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There is no one typical HDS student. Each cohort of students is made of individuals with a variety of academic and professional experience and the rigors of the HDS classroom can be particularly challenging, especially for students who are coming back to school, changing disciplines, or are non-native English speakers and writers. The Office of Student Life coordinates learning resources and support services that are flexible and designed to meet the varied needs of our student population. For referral to any of the available services, a student may set up a consultation appointment with the assistant dean for student affairs, Tim Whelsky.
Milton Kornfeld is available two days a week to assist current HDS students with the organization and structure of essays, their clarity and coherence, grammar, usage, and punctuation. He is available on a drop-in basis or by appointment. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life.
The assistant dean for student affairs maintains contacts with professional tutors who can provide limited assistance with writing, English as a second language, and learning for some foreign languages. Students may meet with him to seek a referral.
Graduate Student Learning Support (GSLS)
GSLS is a program available to students in Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Law School, the Graduate School of Design, Harvard Business School, and the School of Public Health, and is designed to assist students with academic and learning concerns. These concerns may include, but are not limited to, struggles learning new material, reading comprehension, math, writing or test-taking difficulties.
Students who are considering testing for learning difficulties also have services available through GSLS. Such students may be referred to Ann Daniels, who is available to meet individually with students and determine whether further psychological assessment is necessary. She may provide some limited psychological assessment, or when necessary, refer students for a neuropsychological evaluation. Or, students may be assigned to work with a learning specialist to improve study skills or learning strategies in order to maximize their academic potential. Students must meet with the assistant dean for student affairs at HDS, Tim Whelsky, to assess needs and get a referral to the GSLS program.