The Schwab Learning Center is open 9:00-5:00pm, Monday thru Friday. After hours and/or evening sessions are available by appointment. Please contact your Learning Specialist or your tutor to arrange sessions outside normal business hours.
We provide services year round.
Schwab Learning Center
563 Salvatierra Walk, Rm 126
Stanford, CA 94305
The Schwab Learning Center currently provides free services to undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral candidates, alumni, faculty, and staff. Please register here to start the process.
Your first meeting with your Learning Specialist will last approximately 90 minutes. During this meeting, you will complete a Schwab Learning Center Personal Learning Profile, which remains confidential and helps us explore how you're taking in new information, processing it, storing it, and recalling it later. The PLP is a reflection of your metacognitive history, current strategies, and future goals. We will use the PLP to enrich your self-awareness and sketch routes to your desired outcomes using practical tools and research-based techniques. We call this process neuro-teaching. It is entirely customized, and it's part of what makes the SLC so unique.
In one session: You can explore a couple of pain points and discuss specific strategies to mitigate them.
In three sessions: You can try out a range of strategies, get to know yourself better, and adapt your approaches to your specific preferences.
In ten sessions: You can tailor your learning habits to your individual learning profile and establish productive, long-term work patterns.
The Schwab Learning Center provides free academic services to Stanford students, residents, post-docs, and fellows. Non-academic services, such as tours/overview of the SLC, work at the UDL Innovation Studio and registration for our Annual Symposium, are available to alumni, faculty, and parents/guardians. Please click here to get started.
Eligibility for academic SLC services requires one or more of the following:
The SLC is not a standalone tutoring center. We offer wraparound services that are integrated with one another, including content tutoring, strategy work with expert Learning Specialists, assistive technology evaluations, and collaboration with other specialists on campus, all anchored in a Personal Learning Profile. Tutoring is offered alongside your work with a learning specialist because the university offers tutoring for all students through VPTL. The SLC offers its services only to those with Learning Differences (dyslexia, ADHD, and other learner variability) or suspected learning differences. Lifespan strategies are specific strategies that are designed to support individuals across school, work, and life. These may include strategies to improve memory, task completion, test taking, reading comprehension, group interaction, verbal retrieval, written organization, and executive function strategies, such as time management, organization and planning, task initiation and completion.SLC tutoring clients work one on one, with the same tutor all quarter, for up to 4 hours per week on any academic subject. Tutors are graduate students, trained to work specifically with students who have learning differences. Our services are free and require registration and a meeting with a Learning Specialist to get started.
The Student Learning Connection through VPTL provides free subject tutoring and foreign language conversation practice with peers who help you develop the skills you need to be successful in your classes. Sessions are by appointment or drop-in (in some cases). VPTL tutors cover Biology, Chemistry, CME, Computer Science, Engineering, Economics, Human Biology, Math, Physics and Statistics. Language conversation partners cover Arabic, Chinese, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. For more information, please click here.
Academic Skills Coaching can provide you with a personal “trainer” who can observe your strategies and techniques, suggest changes to your approach, and provide encouragement as you implement new ways of learning. Your personal trainer can help you tackle common challenges like: Procrastination, Test preparation, Test anxiety, Time management and Reading strategies. To learn more about academic skills coaching, please click here.
The SLC invites Stanford faculty and TA's to better understand learner variability, students with learning differences and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in higher education and the workplace. For more specifics, please click here.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for the design and implementation of inclusive educational and professional practices and technologies. What distinguishes UDL is that it focuses less on the perceived weaknesses of students–some would say disabilities–, and more on the barriers and obstacles that such students face in traditional methods, materials, and environments. UDL is rooted in the belief that all learners benefit when problems are solved for the margins.
For more information on UDL, please visit the UDL page on our website.
For more details, please click on Faculty FAQ’s.