About The Maytum Learning Commons

The Maytum Learning Commons draws together a variety of academic support services to create a “one-stop shop” for students in Allegheny’s Pelletier Library. Peer consultants assist students with writing, public speaking, effective use of technology, and study in a variety of academic subjects.

Our professional staff arrange accommodations for students with disabilities; consult with students on study skills such as time management, effective reading, and test taking; coordinate new student orientation; and support the academic advising program.

Comments, questions, and suggestions for the Learning Commons are welcome and should be sent to learningcommons@allegheny.edu.

We’ve Moved!

Due to the renovations of the Pelletier Library this summer, beginning May 12, the Learning Commons will be temporarily located in the Faculty Lounge on the lower level of the Tippie Alumni Center (Cochran Hall).

The Learning Commons staff will be available Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm through Friday, May 30. Starting Monday, June 2, and continuing through Thursday, July 31, the Learning Commons staff will be available from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Regular office hours will resume on Friday, August 1. Please feel free to contact us at (814) 332-2898 or learningcommons@allegheny.edu if you have any questions.

The Science of Procrastination

One of the topics we discuss with students most frequently is how to “cure” procrastination. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but we can all work on how to better manage and avoid procrastination.

A group called AsapSCIENCE put together the following video on the science of procrastination, which might help you do a little (or a lot!) less procrastinating in the future. If you’d like to meet with us to talk about procrastination after watching the video, you can complete our individual meeting request form, and we’ll set up a time to speak with you.

Here’s the video:

Get the Most out of Your Studying!

Are you looking to take your studying to the next level in 2012? The Learning Commons would like to recommend a set of instructional videos from Dr. Stephen Chew, Professor of Psychology at Samford University, on how to get the most out of your studying.

Dr. Chew has prepared five videos with recommendations for better studying based on principles of cognitive psychology. Though that may sound intimidating, the videos are easy to follow, and contain valuable information about how you can change your approach to studying to better understand your course material, and be more successful on your exams.

In the first video, Dr. Chew explains the importance of “metacognition,” which is a term for what you think about your own processes for studying:

You can access the rest of the series by clicking here. Good luck, and good studying!