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What are the objectives of LTL?
What do we offer?
Who can participate in LTL?
What are the LTL skills?
How can the LTL system help faculty?

Learning to Learn is a federally funded program located on the Boston College campus at 50 College Rd. We are a program designed to improve students' critical thinking abilities and provide them with the learning skills they need to succeed in college and beyond.

Established at Boston College in 1979, the Learning to Learn program is a national model that has been adopted by over 100 colleges in the United States and abroad. LTL has been designated as an Exemplary Program by the U.S. Department of Education: It is the only college-level program which the Department of Education found to result in significant, long-term improvements in both college students' grade point averages and graduation rates.

At Boston College, repeated studies have shown that 95–98% of students who participated in the program went on to graduate from BC (the graduation rate for students not participating in the LTL program was 83%).

What are the objectives of Learning to Learn?

The Learning to Learn Program has three aims:

  • To facilitate the development of independent lifelong learning
  • To help students implement effective strategies for analytical thinking and academic performance
  • To enable students to excel academically and to successfully balance other activities and responsibilities

What do we offer?

  • Applications of Learning Theory course (PS005)
  • GRE & LSAT prep classes
  • College Transition Program
    (3 week pre-freshman summer program)
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Academic & personal counseling
  • Cultural events
  • Liaison to other university departments, including Residential Life, Student Services, Deans' Offices, etc.
  • LTL staff offer workshops on our program methodology to all BC faculty and staff who are interested.
  • Administration of Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI)

Who can participate in the Learning to Learn Program?

Any registered BC undergraduate student can participate.
Targeted population:

  • First-generation college (i.e., parents do not have a four-year degree)
  • High financial need
  • Learning disabled or physically challenged
  • Students with 2.4 GPA or below

What are the Learning to Learn skills?

  • Generating questions from lecture notes
  • Reading to answer questions
  • Time management/task management
  • Writing to answer questions
  • Picturing new terms
  • Reading for examples

Exam strategies include:

  • Key word diagrams
  • Question charts
  • Mock exams and exam analysis

How can the Learning to Learn system help faculty?

By integrating the Learning to Learn system into their teaching, faculty have been able to positively affect the
following student issues:

  • Lack of motivation
  • Inability to read effectively
  • Poor analytical thinking skills
  • Difficulties with time management
  • Passivity
  • Absence of organizational skills
  • Emphasis on grades rather than learning