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Holistic Learning Program

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The Holistic Learning Program responds to your desire for self-improvement.

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Our mission is to create space for learners to:

  • Explore and identify goals.
  • Create self-directed action plans.
  • Develop adaptive skills to problem-solve barriers to learning.
  • See techniques modeled, try/practice them, and learn to implement them independently.
  • Connect to resources.
  • Foster balance and wellness.

We provide support around:

  • Academic Tools and Strategies
    • Time Management: Building and organizing a schedule, daily routines, problem-solving procrastination and productivity.
  • Adaptive Skills
    • Learning Style: Assessment and strategies for playing to your strengths.
    • Habits: Understanding how they form and how to change them.
    • Goal Setting: How to set a goal, identify action items to work towards it, and problem solve barriers.

Connect with HLP

The office of accessibility resources and services (OARS) developed the Holistic Learning Program with the goal of making coaching, resources, and programming accessible to all students, whether they are able to disclose a disability.

Schedule a Coaching Session

Call 413.559.5498 to schedule a meeting with Aaron Ferguson, director of OARS.
Email srcLO@hampshire.edu to meet with Sasha Conley, Holistic Learning Alumni Fellow.

What does coaching involve?

  • Coaching involves working one-on-one with a staff member or alumni fellow. It is non-clinical, is not therapy, and is not a replacement for those services.
  • If you have a quick question, or want a short explanation of the options available to you without having to share too many details of your own specific needs, visit OARS drop-in hours Fridays 1-3pm in CASA, in Lemelson Building.
  • An initial meeting (typically 1 hour) allows the student to discuss their academic and personal background and learn about the HLP staff’s relevant knowledge and experience. We discuss what brings you into HLP and what the program offers.
    • Together we establish a baseline understanding of which tools you are currently using, what you do well, and what your learning style and preferences are. From there we determine what skills you are looking to develop and what methods you might use to explore your goals.
  • HLP is designed to facilitate an iterative process. Different people need different amounts of time to try out tools and strategies, or process the last coaching session before coming back to workshop more skills. As a result, our program can be engaged with regularly or as needed*.
    • Recurring coaching sessions are typically 30 minutes.
    • Staff can suggest small, incremental tweaks that add up to a substantial change over the semester, or students may benefit from meeting once regarding a particular tool, strategy, or problem.

* Coaching is available on a first-come-first serve basis, so if there is not currently space to schedule a regular coaching session, we offer a waitlist and will be in touch with you as soon as time becomes available. We look forward to expanding our services in the future with the development of a peer mentorship program. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming trained as a mentor in late 2018 or 2019.

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