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General FAQS

FAQS for Students

FAQs for Faculty


General FAQS


What are your hours of operation? How do I contact the SLC?

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.

Mailing address:

Schwab Learning Center

563 Salvatierra Walk, Rm 126

Stanford, CA 94305

Phone:  650-497-3391


What services does the Schwab Learning Center (SLC) offer?

The Schwab Learning Center currently provides free services to undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Please register here to start the process.

Click here to learn more about what we do

What can you learn from your SLC Personal Learning Profile (PLP)?

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.  

What is a Learning Specialist?

A Learning Specialist partners with you as you navigate the rigorous demands of your program and build cognitive self-awareness.  You might think of your Learning Specialist as a coach for lifelong learning.  Your Learning Specialist can help you define your answers to these questions 

Which learning strategies work for me?   
Which natural strengths can I tap into?   
How can I leverage technology to make my life and learning easier?   
How can I collaborate with others on campus to get the information or support I need?

How can I get in the driver's seat when it comes to my learning?

What is a Personal Learning Portfolio?

The PL Portfolio is an extension of the PLP described above. It is the cumulative body of work, also know as a customized toolbox of your strengths, strategies, goals, and progress. 

How do I know if I'm eligible for SLC services?
The SLC services students who have diagnosed learning differences such as Dyslexia and ADHD.  We also serve student who have a strong likelihood of learner variability.


What can you achieve in 1, 3, or 10 learning strategy sessions?

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.

Who is qualified to receive Schwab Learning Center Services?

The Schwab Learning Center provides free academic services to Stanford students. 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.

Do you require documentation (IEP, 504, or other professional evaluation)?

Eligibility for academic SLC services requires one or more of the following:

  • An IEP or 504 plan from a current or previous school
  • An evaluation that indicates the presence of a learning difference
  • The likelihood of learner variability as determined by a learning specialist after the student completes the SLC Interview & Personal Learning Profile

FAQS for Students

What is the difference between SLC tutoring and Student Learning Connection tutoring? What is the difference between Lifespan Strategies and Academic Skills Coaching?

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. SLC services are free and require registration and a meeting with a Learning Specialist to get started.

The Student Learning Connection through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) 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). 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 on subject tutoring, please visit the CTL website.

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.

FAQs for Faculty

What services does the Schwab Learning Center offer faculty?

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.

What is UDL?

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 Stanford UDL page on our website.

For more details, please click on Faculty FAQ’s.