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College and University Coaching Services for Underachievement

Some college and university students struggle to achieve the grades they need to pass their courses or to achieve good enough grades to enter graduate school programs.

These students may have done sufficiently well through study and tutoring to achieve high enough marks at the high school level to enter post-secondary programs. However, once there they find themselves in college or university classes that are large and impersonal, where attendance is not enforced and rules are relaxed compared to high school. They run into situations where they are no longer achieving the grades they need to feel successful.

  Red Flags for Achievement for College and University Students

There are several different kinds of students who experience these problems. Please consider the following to see if it applies to you or to someone you know:

  • Some students have long term learning disabilities that have not been diagnosed, especially in the auditory processing system (listening and learning from oral presentations such as lectures). Read more

  • Some students’ study, organization and test taking skills are weak. They have not learned good study skills on how to learn. Read more

  • Some students are passing their courses but achieving only mediocre grades that will not allow them access to the graduate programs of their choice. Read more

The Vancouver Learning Centre can be of great assistance to students with these kinds of difficulties. Please see the next steps at the end of each description that follows.


Some students have long term learning disabilities that have not been diagnosed, especially in the auditory processing system (listening and learning from oral presentations such as lectures).

These students have been able to manage in the routine and rule-based high school program with access to text material and extra help. In the larger and freer context of the university classroom they reach their challenge level, especially when the lecture process is used to deliver a large part of the information that cannot be directly found easily in text material.

At the Vancouver Learning Centre following a neuropsychological and educational assessment we are able to determine if a learning disability is affecting the auditory processing of information. We can then target design programs to improve auditory efficiency and to teach learning methods and strategies that will allow them to be more successful in their post-secondary classroom regardless of the subject matter they are learning.

We are also able to provide standardized test results that lead to adjudication procedures that provide more time for tests, technological assistance, etc.


Next Steps

  1. If you would like to have answers as to what can be done, you can book a complimentary interview with Vancouver Learning Centre Director Andrew Taylor by telephone at 604-738-2277 or by e-mail .
  2. If after you are fully informed through the interview and by reading this website you are interested in proceeding, Andrew will provide you with an assessment date to begin the process.
  3. If you have further concerns or questions you can speak to VLC principal and senior psychologist, Dr. Geraldine Schwartz, either by telephone or by booking a further personal complimentary interview.
  4. The assessment will provide a clear statement of the student’s cognitive and educational strengths and weaknesses along with a detailed program that is offered as a proposal. The program is delivered by the Vancouver Learning Centre’s highly qualified teaching faculty, one-to-one.
  5. Please remember that this process is a direct investment in your future. The skills you learn at the Vancouver Learning Centre will become a permanent part of your performance, both on your academic journey and in the workplace situations that follow.


Some students’ study organization and test taking skills are weak.

These students have not learned the basic academic and test-taking skills to succeed in the much larger arena of the college and university classroom. Without specific homework steps and the guidance they received in high school they find it difficult to hand in larger projects in a timely way. They miss deadlines and find it difficult to prepare for exams. Given the loose and seemingly informal system they succumb to the many new and exciting distractions of college and university life.

At the Vancouver Learning Centre following a neuropsychological and educational assessment we are able to look at their strengths and weaknesses and target design an individualized coaching program to teach the skills they need to succeed.

Students need to know strategies for learning. They need to learn how to learn. In our experience, college students benefit greatly from instruction that teaches them how to most efficiently and effectively prepare for exams and lectures. Students with motivation difficulties and organizational challenges are most likely to benefit from lessons in Cognitive Behaviour Management Training which teaches self-awareness and methods to make a student accountable to him or herself. Finally, they benefit from a targeted coaching program that is strategic and goal directed.


Next Steps

  1. If you would like to have answers as to what can be done, you can book a complimentary interview with Vancouver Learning Centre Director Andrew Taylor by telephone at 604-738-2277 or by e-mail .
  2. If after you are fully informed through the interview and by reading this website you are interested in proceeding, Andrew will provide you with an assessment date to begin the process.
  3. If you have further concerns or questions you can speak to VLC principal and senior psychologist, Dr. Geraldine Schwartz, either by telephone or by booking a further personal complimentary interview.
  4. The assessment will provide a clear statement of the student’s cognitive and educational strengths and weaknesses along with a detailed program that is offered as a proposal. The program is delivered by the Vancouver Learning Centre’s highly qualified teaching faculty, one-to-one.
  5. Please remember that this process is a direct investment in your future. The skills you learn at the Vancouver Learning Centre will become a permanent part of your performance, both on your academic journey and in the workplace situations that follow.


Some students are passing their courses but achieving only mediocre grades that will not allow them access to the graduate programs of their choice.

These students often work hard, but they do not have access to the advanced learning techniques, tools and strategies that would allow them to turn mediocre grades into excellent ones.

Following a neuropsychological and educational assessment that allows us at the Vancouver Learning Centre to target design a personal coaching program based on both their strengths and the development of their weaker skills, we will teach these students how to use the learning tools they need to achieve personal best results that will enhance their opportunities to achieve better grades and therefore access to graduate schools and programs of their choice.

The VLC has been very successful in teaching college level academic writing and editing skills. Many of our students have come through high school without these skills: skills that every college professor assumes they have. Lessons in mind-mapping, idea development, research and a process-oriented approach to writing make college essays the enjoyable learning experience they are supposed to be.


Next Steps

  1. If you would like to have answers as to what can be done, you can book a complimentary interview with Vancouver Learning Centre Director Andrew Taylor by telephone at 604-738-2277 or by e-mail .
  2. If after you are fully informed through the interview and by reading this website you are interested in proceeding, Andrew will provide you with an assessment date to begin the process.
  3. If you have further concerns or questions you can speak to VLC principal and senior psychologist, Dr. Geraldine Schwartz, either by telephone or by booking a further personal complimentary interview.
  4. The assessment will provide a clear statement of the student’s cognitive and educational strengths and weaknesses along with a detailed program that is offered as a proposal. The program is delivered by the Vancouver Learning Centre’s highly qualified teaching faculty, one-to-one.
  5. Please remember that this process is a direct investment in your future. The skills you learn at the Vancouver Learning Centre will become a permanent part of your performance, both on your academic journey and in the workplace situations that follow.


In some cases students may have any of the three kinds of learning difficulties described above, but do not feel they are due to learning disabilities.

These college and university students may access the VLC dynamic learning procedures and faculty team without assessment in the summer months of May, June, July and August whenever there is room in the schedule.


Next Steps

  1. If you would like to have answers as to what can be done, you can book a complimentary interview with Vancouver Learning Centre Director Andrew Taylor by telephone at 604-738-2277 or by e-mail .
  2. If after you are fully informed through the interview and by reading this website you are interested in proceeding, Andrew will arrange for you to access a program delivered one-to-one by the Vancouver Learning Centre’s highly qualified teaching faculty.
  3. If you have further concerns or questions you can speak to VLC principal and senior psychologist, Dr. Geraldine Schwartz, either by telephone or by booking a further personal complimentary interview.
  4. Please remember that this process is a direct investment in your future. The skills you learn at the Vancouver Learning Centre will become a permanent part of your performance, both on your academic journey and in the workplace situations that follow.

 









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