Learning Specialist Services

Downers Grove, IL campus

 Make an Appointment Location
& Hours
Learning Specialist Services Counseling
Self-Help Information
Self-Help Information
Tutoring Services

Make an Appointment

Learning Specialist services are FREE to all students currently enrolled at Midwestern University. All appointments are made directly with the Director of Counseling Services, Carrie Torgerson, Ph.D., LCSW. Dr. Torgerson can be contacted by phone – 630-515-7142 or email ctorge@midwestern.edu.

All inquiries are treated in a confidential manner. Please expect that questions will be asked regarding current stressors, symptoms, and academic needs so that you can be assigned to the most appropriate resource best suited to meet your specific needs. The Learning Specialist is available Monday through Friday. Please notify us if you will be late. Twenty-four-hour notice of cancellation allows us to use the time for other students in need.

Location & Hours

 WellnessThe Learning Specialist’s Office is located in the Wellness Center, office #108-D.


8:00am – 4:30pm


10:30am – 7:00pm


10:30am – 7:00pm


10:30am – 7:00pm


8:00am – 4:30pm

Learning Specialist Services

Midwestern University strives to support students in any academic challenges they may experience.The Learning Specialist is available to help students effectively deal with academic issues through individual appointments and workshops. Services include:

Once an appointment is made
The Learning Specialist is here to assist you in defining your learning goals and creating individualized plans to reach your academic potential. Initial appointments with the Learning Specialist typically last 45-60 minutes. At the first appointment, the Learning Specialist will assess your current situation and recommend a success plan. This plan will include follow-up appointments, referrals to tutoring, or other support services, and specific assignments designed to help you develop effective learning strategies or time management skills.We appreciate prompt arrival for appointments. Please notify your Learning Specialist if you will be late. Twenty-four-hour notice of cancellation allows us to use the time for other students in need.

Costs to the student
Appointments with the Learning Specialist are provided free of charge to all students of Midwestern University. These services are subsidized through student activity fees. Based on an assessment by the Learning Specialist, at times it may be necessary to utilize alternative resources for specialized interventions, in which case a community referral will be made.  

Learning Specialist Staff 
Tina MTina Marino, M.Ed.,
has been an online instructor for undergraduate and graduate courses since 2002. She first served as an Education Specialist with CCOM and continues to utilize her knowledge of education in the department of Student Services, located in the Wellness Center. 

Learning Specialist Self-Help Information

Download any of the documents below for additional information on some various topics:

Concept Mapping For Learning
Coping with test anxiety
Exam Strategies
Relaxation Strategies
Study Strategies
Resources for COMLEX
Starting off on the right foot
Stress Management
Student Pamphlet
Ten Ways to Reduce Stress