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.

The Maytum Learning Commons and the offices that comprise The Allegheny Gateway are located on the main floor of the Academic Commons, which also includes 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! When you enter the building, look for the yellow carpet tiles and the sign for the Learning Commons. We hope to see you soon!

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

Schedule Changes for Fall Break

Fall Break for students begins on Saturday, October 10, and continues through Tuesday, October 13. Classes resume on Wednesday, October 14.

The Learning Commons has made adjustments to the schedules for peer consultations and tutoring during this time. Drop-in tutors and consultations will not be available on Sunday (10/11), Monday (10/12), or Tuesday (10/13).

Peer consultations and tutoring will resume their normal schedules on Wednesday, October 14. 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 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 Tuesday, August 25, and it’s never to early to start planning for success!

Peer consultations for writing and speech will begin on Monday, August 31. 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 Monday, August 31. The drop-in tutoring schedule is available here. You can also stop by the Learning Commons to pick up a copy.

Individually-assigned subject tutors can be requested by submitting this form. Please note that you need to have gone to drop-in tutoring at least twice AND have met with your instructor during office hours before requesting an individual tutor.

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!

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!