On the Road to Developing a Learning Advisory Program (LAP)

Uzun T., Karaaslan H., Şen M.

STUDIES IN SELF-ACCESS LEARNING JOURNAL, vol.7, pp.84-95, 2016 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.84-95
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


Learning Advisory Program (LAP) was launched at Yildirim Beyazit University School of Foreign Languages in the 2015-2016 academic year. The LAP, under the guidance of the instructors and advisors at the Independent Learning Centre (ILC), was planned to be used initially with students of a specific profile, composed of low-achieving, unmotivated students - the so-called 'repeat' students. In our case, 'repeat' students pose a challenge in that teachers have difficulty identifying their individual needs, and catering for them. To address this, we enrolled these students in a partially online blended learning program. Students were also informed about the possibility of getting individual support from ILC advisors. In order to facilitate the advising sessions, new materials and tools have been devised or adapted. A few months' experience in advising has given us a better understanding of our students and raised our motivation to turn the LAP into a more functional system.