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LA 150 - College Success and the Mercy Experience: Learning Commons

This resource guide presents links and information to assist you in meeting the course objectives and learning outcomes of LA 150 - College Success and the Mercy Experiance

College Success and Mercy Values

Learning Commons

Services Provided by the Learning Commons

  • Professional Tutoring
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Online Tutoring (for those enrolled in online coursework ONLY!)
  • Technology Help
  • Practice Presentation Room 
  • Academic Support Workshops
    • The schedule for these workshops in posted on the main Library website, under "Library Events", at the beginning of each new semester
  • Laptop Lending Library
  • All-College Study Nights
    • These are scheduled twice-a-semester and are presented, in the Library, in collaboration with The Center for Student Success.  These events provide students with tutoring services, faculty-led study sessions, food and relaxation activities to help students prepare for mid-term and final exams.  Attendance at Study Nights counts as a convocation.

PUT THESE DATES IN YOUR CALENDAR

  • Mid-term Study Night
    Thursday, October 4
    5:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
  • Finals Study Night
    Thursday, December 6
    5:00 - 10:00

Staff of the Learning Commons

Dr. Theresa Spanella, M.A. Ed., Ed. D.
Learning Commons Coordinator
Office: Library
Phone Number: 814-886-6566
Email: tspanella@mtaloy.edu

Mr. Christopher Burlingame, MFA 
Writing Consultant
Office: Library
Phone Number: 814-886-6561
Email: cburlingame@mtaloy.edu
Drop-in Hours: Thursday 5:00-7:00 pm, Library

Ms. Anne Volk, M.Div. 
Learning Specialist
Office: Library
Phone Number: 814-886-6416
Email: avolk@mtaloy.edu
Drop-in Hours: Tuesday 3:00-5:00 pm, Library

Mr. Brandon Solnosky BSN, RN
Nursing & Allied Health Sciences Tutor
Office: Library
Phone Number: 814-886-6440
Email: bsolnosky@mtaloy.edu
Drop-in Hours: Mon and Wed 2:00-5:00 pm, Library

Helpful Information

The goal of the Learning Commons is to provide a variety of academic support services to enhance your overall learning process.

The Learning Commons is located on the first floor of the Library.  Space is provided for research, active learning, tutoring and group study rooms in one central location.  For more information about the services of the Learning Commons, visit <https://www.mtaloy.edu/library/peer-professional-tutors/>.

Professional Tutors are available in Math, Writing, Nursing & Allied Health Sciences, and Study Skills.

Professional Tutors hold specified drop-in hours each week; otherwise, it is best to make an appointment.

Peer Tutors do NOT hold drop-in hours.

A Request-a-Tutor form MUST be completed in order to be assigned a Peer Tutor.

Visit Tutor Trac at <https://tutortrac.mtaloy.edu/TracWeb40/Default.html> in order to schedule tutoring appointments.

All services provided through the Learning Commons are 100% free-of-charge.

STUDY NIGHT

Welcome and Sign-in

Fuel for Studying!

Hard at Work

Student Feedback

"The Learning Commons is a life saver! I would have never passed Level Three [Nursing] without my tutor's help. She was so sweet and really cared about whether or not I understood the material."

"I love SI [Supplemental Instruction]! It's so fun I almost forgot I was learning! I wish they offered it for every class!"

"I will never again turn in a writing assignment without having it reviewed in the Learning Commons. I always thought I was a strong writer, but now I see how easy it is to miss my own mistakes! I owe the Learning Commons for my high paper grades!"

Tutoring Essentials

  • Be on time and prepared for your sessions.
  • If you must cancel, notify your tutor directly and promptly.
  • Missing three (3) sessions could result in the suspension of tutoring privileges.
  • Bring a copy of your assignment with you.
  • Set a goal for each session.
  • Bring your textbook.
  • Be prepared to do your own work.

For more information, please contact Dr. Theresa Spanella, Learning Commons Coordinator, at 886-6566 or tspanella@mtaloy.edu.

Top Ten Reasons to Become a PEER TUTOR*

10. Review old material

 9. Apply your knowledge

 8. Set your own schedule

 7. Develop interpersonal skills

 6. Sharpen problem-solving skills

 5. Build your leadership capacity

 4. Contribute to your campus

 3. Meet new people

 2, Challenge yourself

 1. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

*Applications are available at <https://www.mtaloy.edu/library/peer-professional-tutors/>.

Are You a Good Fit for Peer Tutoring?

  • Do you enjoy helping others?
  • Do you excel in your coursework?
  • Would you like to earn a little spending cash?
  • Do you want to boost your resume?
  • Do you have a B+ or better in most of your courses?
  • Do you have at least a 3.0 GPA?

STUDY NIGHT - Snacks & Studying!

Student Success

Have you taken the time to review the material on the STUDENT SUCCESS tab on this resource guide?

It is packed full on great information on such topics as:

  • Study Skills
  • Time and Stress Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • and more

Take a few minutes to review this page.

Cross of the Sisters of Mercy, from a devotional print, ca. 1920
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