The Learning Commons, housed in the north wing of the Arnold Bernhard Library, is a centrally located academic support hub for the Quinnipiac community. It features space for tutoring and interactive learning, testing areas and meeting rooms for student and faculty presentations. Students have the ability to record presentations for peer critiques.
As a student at Quinnipiac, you'll take challenging courses that will help you develop into a lifelong learner. The Learning Commons is important to the process and should be part of every student's experience. We believe each student is an individual, bringing both strengths and weaknesses to any academic challenge. We also believe that intentional, active learning requires reflection. As a result, all of our programs are developed toward offering students many chances to reflect on not only what they are studying, but also how they are studying it.
The Learning Commons offers support services for students with disabilities, students who speak English as a second language, veterans and those who are pre-med. Professionals are available for academic assistance and can recommend other resources on campus to help students throughout the semester.
The Learning Commons includes the Quinnipiac University Seminar Series (QUSS) and the Research and Writing Institute, which support both the Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines programs. The QU seminar series encourages students and faculty to discuss assigned readings to better develop an understanding of classroom assignments. The Writing Across the Curriculum program develops students' critical thinking abilities, while the Writing in the Disciplines program focuses on writing skills needed in specific majors.
One-on-one services include:
- Our nationally certified peer tutoring program, which provides expert assistance from students who have excelled in the exact courses you are taking
- Individual academic counseling, which puts you in direct contact with a learning professional to develop a personalized action plan for learning improvement
- Services for students with documented disabilities, which are provided by our coordinator of learning services.
Group services include:
- Our peer fellow group study program, which supplements classroom instruction with weekly sessions led by an expert student in the class
- Learning skills seminars, which are twice-weekly workshops that address topics like time management, reading and annotation skills, and learning styles
- Learning skills pamphlets and online learning skills assessments (available when you come to campus) to help you get started on your own. Current students may access handouts on the Learning Commons' MyQ page (QU login and password required).