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.

Relocation Update

The Learning Commons is on the move (again)! Prior to the start of the Spring 2015 semester, the Learning Commons will be relocating to the main floor of the Pelletier Library. We expect the relocation to happen during the week of January 5, prior to the start of Spring 2015 classes on Monday, January 12.

The Learning Commons will be located in the same space as the offices that comprise The Allegheny Gateway, and we look forward to working closely with campus community members during this exciting transition!

Writing and speech consultations, as well as some subject tutoring, will continue to take place in Pelletier beginning Tuesday, January 20, though there may be changes to the spaces in which those meetings will occur. Please keep an eye out for signage in the library, as well as information on our website for specific schedules and meeting locations.

We look forward to welcoming you into our new space once the semester begins!

Schedule Changes for Final Exams

We are approaching the end of the Fall 2014 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, December 10. Final exams begin on Thursday, December 11,  and continue through Tuesday, December 16.

The last day for drop-in tutoring hours in all academic departments will be Tuesday, December 9. 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, December 9.  Writing consultants will be available to meet with students from 12:00pm to 5:00pm on the study day: Wednesday, December 10. Speech consultants and technology consultants will not be available after Tuesday, December 10.

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.

The Fall 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 Tuesday, August 26, and it’s never too early to start planning for success!

Peer consultations for writing and speech will begin on Monday, September 1 (Labor Day). Consultants are available from 3:00 to 5:00pm and 7:00 to 11:00pm, Sunday through Thursday.

Drop-in tutoring hours will also begin on Monday, September 1. You can download a copy of the schedule, or pick up a paper copy 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!

We’ve moved!

Beginning August 25, the Learning Commons will be temporarily located in Room 308 (the Moore Lounge) on the upper level of the Pelletier Library. Renovations to the library will continue throughout the fall semester, and in January 2015, the Learning Commons and the Allegheny Gateway will both be located on the main floor.

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!