Learning Specialist

What is a Learning Specialist?

  • Experienced in providing relevant learning strategies, test analysis, coaching, advocacy, and support
  • A professional with expertise in learning theory and higher education
  • Experienced in working with post-secondary professional students
  • Works with you to understand your needs/goals
  • Remains current with accepted and appropriate instructional theory, practice and research
  • Someone who can teach you tools to help you connect with your studying and content

Your Learning Specialist

Learning Specialist Ellen Kaplan, M.Ed., supports all medical students in years 1-4 as well as students in the graduate medical school. Students may work with the Learning Specialist to review and learn a variety of topics.

Areas of support include:

  • Create a study plan for all types of exams
  • Test taking strategies/test anxiety support
  • Note taking support
  • Study strategies and methods
  • Discuss learning style preference
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Prioritization of tasks to reduce stress
  • Procrastination Solutions
  • Review resources for STEP and SHELF exams
  • Help students discern whether their academic difficulties are more content or process related
  • Connect students to the Peer-to-Peer tutoring program
  • Refer students to other services on campus such as counseling, tutoring, or other student support offices.


Resources can be found on Canvas under the Community tab. Use the Learning Skills Resource option.

Contact Information

Office of Medical Student Affairs, Learning Specialist and Disability Coordinator
Armstrong Medical Education Building
1600 McElderry St. Rm. 312
Baltimore, MD 21287

Phone: 410-502-6295
Email: [email protected]

Monday Tuesday Thursday 9am - 5pm 
Wednesday 9am - 3pm
Friday 9am - 5pm (Virtual)

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