Academic Success Centre

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Academic Success Centre

The Academic Success Centre exists to help students succeed in their preparation for ministry leadership. Vanguard offers care to the whole student, and while our Campus Pastors offer care for emotional and spiritual wellbeing, the Academic Success Centre is specifically designed to assist with educational support. This is done through research tutoring, proofreading, time management help, as well as providing academic accommodations as needed.

Individual Education Plan

We are pleased to consult with students with documented learning needs to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP). IEPs provide academic accommodations similar to what students may have had in secondary school (i.e. if they were on an Individual Programme Plan – IPP). The following is an overview of our process for students requiring an IEP.

  1. The student must indicate on their Vanguard College Application they have a documented learning disability or had a previous IPP. They will then be flagged as someone requiring educational support.
  2. Students will be contacted by the Academic Success Centre and given the opportunity to schedule an IEP appointment.
  3. BEFORE students attend their IEP appointment, they MUST:
    1. Submit a copy of their psychological assessment or medical assessment identifying their diagnosis and/or learning needs. 
    2. Students will not be seen unless they have the required documentation.
  4. Once the IEP has been created, professors will be notified by the Academic Success Coordinator on behalf of the student.

Students needing financial assistance to cover the cost of any equipment or services required on their IEP can apply for disability funding through their province of residence (See Disability Funding). Paperwork for this funding will be completed during the IEP appointment.

Please note, in order to apply for this funding, students must first apply for students loans through their province of residence.

Educational Assistant

If a student requires one-on-one tutoring, the Academic Success Centre can provide an educational assistant for an additional charge. Students must request an educational assistant by filling out an individualized tutoring request form, and a deposit may be required to begin accessing these services. A final invoice will be given at the end of each term for payment. 

Students may be able to apply for disability funding with their province of residence (see Disability Funding for more information) to help pay for these services.

Disability Funding

Since Vanguard College is designated as an eligible institution member under the Canada Student Loan Act, students with a documented permanent disability may be eligible to receive disability funding, as well as equipment and services funding. In order to apply for disability or equipment and services funding, a student must first apply for student loans with their province of residence. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all required documentation for funding is completed. For those who would like help with the process, please email our Student Finance Administrator at studentfinance@vanguardcollege.com

For more information about Student Loans, refer to our student loans page. For more information about what kind of disability funding and/or equipment and services funding is available, students need to contact their student loan provider. To read about the Canada Equipment and Services Grant CLICK HERE.

During their IEP appointment, the required forms for the application will be filled out by the Academic Success Coordinator.

APA Resources

Need help writing your papers or assignments in APA format?  Please check the Resources for Students folder in Populi.

Services for Online Students

The following services are available for online students:
  1. We provide 30 minutes of proofreading time for each assignment, Learning Module, or Practical Activity. Assignments must be pre-proofread by the student, or the tutor may not be able to get through the whole assignment.
  2. We suggest that students download Grammarly for free. This will help them with the pre-proofreading so tutors can get through the paper faster, and will result in a higher quality completed paper.
  3. We offer virtual appointments for students looking to receive more personal and focused support through Google Hangout. Students can share a document and discuss it with others online.

A Message from the Peer Tutoring Centre

Hi Vanguard students!

We tutors want to ensure that you are getting the most out of our services so that you feel both supported and equipped to succeed in your studies. This is why we offer a variety of options for tutoring in order to best suit your needs and schedule availability.

The format of our services will change depending on the current health restrictions in place. Check Populi for the most up-to-date information on our availability. If you have questions about an assignment, need your paper proofread, want to improve your writing skills, don’t understand how to use APA format, or need other assignment help, please come see us! We would love to support you. We also offer free appointment times available throughout the week if our drop-in hours do not fit into your schedule.

Sincerely,

Your friendly neighbourhood tutors

Meet The Team

DR. CATH THORLAKSON, PHD, RPSYCH

Academic Success Coordinator

Education: BRE, Canadian Bible College; MRE (Counselling Specialization), Canadian Theological Seminary. Phd, Educational Psychology Capella University.
Experience: 10 years as pastor over various ministry areas. 11 years in private clinical counselling, 4 years as Addictions & Mental Health Therapist, 12 summers of camp ministries in Alberta and BC, Adjunct faculty for Ambrose University College 

Delaney Roth

Academic Success Centre Administrative Assistant

A recent Vanguard graduate, Delaney is excited to be a part of the Academic Success team and help other students succeed during their time at the college. She also serves as the Children's Pastor at a local church in Edmonton, which unfortunately leaves her very little time to pursue her passion for skipping rocks.