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LTL connects students with mentors to build passion projects together, for college credit. Click below to learn more and apply for our remote cohort in partnership with UMass Amherst.

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What is Learning to Learn?

LTL is a new kind of learning experience. The curriculum is relevant, fresh, and centered around your (the student's) interests - in fact, you (the student) gets to pick the topic and the teacher! And ultimately learn by doing (with the help of mentors) where your work matters, not by memorizing for stressful tests or pointless assignments.

Students apply with a project idea

Students start by submitting an application (individually or with a group) and meet with an LTL Counselor to help structure their project plan.

Match with a mentor and take on a project

After choosing a mentor, students and their mentor meet once a week for 10 weeks to work on their project.

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Present, portfolio, and get recognition

Lastly, students get a chance to portfolio their work and present their project for recognition & college credit!

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Hi. We're glad you're here.

Whether you have a clear idea of a project you want to do or you are just interested in doing independent study, we’re here to help and support you.

So how does this work? Read on to learn more and apply to join our upcoming cohort.

1. APPLY

Submit your application and we’ll begin by having a conversation to learn more about your project and figure out who might make a great mentor. If it sounds like a fit, we'll get you a short-list of potential mentors.

2. MATCH

After you've chosen your mentor, you'll meet for the first time and put together a learning contract - a project outline with big-picture goals and a meeting timeline.

3. BUILD

Once you have the learning contract in place, you'll meet with your mentor for inspiration and project guidance (with a little structure from us) each week over a 10-week period. You'll also be able to connect with other students going through similar projects, and get advice from the LTL team on our Discord channel.

4. PRESENT

When you're close to finishing your project, an LTL portfolio and exhibition specialist will meet with you to help you package and prepare to present your project at our next Exhibition, where you'll discuss the work you have done and answer questions from the audience.

5. CELEBRATE

After you've finished your project and presented at the Exhibition, you can add this to your resume, college or job applications, and can apply for college credit through the Exploratory Pathways Program at UMass. (Optional!)

6. CONTINUE

If you're on a roll with your mentor and your project, you can continue for another semester with the same mentor and take your project to a new level or a different iteration. Or start an entirely new project with a new mentor. Either way, there is no limit to how much you can learn and build through LTL (and no limit to how much college credit you can earn!).

I think I might make a great mentor, how does this work? 

Fantastic. We'd love to get to know you. We work with mentors from all professions and life-stages. Our students are as diverse as their interests, so we're looking for mentors from all backgrounds, interests and experiences.

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Join the faculty

Submit our quick mentor application and we'll follow up for a quick conversation over the phone or video chat. If you're approved as a mentor, we'll let you know as soon as you have know your first potential student. You can sign up to mentor 1 or more students at a time. We can't guarantee that we'll find a student for you each semester, but if we do, it's because we think it will be a great use of your time and expertise.

Match with a student

If there is a potential match, we'll run a background check and then will connect you with your student to begin the project process (assuming you also agree that it's a good match!). You first session involves putting together a learning contract and project plan - essentially figuring out where the student is in their project and what the next steps are. We have a process for this that you can follow to streamline the conversation.

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Mentor, help your student get ahead (and you get paid)!

We'll provide as much structure as you need, but ultimately this is about building a relationship with a student who is excited about the same space as you. You'll meet once a week for 10 weeks, and work with your student to reach their goal in a project. You'll make a difference in a young person's life, and you'll make some extra cash too!

Tuition

We are committed to access and inclusion and are working with nonprofit and foundation partners to increase access to our programs. If tuition is a challenge for you or your family, we may be able to provide assistance with partial scholarships to qualifying applicants.

GROUP PROJECT (from)

$TBD
/ student

Minimum of 2 students per project

1 project planning session

10 weekly meetings with a mentor

2 exhibition prep & portfolioing sessions

Final Exhibition of Student Learning

1.0 Credit Hours *

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INDIVIDUAL PROJECT

$999
/ project

On-on-one Mentorship

1 project planning session

10 weekly meetings with a mentor

2 exhibition prep & portfolioing sessions

Final Exhibition of Student Learning

1.0-2.0 Credit Hours *

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* Credit issued upon acceptance into the Exploratory Pathways Program at the UMass Amherst University Without Walls, and upon completion of course requirements. Additional UMass EPP registration fees will apply.

PROJECT + PEER MENTORING

$TBD
/ semester

Indvidual or group projects

Peer mentoring readiness session

1 project planning session

10 weekly meetings with a mentor

5+ peer project mentoring sessions

2 exhibition prep & portfolioing sessions

Final Exhibition of Student Learning

Discounts for Group Projects

2.0-3.0 Credit Hours *

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Whether you are a student, parent, mentor, a university administrator, or just curious, we'd love to connect. Send us your email and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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