Learning Commons

Successful Students Collaborate

The Learning Commons is dedicated to the idea of students helping students to raise academic achievement. Students who study in pairs or small groups tend to learn more and perform better than students who study in isolation. The Learning Commons capitalizes on the strength of peer collaboration by hiring students who have distinguished themselves in math, writing, science or library research to work with other students in these areas. Experienced students are an excellent resource. Because they remember what it was like to learn the material, they are adept at perceiving points of confusion and explaining difficult concepts. In addition, students who seek help from their peers tend to feel less intimidated about asking questions because of the inherent equality in the peer relationship.

The Learning Commons currently offers peer assistance in general learning strategies as well as help in specific areas of math, physics, writing, biology, chemistry and library research. There is also support for English as a Second Language. The Learning Commons provides a quiet place to study as well as find help. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly these peer assistance services are available to all students at no cost.

Locations:

Learning Specialist—Learning Commons (Upjohn Library)
English as a Second Language—Learning Commons (Upjohn Library)
Writing Center—Learning Commons (Upjohn Library)
Library Research—Learning Commons (Upjohn Library)
Math/Physics—Olds‐Upton (2nd Floor)

During the 2021-2022 academic year, the Learning Commons will work with students both in-person and virtually in order to accommodate as many students as possible. More information is available, including sign-up for virtual appointments, on the Learning Commons web page (in ‘quicklinks’ drop box on the Hornet Hive, https://reason.kzoo.edu/learningcommons/).

Visit the Learning Commons website for more information.