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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ’S

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:  650-497-5553


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

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.

Our current services:

  • Alumni and Peer Mentoring, Community Building at Stanford and Beyond (Alumni)


  • Consultation, Screening/Personal Learning Profile and Referral (Students, Residents, Post-docs, Fellows)
    • LD/ADHD Screening: The SLC provides 2-hour screenings for individuals with suspected learning differences. The results do not lead to a diagnosis, but rather shed light on the likelihood of the presence of LD or ADHD. The Personal Learning Profile is part of the screening


  • One-On-One Lifespan Strategies Sessions (Students, Residents, Post-docs, Fellows)
    • Learning Strategies: 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 many others.
    • Executive Functioning Strategies: Time Management, Organization and Planning, Task Initiation and Completion.


  • Speaker Series and Forums on UDL, Learning Differences, and Navigating School and Work (Students, Alumni, Residents, Post-docs, Fellows, Parent/Guardians, Faculty/Staff)
    • Participation in the UDL Innovation Studio in Partnership with CAST: All SLC students are invited to participate in the development of new ways of engagement at school and work in the UDL Innovation Studio. Come design with us to make the world a better place for all learners at school and in the workplace.


  • Technology Evaluation and Training (Students, Residents, Post-docs, Fellows)
    • Technology Evaluation and Training: Using a Universal Design for Learning approach, a variety of tools and technology can be recommended based on a student's Personal Learning Profile and an evaluation conducted with our UDL and Strategy Specialist.


  • Tutor Connection Service (Students)


For more detailed descriptions of our services, please visit the Services page on our website.


Who is qualified to receive Schwab Learning Center Services?

The Schwab Learning Center serves Stanford students, residents, post-docs, fellows, alumni, faculty, and parents/guardians with a variety of services. 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


FAQ’S 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 offers 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. 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. Thus, the SLC is not a standalone tutoring center. The SLC offers its services to those with Learning Differences (dyslexia, ADHD, and other learner variability) or suspected learning differences. 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.

VPTL provides free subject tutoring and foreign language conversation practice with peers who are specially trained to 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.

FAQ’s 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. For more specifics, please click here.

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 UDL page on our website.

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