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.

Schedule Changes for Final Exams

We are approaching the end of the Spring 2015 semester, and the Learning Commons has made changes to the normal schedules for peer consultations and subject tutoring in advance of final exams.

The finals period begins with a study day on Wednesday, April 29. Final exams begin on Thursday, April 30, and continue through Tuesday, May 5.

The last day for drop-in tutoring hours in all academic departments will be Tuesday, April 28. Individual matched tutors may continue to meet with students at the tutor’s convenience through the end of the finals period.

Writing, speech, and technology consultants will also continue their normal schedule through Tuesday, April 28.  Writing consultants will be available to meet with students from 12:00pm to 5:00pm on the study day: Wednesday, April 29. Speech consultants and technology consultants will not be available after Tuesday, April 28.

Professional staff are available to meet with students through the end of the semester during normal business hours (8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Learning Commons at (814) 332-2898, or learningcommons@allegheny.edu.

Join us for the Long Night Against Procrastination and the International Write-in!

The Learning Commons invites you to join us for the Long Night Against Procrastination (#lndah) and the International Write-in (#intnationalwritein) on Monday, April 20! The writing consultants, research librarians, and subject tutors will be on hand to help you as we head into the last full week of classes for the 2014-2015 academic year!.

When: Monday, April 20, 8 pm-11pm
Where: Pelletier Collaboratory (on the upper floor)
What: Get assistance with research and writing for those upcoming essays, spend some time writing alongside others, and draw upon the expertise of the subject tutors as you prepare for your remaining exams and final assignments.

Delicious snacks will also be provided!

The Spring 2015 semester has begun!

Start your semester well by setting new goals, brushing up on your time management skills, or learning new note taking techniques! Classes begin on Monday, January 12, and it’s never to early to start planning for success!

Peer consultations for writing, speech, and technology will begin on Tuesday, January 20. Consultants are available from 3:00 to 5:00pm and 7:00 to 11:00pm, Sunday through Thursday.

Drop-in subject tutoring will also begin on Tuesday, January 20. The drop-in tutoring schedule is available to download, and paper copies are available in the Learning Commons.

Be sure to take a look at all of our available Study Skills Resources on the tab to the left. You can request an appointment with a professional staff member for assistance with any of these topics, or to discuss any other concerns. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Visit our new space!

The Maytum Learning Commons and the offices that comprise The Allegheny Gateway are now located on the main floor of the Pelletier Library. This newly remodeled space provides great opportunities for student tutoring, consultations, and group or personal study.

Please stop by and visit us! If you’re in Pelletier, look for the yellow carpet tiles, and follow the signs for offices 254 through 259. We hope to see you soon!

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!