Learning Strategists

Tanya Hyland and Rashelle Litchmore 

Tanya Hyland, BA, MA

Tanya Hyland has joined Woodsworth College as a Learning Strategist, in partnership with Accessibility Services.

As a Learning Strategist, Tanya works one to one with students from Woodsworth College and students referred by Accessibility Services. She meets with students to assess and practice academic skills related to time management, note taking and test-taking.  She has significant experience in supporting students with disabilities with goal-setting, meeting deadlines and exploring adaptive technology.

Tanya also develops and delivers academic skills workshops in collaboration with Woodsworth College Faculty, the Dean of Students and Registratial staff, to meet the diverse needs of Woodsworth students. 

Tanya comes to Woodsworth from Accessibility Services (UofT) where she was a Disability Counsellor for 13 years, with expertise in working with students with complex mental health issues, visual disabilities and chronic health issues.

She has been a frequent presenter at local and national conferences on issues related to disability and academic accommodation, transitions to post-secondary as well as collaborations with campus partners, such as residences and Student Health and Wellness.

Education: 
Counselling Certificate - Centennial College 2007
MA - Institute of Political Economy - Carleton University - 2011
BA, Hons - History and Political Science - Trent University - 1997

Rashelle Litchmore, BA, MA, PhD (in progress)

As Learning Strategist, Rashelle works with students in the Academic Bridging Program at Woodsworth College, the Transitional Year Programme, as well as graduates of these programs who are currently registered in full time undergraduate studies. Through one-on-one sessions and integrated workshops, she uses learner centred approaches to assist students in developing their academic skills, specifically time management, goal setting, essay writing, study skills and others. In working with these students she encourages critical self-reflection that emphasizes students’ current strengths and prior experiences that will assist them in improving their academic abilities at UofT.


Rashelle held a prior position with University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, where she was a Learning Skills Advisor for First Generation students through the Department of Student Life. She also has many years of experience working with programs that assist students systemically directed away from university to consider it as an option. This includes the Imani Mentorship Program that she established as an undergraduate at UTSC. She is currently completing her PhD in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Guelph. Her research is on the experiences of Black high school students in Toronto under Ontario’s current inclusive education policies. She has also published research on the experiences of racial and religious minorities in Canada.


Education:
BSc., Psychology – University of Toronto (Scarborough) - 2008
MA, Applied Social Psychology – University of Guelph - 2012
PhD (in progress), Applied Social Psychology – University of Guelph