Learning Assistance Service

Learning Assistance Service

Learning Assistance Service

The Learning Assistance Service (LAS) is the academic support unit of the University Counseling Center. LAS provides services that support students in developing personal and academic strategies and behaviors which empower them to be successful in college and life. All LAS services are free to University of Maryland students.

Our Mission

LAS supports the University of Maryland's mission by:

  • Fostering the education, critical thinking and intellectual growth of UM students.
  • Helping students develop personal and academic strategies, positive attitudes toward learning and self, and behaviors which empower them to be successful in college and life.

Individual appointments may be scheduled, rescheduled, or canceled online using the LAS online scheduling system.

View the appointments page for detailed instructions.

What We Offer

Why Students Visit Us

  • Improve course grades
  • Get the most out of lectures
  • Study more efficiently and effectively
  • Enhance time management skills
  • Increase confidence in exam preperation
  • Maximize reading and notetaking skills
  • Develop efficient math study strategies
  • Learn strategies to get off academic probation
  • Seek opportunities to help other students succeed in their courses

Watch a Video about our Services

Kimberly Bethea, Ph.D. Kimberly Bethea, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Counseling Center; Director, Learning Assistance Service
(301) 314-7680

Academic History: Ph.D., 2003, Curriculum & Instruction/Mathematics Education, University of Maryland; M.S., 1994, Mathematics, Howard University; B.S., 1992, Mathematics, Jackson State University
Professional Interests: transition from high school to college, college student success, professional development, learning strategies
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, reading

Megan Bergandy, M.Ed. Megan Bergandy, M.Ed.
Math Learning Specialist
(301) 314-7701

Academic History: MEd., 2013, Professional Studies-Teaching and Learning, Marymount University; B.A., 1999, French/Certificate in Translation, University of Pittsburgh
Professional Interests: math learning, math anxiety, college student success programs/workshops and their efficacy
Personal Interests: spending time with family, ice skating, playing the piano, reading, fixing up our house

Shirley Browner, M.Ed. Shirley Browner, M.Ed.
Educational Skills Counselor
(301) 314-7702

Academic History: M.Ed., 1977, Reading, University of Maryland; B.S., 1959, Education, Boston University
Professional Interests: Provides support for students in reading/writing intensive courses; general study skills, including time management and note-taking and for students in probationary or dismissal status.
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, reading, attending conferences and workshops for professional development, and writing poetry for special occasions

Yanira Pacheco Yanira Pacheco
Counselor/GSS Coordinator
(301) 405-3318

Academic History: B.A., 1994, Public Communication, University of Puerto Rico
Professional Interests: supplemental instruction, tutoring, peer mentors, college experience of sophomore students, first generation students, learning communities, and student organization advising
Personal Interests: Gardening, reading, movies

Margie Kuhn Margie Kuhn
Administrative Assistant II
(301) 314-7690

Academic History: B.A., 1985, Art, The Catholic University of America
Professional Interests: early childhood and college student development, academic success
Personal Interests: family, distance running and training, puppy training and development

Marcelo de Campos Marcelo de Campos
Guided Study Sessions Graduate Assistant
(301) 314-5919

Academic History: B.A., 2016, Economics, University of Maryland
Professional Interests: Gender equity and social inclusion of marginalized populations as it relates to international development, specifically with regard to sustainable program design and implementation
Personal Interests: Film photography, hiking, playing soccer, community service, attending concerts, traveling, and spending time with family and friends

Celena Kinsey Celena Kinsey
STEM Learning Assistant
(301) 314-7698

Academic History: B.S., 2014, Neurobiology and Physiology, University of Maryland
Professional Interests: epidemiology; maternal and child health; health disparities; obesity
Personal Interests: fitness; musicals; cooking; reading

Brianna Rhodes Brianna Rhodes
Academic Skills Graduate Assistant
(301) 314-8404

Academic History: B.A., 2015, Psychology and English, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professional Interest: Helping students with writing skills, learning strategies, and tutoring
Personal Interests: Writing, reading books and articles, shopping, and spending time with friends and family

Juliana Wong Juliana Wong
Peer Assisted Learning Graduate Assistant
(301) 314-7699

Academic History: B.A., 2014 Communication, University of California, San Diego
Professional Interests: Multicultural affairs, college access and retention for underrepresented students, especially for first-generation, low-income, students of color, identity development, social justice education, and fem/mentorship for Asian American and Pacific Islander undergraduate students
Personal Interests: Traveling with a critical lens, Golden State Warriors basketball, San Francisco Giants baseball, food and photo adventures, and Hip Hop

LAS Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Fall and Spring Semester Drop-in Hours

Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday
1:00pm - 3:00pm

1:00pm - 3:00pm


Shoemaker Building
Room 2202
4281 Chapel Lane
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20740

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If you have any questions or need additional assistance call us at (301) 314-7693 or e-mail us,

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