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 Spring Break

Spring Break for Allegheny students begins on Saturday, March 15, and the Learning Commons has made changes to the regular schedule for writing, speech, and technology consultations as well as subject tutoring during this time.

All consultants and subject tutors will keep their normal schedules through the end of classes on Friday, March 14. There will be no consultations or subject tutoring during Spring Break, which continues through Sunday, March 23.

Consultants and subject tutors will be available according to their normal schedules once classes resume on Monday, March 24. Should you have any questions, please contact the Learning Commons at learningcommons@allegheny.edu or (814) 332-2898.

The Spring 2014 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 13, and it’s never to early to start planning for success!

Peer consultations for writing, speech, and technology will begin on Tuesday, January 21. 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 21. 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!

Are you ready for a new semester?


The Learning Commons provides a wide range of services to help students at all GPA levels.

Meetings with our professional staff:

  • Review your syllabi to make sure you are aware of your professor’s expectations and important due dates.
  • Design a study schedule that works for you.
  • Talk about the most effective ways to tackle your reading.
  • Set realistic goals for the term and determine the best way to achieve them.

No-Fee Tutoring Services:  Check our website for all schedules and applications.

  • Drop-in tutoring in many subjects.
  • Individual tutoring.
  • Speech, Writing, and Technology consultations are from 3 – 5 and 7 – 11 Sunday through Thursday.  You can stop by or schedule an appointment.
  • Matched writing consultations.

The Learning Commons Website:

  • Handouts on a variety of topics including: time management, study skills, procrastination, citation, and writing tips.
  • Study Group Starter Kit – tips on forming effective study groups
  • Links to other great resources


PHONE: (814) 332 – 2898

EMAIL: learningcommons@allegheny.edu

WEBSITE: http://learningcommons.allegheny.edu



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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!