Everything I need to know I learned in the Learning Center

Jul 30, 2011  |     |   General

Most people would say that as the Learning Center Director I help our clients improve their academic skills. But I know they are learning so much more. I am teaching them skills that they can use in other aspects of their life.

  • When to ask for help: Sometimes the material is tough. Which is frustrating, since I am teaching skills we all were supposed to learn in elementary school. Asking for help requires humility and admitting that we cannot make it alone.
  • When to walk away: Sometimes, because the material is tough, my students get frustrated. It is at these times they need to take a break and try again later.
  • When to keep trying: Even when things get tough, even after taking a break, it is important to not give up. My students can accomplish whatever they set their mind to.
  • Attitude: “I think I can” leads to “I can” and “I did”. This is true for learning to multiply fractions and maintaining sobriety.
  • Patience: Sometimes the computers are slow or not working. Getting mad and throwing a fit won’t make them faster or fix them. Just wait it out.
  • Taking turns: I have 12 computers for 35 students, and 100 other residents. Sometimes you can’t spend as much time checking email, or you may have to wait a few minutes to get started.
  • Setting goals: Oftentimes, my students are overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be completed. I help them break their assignments into smaller bits and set goals of when they will accomplish them.
  • Time management: “I don’t have time to go to the Learning Center!” Yes, you do. If you have time to read your email, chat with your friends, take a walk, or take a nap, you have time to come to the Learning Center.
  • Priorities: Along with time management, my students must decide what is important. A smoke break could be better spent working in the Learning Center for 15 minutes.
  • Following through: Anyone can set a goal. It requires action to complete the goal.
  • Pride: My students are making great progress, and I praise them every chance I get. My students are changing from addicts to smart, capable Children of God. They are growing everyday, and this is something to be proud of.
Micole Harms
Learning Center Director