How do learning communities work?
Learning Communities offer students a great way to learn and to connect with other students! As a student in a learning community, you will be part of a group of no more than 25 students in courses that are “linked.” The small size of your group and the connection of your courses provides a dynamic and personal learning experience. Taking the same classes together promotes increased communication among students and professors. You will learn in interactive ways and make new friends.
In a learning community, what you study becomes more engaging, and helps with your critical thinking. The two or more classes that you take share a common theme and related assignments. For example, in a learning community that links Biology with Psychology, a common theme might be “health.” You would use what you learn in both subjects to explore a real-world issue such as diabetes. In this way, you connect and apply what you learn.
Students in learning communities get additional support as the learning communities program has its own counselors, advisers, and other support services. In addition, some learning communities can be used to satisfy the writing intensive requirement.
Why should I join a learning community?
Students who take part in our learning communities:
Earn higher grades
Get to know their instructors better
Become more involved in their own educational decisions
Develop team building and communication skills
Register for convenient class schedules
Enjoy smaller class sizes
Finish college faster
Who should enroll in a learning community?
New, continuing, returning, and transfer students who are interested in being connected, supported, challenged, and excited during their time at Kingsborough.
What kind of learning community should I join?
a number of different learning communities, for different student groups
“I learned to look at the things that around me from a different point of view …. In English class we discussed Sociology, and the professor helped us to understand sociology in an easy way. She brings examples from our lives.”
“In this fantastic program, I can talk to my classmates when I have any questions. We study together and get better at communicating to other people from different cultures.”
“The Psychology class help me to improve my English….I know new words and…[how to be] clear in my ideas.”
“When we have a test on Psychology, our English course helps us to review the key words and gives us practice tests so that we can find something we forgot or did not understand before.”
“The program helped me to think positive things about my college goal.”
If you are considering taking Summer classes you may be eligible to participate in the 2nd Annual Kingsborough Institute for Civic Engagement.
Contact Gayle Becker for more information, in E-106 or at 718-368-5105
Attention Spring 2012 Opening Doors Students!