

Faculty communicate concerns to the student’s form dean and/or to the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center. The form dean and Director of the TLC consult, and if they determine the concerns are valid, the student’s parents will be contacted.