The Learning Commons invites all students to connect with peer tutors, writing assistants, and speech and presentation consultants as an effective learning strategy for greater success in their college courses. Working with our tutors also makes your online learning experience at UP more social. This summer, we offer students the following online tutoring programs in Microsoft Teams:
- Math Resource Center: Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a math tutoring appointment.Provide two or three good days and times to meet.
- Writing Center: We have five writing assistants ready to support UP students during the summer term. Students can send an email request to email@example.com. Please include two to three good days and times to meet.
- Language Studio: Students can access language tutor hotlines at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
- Natural Sciences Center: Students can request biology, chemistry, and physics tutoring appointments at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Speech & Presentation Lab: Students can improve online presentation skills by requesting an appointment at email@example.com.
Students can find strategies for learning online at the college level by clicking here.
The Learning Commons’ virtual tutoring takes place on the Microsoft Teams platform which is available through the University’s Office 365 MyApps at this link.
To support the success of their virtual tutoring appointments student can take the following steps:
- Use a laptop or tablet with a camera and microphone.
- Become familiar with the Office 365 MyApps and search for the Teams app. Go to an introductory video on joining a meeting in Teams at this link.
- If possible, download the Microsoft Teams app on their device.
- Schedule appointments 48 hours in advance, if possible.
All questions regarding the Learning Commons’ virtual tutoring program can be directed to Jeffrey White, Learning Commons, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Learning Commons will operate on a reduced schedule during finals week. Content tutors and the Writing Center’s writing assistants will be available by appointment only on a limited basis. Writing and math tutor schedules are on WCONLINE at https://up.mywconline.net. Tutors in the Natural Sciences Center, Language Studio, Group Work Lab, and Speech and Presentation Lab, as well as our nursing and business tutors, will offer limited tutoring through our email hotlines posted on the Learning Commons website at www.up.edu/learningcommons.
The Learning Commons recently certified 16 tutors at Level 1. The following tutors have completed the Learning Commons’ nationally recognized tutor training and at least 25 hours of active tutoring time:
- Mikey Antkiewicz (Math)
- Valerie Chen (Nursing)
- Riley Dehmer (Math)
- Bao Huynh (Biology, Chemistry, and German)
- Kaylin Ingalls (Math)
- Hanna Leonard (Nursing)
- Ashley Lincoln (Nursing)
- Megan McClarnon (Statistics)
- Paul Meister (Math)
- Julianna Oliphant (Nursing)
- Princess Palicte (Nursing)
- Annie Smith (Finite Math)
- Clare Spinner (Math)
- Anna Tinoco (Math)
- Victor Tu (Math)
- Ali Venneberg (Statistics)
These students are also among fifty-five tutors and writing assistants who trained in March to shift all Learning Commons tutoring and Writing Center support online in Microsoft Teams. The Learning Commons trains all its content area tutors; the Level 1 training is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification. Multiple research studies conclude that tutor training and program assessment are essential for high-quality tutoring programs and positive student outcomes.
For more information about the Learning Commons tutor training program, contact Jeffrey White at email@example.com.
The Learning Commons is now running all programs online, and student usage is up from the first week of online instruction, according to director Jeffrey White. By encouraging your students to connect with a peer tutor, you might help them to connect more deeply to learning and studying online while engaging socially with our peer tutors. Use this link to find out more.
When students come to the Learning Commons for content tutoring, they often could use more work on how to study in general as well as the content area. How one approaches studying in one discipline varies from other disciplines, and how one approaches studying often impacts the grade earned by a student. The Learning Commons is launching a new pilot program to support students’ metacognitive approaches to studying. You can learn more about the program at this link.
Do you assign presentations and group projects in your classes? Do you often find that your students could use help in improving their presenting of material and working effectively in groups?
The Learning Commons in collaboration with the Department of Communication Studies offers peer consulting in our Speech and Presentation Lab and Groupwork Lab. These peer tutors are accomplished in the areas of presenting and working with groups, and they are trained by the Learning Commons in tutoring approaches. Students can make appointments by emailing a request with two or three good days and times to meet to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
For more information, a PowerPoint slide, or an assignment blurb about the Speech and Presentation Lab and Groupwork Lab, email Jeffrey White, Learning Commons administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just in time to start thinking about your spring course planning, Jeffrey White, Learning Commons, offers 7 minutes of advice answering the question“What Course Design Principles Enhance Student Learning?” in this IGNITE-funded video.
During our compressed summer sessions, students can work with tutors for courses in math, biology, chemistry, French, German, Spanish, and Nursing. The Writing Center is also open to help facilitate stronger academic writing.
All tutoring is done by appointment only. For full details, see our poster, which you can also post on your Moodle pages or office door.
You can also promote use of the Learning Commons to your students by including our program specific PowerPoint slides in your own course slides.
All tutors and writing assistants in the Learning Commons are thoroughly trained, and all content tutors are either certified or working toward certification based on Level 1 of the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification.
For more information on how the Learning Commons can support your students during the summer or academic calendar year, contact Jeffrey White at email@example.com or x7141.
The Writing Center—where students in all disciplines can find help at any stage of the writing process—is open during both summer sessions in the Learning Commons, BC 163. To book a 30- or 60- minute session with a writing assistant, please email their hotline, Writing@up.edu , including the times and days you are available to meet with a tutor, and someone will get back to you to schedule an appointment. Happy writing!