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For Students

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

learning community students 

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?  

Kingsborough offers a number of different learning communities, for different student groups

      
Candice Rosado
​If you are a continuing student, learning communities without the First Year Seminar (SD 10) are appropriate for you as long as you have met prerequisites needed for every course in the link. Some of these learning communities may include a one-credit Integrative Seminar, which is designed to help support and integrate what you are learning in your other courses. Please contact Candice Rosado at Candice.Rosado@kbcc.cuny.edu or at 718-368-6849.
​If you are an incoming freshman, you should enroll in a learning community that includes  SD 10 – Kingsborough’s First-Year Seminar. SD 10 will help you learn to navigate the College, and your SD instructor also serves as your academic adviser. For more information, please contact Samantha Sierra at Samantha.Sierra@kbcc.cuny.edu or at 718-368-4903.   
Samantha Sierra
Tara Thompson
​​If you are an incoming multilingual freshman who would benefit from English language support, we offer two-semester ESL learning communities which link English courses with the First Year Seminar (SD 10), Speech, and another subject area, including Psychology, Sociology, History, and Health Education. These learning communities also include tutoring in a Reading Lab. To learn more, please contact Tara Thompson at Tara.Thompson@kbcc.cuny.edu or at 718-368-6610.
​If you are a student who is eligible for ASAP, please contact ASAP at asap@kbcc.cuny.edu or at 718-368-5616.

What are students saying about their experiences in learning communities?


“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!

 
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