Quinnipiac junior Nathan Botte tutors freshman Helen Dong Monday, Mar. 20, 2017 in the Learning Commons in The Arnold Bernhard Library.

Academic Support

At Quinnipiac, you can expect to be challenged; you can also expect opportunities to practice what you are learning. The Learning Commons enables you to raise the ceiling on your GPA through application and practice, harness academic anxieties and discover your ability to move among your different learning preferences.

The Learning Commons Overview

A personalized approach for your success

The Learning Commons is a rich hub of resources where students can get help with assignments, and also cultivate their individual learning preferences and achieve academic excellence over time. Located inside the Arnold Bernhard Library, the Learning Commons provides a range of educational support and enrichment programs that emphasize student interaction and Quinnipiac’s culture of excellence.

Who benefits most from the Learning Commons? Everyone. For every student who comes to us for help with a difficult subject, there are three others who want to maintain a prestigious scholarship, or improve an already strong GPA to increase their graduate school acceptance rate. Even our faculty members benefit from our services; they are able to teach what they love better and more clearly thanks to the Learning Commons staff. 

From one-on-one tutoring to in-class discussions to weekly study groups, our peer educators are embedded in your curriculum. They also maintain a regular dialogue with faculty, helping them to address student content concerns as they come up in the classroom.

The Learning Commons provides three crucial peer educational services:

  1. Peer Catalysts – these specialists work directly in First-Year Seminar courses. They lead a range of in-class initiatives, including group discussions and projects and also collaborate with professors to suggest, design and execute in-class activities.
  2. Peer Tutors – these individuals are nationally certified, and support a variety of courses from each of the 9 schools. They meet with students seeking support inside the Learning Commons, and help them develop a personalized approach to studying and mastering difficult content.
  3. Peer Fellows – these individuals work directly in traditional lecture and exam-driven classrooms. Fellows coordinate weekly study groups that review key course content. They also work with faculty to keep updated on student performance.

Our Unique Approach

Learning Commons tutor Evan Kearney assists student Nina Vricella with chemistry work.

Making connections

Learning Commons tutor Evan Kearney assists student Nina Vricella with chemistry work.

It’s about more than just the content; we teach you how to learn

Progress isn’t measured simply by the memorization of specific content. It isn’t achieved by focusing on “deficiencies” either. In the Learning Commons, we know that there are different modes to deliver an education, and that every student’s approach to learning is unique. We also know that “academic support” means more than raising a few test scores, or turning a C into a B. 

The Learning Commons is a community that provides you with access, support and opportunity as early as your first day of classes to help you embrace any challenges that may lie ahead of you. Because we regularly collect data from each of your peer educational or peer support sessions, we can help you devise a plan to be more intentional about your learning. We also use this data to develop new resources and new trainings, and share it with faculty for curricular and professional development.

Our services highlight three key principles:

  • Subject Practice – Addressing challenges and mastering course content is first, but by no means foremost. You’ll learn to engage with content, and work both independently and autonomously.
  • Subject Reflection – Both peer and professional services teach you to reflect on your experiences to aid current or future choices. In short, you learn how to think, and to learn with intention.
  • Subject Transfer – The ability to make connections between and among academic disciplines is part of Quinnipiac’s learning philosophy, and crucial to preparing students for the 21st century work force.

These principles come together to make you a stronger independent thinker, able to adapt to numerous situations and contexts, and more easily acquire new skills and new knowledge. This isn’t only what it takes to succeed as a student at Quinnipiac, but as a professional in a technologically evolving, multi-disciplinary work world. 

Disability Services

Overcoming challenges by leveraging strengths

In The Learning Commons, we advocate for you so that you can advocate for yourself. If you have a disability that you would like to disclose, The Office for Student Accessibility will work with you to ensure that you have equal access to educational opportunity, and also put you in touch with the academic resources needed to succeed going forward.

Academic Specialists are also available to help you achieve your goals and capitalize on your strengths through a data-driven Improvement Plan (IP). IPs focus just as much on personal strengths as they do on challenges in your semester planning. Working with an Academic Specialist, you can assess and revise your IP over the course of the semester, tracking your academic achievement and examining which academic services you have used.

Your improvement plan is uniquely yours, meaning you are highly involved in its creation and its evolution. You’ll develop the skills needed to reflect and make choices about learning and understand how you learn, instead of simply being told how you should learn.

Students who disclose a disability


Our ADA Coordinators directly with students who choose to disclose a disability. While Quinnipiac does not have a specialized program for students with disabilities, we do work with students who choose to disclose the nature of their disabilities. We honor both the spirit and the letter of the laws that apply to students with disabilities.

Disclosing a disability is best done early in the semester, perhaps even before the semester begins. Our goal is to fully understand your needs, and help you make a plan to meet your goals.

Questions


We encourage you to reach out with any questions you have about disclosing a disability at Quinnipiac.

Mailing Address


The Office of Student Accessibility
Quinnipiac University, AB-TLC
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

Phone


203-582-7600

In Person


The Office of Student Accessibility
Arnold Bernhard Library, Room N112
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

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