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WLC's campus is closed due to the state's Safer at Home order. Classes are being taught online. See the Campus Alerts page for details.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center serves as a hub for efficient and vital connections to advisors, professors, and students, creating relationships and providing services to enhance students' learning and academic success.

  • ADVISING RESOURCES

    The disruption of normal, face-to-face interactions is impacting WLC's academic advising process. Students should regularly check developments on myWLC (see the Registration Information and Advising Information links in the “Students” section). Students should also regularly check their WLC email for messages from professors and advisors.

    We will be reaching out to students on matters of academic progress and course registrations. WLC has updated the schedule for Fall 2020 registrations on myWLC, and returning students should begin to schedule conferences with their advisors.

    In the event that a student can't reach their advisor in a timely manner, or if advising matters are not resolved to a student's expectation, they are encouraged to use the form below to submit a request, which will be acknowledged within 24-48 hours. 

    ACADEMIC ADVISING REQUEST FORM

    WLC CATALOG

    MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH RESOURCES

    Mental Health Crisis

    If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please dial 911.

    If you are having suicidal thoughts or know someone who is, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline at 800.273.8255.Click here for Lifeline Crisis Chat.

    If you, or someone you know, is having a mental health crisis, call the Christian Family Solutions Crisis Line, available 24/7, at 800.438.1772, option #1.


    Campus Ministry Office at WLC

    Follow the Campus Ministry Office on YouTube as they offer devotions and other inspirational videos.


    Christian Family Solutions Resources for WLC Students

    • If you have been working with a counselor from Christian Family Solutions, please reach out to him/her directly regarding upcoming appointments and/or the availability of meeting via secure video connection.

    • If you are interested in requesting an appointment with a counselor from Christian Family Solutions, please complete this form. You can also reach out directly to Jackie Kacmarynski (jackie.kacmarynski@wlc.edu).

    ONLINE LEARNING TIPS

    From Dr. Rhoda Wolle, Dean of Student Success:

    Please know that your faculty and staff are diligently working to transfer your learning experience to an online environment. This is a challenging time for all and we are very concerned about how our students are doing through this transition. We would much rather have you on our campus for your face-to-face classes. But we will all pray for patience and grace as we continue to provide you with an excellent education. Your engagement is essential. To that end, here are a few tips to encourage you as you transition to online learning.

    Please know that our support services are still available to you. Tutoring is moving online for most disciplines. I am still happy to work with any student who wants to discuss study skills and strategies, time management, improving grades, memory and concentration, etc.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Tips to Excel in Online Learning

    • Treat your online course like you would if you were attending in person. You must “show up” if you are going to get real value out of your class.

    • Identify a quiet, distraction-free place for study and video conferences.

    • Try to stick closely with your normal class schedule.  For example, if you usually have BIO 202 lecture at 9 a.m., plan on spending 50 minutes focused on BIO 202 material for the designated lecture time.

    • Estimate how much time you will need to spend daily in order to meet deadlines and keep up with reading/study assignments.

    • Plan to spend 1 to 2 hours in addition to each lecture session studying the material on your own. Hold yourself accountable and set weekly goals. Actively participate in all online learning forums.

    • Use time management resources; utilize a planner to keep track of due dates.

    • Remember to use your RESOURCES. Online tutoring services will be provided. Keep in touch with your academic advisors and coaches as requested. Try using Skype or Zoom to set up online study groups and invite others from your class.

    • Communication is key. Connect with your professors more often. Ask what the best way to reach them is. Go through email regularly. You will be getting even more emails as this is the main mode of communication. Develop a way to organize your emails by course.

    • Find more practical strategies in this Manual for Online Learning

    • Take care of yourself physically and spiritually during your time away from campus. Be in the Word daily, eat balanced meals, get a good night sleep, drink lots of water, exercise, and please, practice social distancing. 

    TRANSITION TIPS FOR PARENTS

    Transitions Are Not Easy

    Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, and an infectious disease outbreak where people are being asked/required to practice social distancing and/or quarantine could have a great impact on the thoughts, behaviors, and emotions of those in your home.

    The Office of Student Life has assembled strategies to help you and your student while they are transitioning back into your homes and to learning via an online platform. These transitions are not easy for anyone, but working together can make it less stressful. 

    Keep perspective: No one is alone in this. This is uncharted territory for everyone. It is important to remind yourself and your student that change is usually stressful, but these challenges are an opportunity to learn and grow.

    Be patient: It will take time to adjust to this new normal, and that timeline is different for everyone. If you or your student is feeling overwhelmed try taking a deep breath, go for a walk, remember why this is happening, and/or look for purpose in this situation.

    Know what to expect: Many will feel a range of emotions through these transitions, often stemming from anxiety, worry, and/or fear. There may be concern about the health status of those they care about, resentment about quarantine/social distancing, and frustration with the lack of access to food and household supplies. The uncertainty with the ever-changing situation and the change in routines can lead to increased anxiety, boredom, loneliness, and depression. Be aware of these mood changes in your student. If they are experiencing these for more than two weeks, reach out to your health care provider or one of the resources below. 

    Create new routines: People often feel better and more in control once they have routines in place. Take this time to create a routine that works for you and your family. It should include a regular sleep schedule, meal and snack times, academic commitments, relaxation time, and exercise. It is important to find balance in all of these. 

    Positive mindset/self-talk: The inner dialogue you have with yourself can be either positive or negative. Become aware of it and shape it to be positive. Practice positive affirmations and challenge the negative thoughts that arise. 

    Practice self-care: It is important to take care of yourself at these times. Not only does it benefit your physical health, but your mental health as well. Re-kindle the love for an old hobby or try something new! Get outside for some fresh air, wave to a neighbor passing by, find ways to relax your body, and/or keep a journal. Be sure to exercise, eat healthy, and stay connected to others via phone and/or social media.

    Stay informed: The information about COVID-19 is constantly changing. Be sure to follow reliable sources of information and to limit media consumption if it is distressing. 

    Ask for help: Some will find this time to be more difficult than others. Don't keep it to yourself. Allow yourself to feel the feelings around this situation, which can range from fear and anxiety to depression, frustration, and anger. Then talk to your people and/or a professional. Asking for help is a sign of self-awareness and strength. There are people who can and want to help during these difficult times. Reference the list of resources at the end. 

    Residence Life staff: Peer-to-peer connections and support are critical. Please encourage your student to leverage his/her relationship with residence life staff and to contact their respective RA and/or RC as appropriate.  


    Resources available:

    Health Services
    Jackie.Kacmarynski@wlc.edu 
    414.443.8549

    Christian Family Solutions
    Appointment Request: Text “WLChelp” to 484848
    Crisis Hotline (available 24/7): 1.800.438.1772, option #1

    National Support
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK
    Crisis Text Line: TALK 741741 

    TUTORING

    From Dr. Rhoda Wolle, Dean of Student Success:

    I pray your transition to online learning is going well. We would much rather have you on our campus for your face-to-face classes, but we will all do our best to work through this time. The services that were available before are still available, we're all just working from home. 

    Your classmates who serve as peer tutors are still available to support you. Our data show a correlation between using tutors and increased GPA. It is vital that you stay engaged and connected in a remote learning environment. Please see the email I sent on March 25 for a list of tutors' email addresses. Email your content-area tutor when you are ready, and they will set up a time and a way to work with you!

    Our Writing Tutor team is ready to assist students with writing projects. To get help from a writing tutor, please follow the instructions in my March 25 email.

    As always, if you have any questions, concerns, challenges, or even good things you want to report, I am here and ready to listen and support your efforts. 

  • The Student Success Center exists to provide a high level of support for all students and faculty and is conveniently located on the main level of the Marvin M. Schwan Library.

    The Center offers the following services for students:

    • Academic Tutors - Tutors explain class material and form study groups.
    • Writing Tutors - Writing tutors aid students in the writing process and revision of papers.
    • Peer Mentors - Mentors support students in developing study skills and good habits.
    • Support Services - The Center faculty and staff meet with students to explore individual learning styles and strategies needed for their success.  

    CliftonStrengths

    All Wisconsin Lutheran College students are encouraged to use the CliftonStrengths online assessment to assist them in identifying their top five themes of talent. 

    The CliftonStrengths program teaches students how to develop their natural talents into strengths and apply them for success in all areas of their lives. It can be used as a resource in discussions regarding academics, advising, personal life, career, and spiritual life.

    Contact Us

    Dr. Rhoda Wolle
    Dean of Student Success
    Email
    414.443.8517
    Becky Jeffers
    Student Success Counselor
    Email
    414.443.8812 
    Suzanne Otto
    Student Success Counselor
    Email
    414.443.8812
  • PRAXIS TEST INFORMATION

    The Praxis Test dates and details can be found by going to the  Official Praxis Site. Praxis preparation and study books are located by the Student Success Center desk in the library. Click on the following resources for practice tests and tips on how to successfully pass the Praxis tests.

    Preparing for the Praxis I PPST

    Full Tests

    Writing

    Reading

    Math

    Preparing for the Praxis II

    Preparation

    Studying

    Helpful Tip:  For the middle school content knowledge test, check out 6th grade level math, science, social studies, and reading textbooks. The content on the test is very similar to the 6th grade textbooks.

    RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

    Wisconsin Lutheran College has many resources and services to help students succeed. Become familiar with our resources and encourage students to reach out for help.

    Helping Your Student Succeed in College (PDF)

    WLC Parents Index Page (Link)