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The Program for Academic Learning Skills (PALS)

During the past thirty years the Program for Academic Learning Skills (PALS) has been serving students with specific learning disabilities and ADD or ADHD at Hofstra University.  There is a onetime fee for the program, which provides every student with a learning specialist from freshmen year through to graduation.  Each student is paired up to meet individually with an experienced learning specialist.  All students come to us with a unique intellectual profile and with different academic dreams.  Hence, the PALS' curriculum can best be described as a dynamic, innovative and evolving relationship between each individual student and his or her instructor.  The guiding principle of our work in the Program for Academic Learning Skills is to get the students reading, writing, thinking and discussing not only the subject matter but also the process of their learning.