Learning Commons has much to offer
By Ashlee Buhler
Without a doubt, the beginning of a new semester can be stressful. Luckily for LCC students, the Learning Commons offers a wide variety of resources to ensure success.
The Learning Commons is located in room 108 of the Arts & Sciences building on LCC’s main campus.
“We like to say this is where the real learning happens,” said Deb Kwaposz, a support employee in the Learning Commons.
Free tutoring is one of the many resources offered in the Learning Commons. There are currently over 100 professional tutors available to assist students with their coursework.
“We have tutors with bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D.’s in their subjects,” said Kwaposz.
Students interested in tutoring can reserve a weekly appointment with the same tutor for the duration of the semester. Or they can stop by for walk-in tutoring with no appointment needed.
The Learning Commons also offers Supplemental Instruction. This is a program where SI leaders facilitate group discussions about class content and help students develop the skills they need to succeed.
Other amenities include private study rooms, printing stations and desktop computers with access to ChemDraw, MATLAB and Photoshop. The salt- and fresh-water fish tanks add a nice touch to the relaxing environment.
Students can also borrow items they might not personally own such as computers, calculators, headphones, textbooks and anatomy models.
As a tutor, SI leader, and lead clerical support associate, TeAnna Tapehouse wears many hats in the Learning Commons.
“I usually do a lot of the computer and Microsoft parts, but if somebody needs help with math or something I try to step in and help,” Tapehouse said. “If I can’t help, I will get another tutor who can.”
Both Kwaposz and Tapehouse agreed their favorite part of the Learning Commons is the people they encounter every day.
“It’s like a loving family — everyone is here to help and support,” Kwaposz said.
During the fall and spring semesters, the Learning Common hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information visit https://www.lcc.edu/tutorial/