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Frequently Asked Questions About the Learning Commons
What can the Learning Commons do for me?
Do I have to do anything special to use the center?
What does it cost to see a tutor or an academic counselor?
What specific services do you offer?
Is there a limit to how often I can use Learning Commons services?
How can I let my professor know that I’ve been to the Learning Commons?
Do I have to be failing in a course before Learning Commons help is available to me?

What can the Learning Commons do for me?
The Learning Commons provides academic support services for anyone wants better grades. We support the students wrestling with challenging material, those who want to maintain an honors GPA or those who have disclosed a disability. More…

Do I have to do anything special to use the center?
No, all services are available to all currently enrolled students. However, you’ll want to set appointments ahead of your need.

What does it cost to see a tutor or an academic counselor?
Services provided through the Learning Commons are free.

What specific services do you offer?
One-on-one services include peer tutoring, individual academic counseling and learning services coordination for students with disabilities. Group services include the peer study group program, advanced learning seminar, learning skills seminars and small group tutorials.

Is there a limit to how often I can use Learning Commons services?
Use of services depends on the individual student’s needs. We’ve found, however, that an hour per week per course is about the maximum of time most students need.

Do I have to be failing a course before Learning Commons help is available?
No. The Learning Commons should be one of the first places you turn when you are having trouble with your studies. Superior students use the center to stay on top of their studies and to learn to be superior academic performers. We would like all students to take the same approach.

How can I let my professor know that I’ve been to the Learning Commons?
At your request, we can inform professors about your tutoring use through our Professor Report System, an e-mail based process that lets the student, professor and the Learning Commons work together as a team.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Peer Tutoring Program
When is tutoring available?
Why use peer tutoring services?
Who uses peer tutoring?
How do students sign up for help?
What subjects are tutored?
What should a student bring to a session?
Who are the tutors?
Do the tutors have any training?
What if I want to meet with the same tutor each week?

When is tutoring available?
The Learning Commons provides tutorials Sunday through Thursday. In a typical week as many as 700 appointments are available, but all tutors and subjects are not available at all times.

Why use peer tutoring services?
By using the Learning Commons you can save yourself time and energy by getting accurate help fast. Peer tutors will give you the successful student’s perspective on learning. Peer tutors make choices that result in high grades and can help you do the same.

Who uses peer tutoring?
At Quinnipiac, one of every four undergraduate students uses peer tutoring each semester. Nearly half of those students made Dean’s List. These students are interested in improving their grades, deepening their understanding of course materials and becoming more self-sufficient.

How do students sign up for help?
Sign up in person or call for an appointment. We make appointments available two weeks in advance.

What subjects are tutored?
We support course across all curriculums with a special emphasis on 100- and 200-level courses. Please see our updated list of supported courses (available at the Learning Commons).

What should a student bring to a session?
Questions, textbook, lecture notes, assignments, Q-Card, current class schedule and the willingness to get past current frustrations and move toward learning and understanding.

Who are the tutors?
The tutors are students who have high GPAs and have been recommended by faculty. These students love to teach and learn new things; they are friendly and flexible.

Do the tutors have any training?
Yes. Our nationally certified program teaches tutors effective communication skills, how to determine what a student’s challenges are, learning skills and how to guide a student to understand both course material and how to be a stronger student.

What if I want to meet with the same tutor each week?
A student with a need for sustained support in a specific class can request an Intensive Tutorial Agreement (ITA) with a particular tutor. The ITA guarantees tutorial time for six straight weeks or until the student can confidently tackle the course material independently.

What do tutors do to help me learn?
They help you understand material from your courses and develop better strategies for completing assignments, writing essays, and taking tests. Most importantly, they help you create individualized methods for learning at a deeper level.

Where do the tutors meet with students?
All tutoring takes place in the Learning Commons, located inside the Arnold Bernhard Library.

Are the tutors paid or volunteers?
They are paid employees of the University who are also your peers because they are students.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Peer Study Group Program
What’s the Peer Study Group Program all about?
What’s the difference between a peer tutor and a peer fellow?
Will I have a peer fellow for all of my classes?
What do fellows do to help me learn?
Where do the fellows meet with students?
Are the fellows paid or volunteers?

What’s the Peer Study Group Program all about?
Peer fellows are picked by their professors to act as mentors for challenging classes for which they have already earned a superior grade. Fellows attend all classes, hold weekly study sessions and coordinate with professors to better serve the learning needs of students.

What’s the difference between a peer tutor and a peer fellow?
Peer fellows are part of a class and support that one class only, while peer tutors support a variety of courses. Peer fellows also meet with groups of students, sometimes an entire class, while tutors meet with one or two students at a time. All have an A or A- in any class they support and receive training.

Will I have a peer fellow for all of my classes?
No. Only classes for which a professor specifically requests a peer fellow are part of the program.

What do fellows do to help me learn?
They’ll help you understand material from your courses; develop better strategies for completing assignments, writing essays, and taking tests; and most importantly, help you create individualized methods for learning at a deeper level.

Where do the fellows meet with students?
Peer fellows meet with students in classrooms, at appointed times and as determined by room availability. Peer fellows also attend each class meeting.

Are the fellows paid or volunteers?
They are paid employees of the University who are also your peers because they are students.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Support for Students Who Choose to Disclose a Disability
Does the Learning Commons provide services for students with disabilities?
In high school I received extra time for tests; do I get the same accommodation at Quinnipiac?

Does the Learning Commons provide services for students with disabilities?
Please contact John Jarvis, coordinator of learning services, for specific information about accommodations for students with physical and learning disabilities.

In high school I received extra time for tests; do I get the same accommodation at Quinnipiac?
All requests for testing and other disability accommodations are handled by our coordinator of learning services, who will need to review your documentation before assessing the level of your need.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Learning Skills and Academic Counseling
What is individual academic counseling?
What are the learning skills seminars?
When can I go to a learning skills seminar?

What is individual academic counseling?
A student meets with a learning professional to meet on a regular basis to set goals and review progress. They often develop an Individual Action Plan (IAP), which identifies goals, specific actions to reach them and how to make it succeed.

What are the learning skills seminars?
These events offer valuable tips on time management, note-taking, research project planning and other learning tools.

When can I go to a learning skills seminar?
The seminars take place twice a week.

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