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 Thanksgiving Break

The Thanksgiving holiday begins for students on Wednesday, 11/26, and continues through Sunday, 11/30. Classes resume on Monday, 12/1.

The Learning Commons has made adjustments to the schedules for peer consultations and tutoring during this time. Drop-in tutors and peer consultations will meet with students according to their normal schedules through Monday, 11/24, but will not be available Tuesday, 11/25 through Sunday, 11/30.

Peer consultations and tutoring will resume their normal schedules on Monday, 12/1. Individually assigned tutors can arrange to meet with students as their schedules permit.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at learningcommons@allegheny.edu, or by calling (814) 332-2898.

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!