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Student Learning Center

During these uncertain times, the SLC wants to assure students that we are still here to support you.

However, all appointments will be online.  

Please watch the videos below for more information.

Learning Specialists: 1-hour appointments
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 8 pm
Friday 9 am – 4 pm

Student Consultants/Tutors: 30-minute appointments
Sunday – Thursday 7 pm – 11 pm

“WARNING: This video contains flashing lights and may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.”

The Ringling College Student Learning Center (SLC) is for everyone. Our goal is to provide creative academic support in a nurturing environment. Your academic goals vary, from playing catch up to staying ahead of the pack, so our approach is individualized just for you. We welcome students looking for help in specific academic subjects, as well as those looking for some beyond-the-classroom support in areas such as time management, writing, or conversational English. Depending on your needs, we offer professional Learning Specialists for one-on-one attention and a staff of Student Consultants.

Services

Services Offered by Learning Specialists

Our Learning Specialists are here to work with you individually (free of charge!) in any/all of the areas below:

Projects and presentations are a fundamental part of Ringling College’s curriculum, and our Learning Specialists can help with brainstorming, research, organization, editing, and bibliographies. Most importantly, we can help you develop presentation skills and share strategies for dealing with nervousness and anxiety during public speaking.

Improve your reading comprehension by working to develop active reading strategies and to avoid re-reading. No more wasting time. Whether it’s a textbook or pdf, we can help you be a more effective reader who scores higher on reading quizzes.

Tests and exams cover a vast amount of material. So study with a Learning Specialist who will share proven study tools, tips, memory devices, and practice questions. We focus on your area of need to help make study time more effective.

Work with a Learning Specialist on writing assignments from any class and get support for all phases of the writing process from brainstorming, research, organization, internal citations, bibliographies, and editing/revising. We help with Freshmen Writing Studio assignments, art history papers, liberal arts research or response papers, senior thesis projects, creative writing, film scripts, and more. Learn to write academic papers correctly in order to avoid accidental plagiarism. Also, get help with grammar and mechanics if this is an area of weakness.

Learn to prioritize your schedule and make the most effective use of your time to ensure you can study, socialize, eat, sleep, and create. Work with a Learning Specialist to create an in-depth time management plan on a Google doc in order to revise it as the semester progresses. Come in and make a plan for the whole semester or a shorter plan for upcoming deadlines.

Services Offered by Student Consultants

In the afternoons and evenings, our Student Consultants are here to help.  

Work on papers for any class and get help with all phases of the writing process including brainstorming, research, organization, internal citations, bibliographies, and editing/revising.

Our Consultants use current topics of interest to help you practice speaking and listening in a casual, comfortable environment.

Get off on the right track by working with a Consultant to create a basic time management plan in Google Docs that you can tweak and revise as needed throughout the semester. For more in-depth time management, schedule an appointment with a Learning Specialist.

Contact Us

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, just send us an email at the addresses below.

Admissions Questions
(applying, portfolio, transfers, deadlines, events)
admissions@ringling.edu

General Questions
info@ringling.edu

Media Inquiries
(contact, releases, news)

Accessibility Inquiries
communications@ringling.edu

Ringling College of Art + Design

2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
info@ringling.edu
Phone:(941)351-5100

Office Hours:
M-F 8:30 am – 4:30 pm EST

FAQ

Who can come to the Student Learning Center for help? 

  • The SLC is free and available to ALL Ringling students.

Are students required to come?

  • No one is required to come to the SLC. It is totally up to the student.

How long are appointments?

  • Appointments with Learning Specialists are 1 hour and appointments with Student Consultants are 30 minutes.

How often should a student come to the SLC?

  • Students come when they need help. Some students come once a week, but others only come once or twice before a big exam.

Do you offer tutoring for studio classes?

  • Tutoring for studio classes is handled through the departments, so students should contact instructors if they need help outside the classroom.

What happens during an appointment?

  • One thing that does not happen – we do not do the work for you. 

  • We do make the appointment fit you and your learning style.

  • Some students may need help editing a paper while others may need help memorizing 50 works of art.

Will you communicate with my instructors for me?

  • No, but we will help you write an email or practice a conversation with them.

What if the Time Management plan we create does not work?

  • Come back to see a Learning Specialist and work together to modify the plan.

Can you help with anxiety during presentations or critique?

  • We cannot cure anxiety, but we can teach you techniques to deal with it while making a presentation.

Will you talk to my parents and explain how difficult the work is at Ringling?

  • No, but we will help you role play a conversation with them.

Testimonials

Justin Farris, Computer Animation, ’11

“The Center was the most important asset available to me at Ringling. I had a heavy workload and was determined to keep my grades up in order to keep my scholarships. The Learning Specialist helped me with my liberal arts classes, so I was able to focus on my animation, which led to a job at Pixar immediately after graduation.”

Lisa Hammes Stause, Interior Design, ’15

“I initially sought help from the Learning Center during my freshman year to improve my study skills and found myself excelling academically, which I had never done before. I attribute graduating with honors to my application of skills I learned from the Learning Specialist. They showed me how to succeed in such a caring and enthusiastic way.”

Maxwell Kennedy, Photography & Imaging, ’17

“Time spent in the Learning Center was time well spent. Writing is not my strong suit, so my grades were suffering and not really reflective of my true ability. The Learning Specialist assessed my needs and helped me develop my own unique skill set to improve my writing. This helped me achieve acceptance to grad school at Goldsmiths University of London.”

Daniel Jeffers, Fine Arts, ’18

“Without support from the professionals at the Learning Center, I would never have graduated. As a veteran with no college experience, I was in over my head, but they encouraged and supported me every step of the way. I recommend all incoming students take advantage of all the support and guidance they have to offer.”

Sunghee Park, Illustration & Visual Development, ’19

“As an international student and Davis scholar, I can’t say enough about the support from the Learning Center. My understanding of English in written and spoken forms increased dramatically over the four years I worked with a Learning Specialist. In one hour, we could accomplish what would take me four or five hours to complete on my own. Now I have the confidence to develop my art career here in the U.S.”

Matthew Royal, Illustration, ‘19

“As a person on the Autism Spectrum, communication and organization in school have always been big problems. But the Learning Specialist was so patient, even when she had to remind me about an assignment many times. She helped me to build the skills and confidence I needed to speak to my instructors and I even learned to make presentations in front of the whole class.”

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Interlibrary Loan

Attention: Due to ongoing closures from our partner libraries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to fill most book or book chapter interlibrary loan requests. We will continue to do our best to process article requests in a timely manner depending on availability.

  • Loan Request
  • Magazine/Article Request
Interlibrary Loan Magazine/Article Request

Staff

Director of Library Services

941-359-7582

Kristina Keogh

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian

941-359-7583

Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   

941-359-7586

Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian

941-309-0038

Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian

941-359-7671

Kayla Morrell

Archivist

941-309-4055

Alexandra Vargas-Fournier

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   

941-359-7631

Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)

941-359-7630

Katy Brandes

Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  

941-359-7587

Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  

941-359-7584

Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Circulation Assistant)  

941-359-7587

Sean Farrell

Circulation Assistant

 

Vacant

Circulation Assistant

 

Christina Song

Circulation Assistant Arianna Westerfield

Borrowing

Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.

Spaces

The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

The library remains closed to all non-Ringling College visitors, including the general public and alumni, until further notice.

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Monday -Thursday: 8 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 11 PM

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

Visit Us

Ringling College of Art + Design
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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Suggest a Purchase: Library Acquisitions Request

We welcome recommendations for new library materials from the Ringling College community. Librarians will consider all requests bearing in mind their appropriateness for the collections and the current budget.
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