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The Learning Commons

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is made up of three offices: the Reading/Writing Center, Academic Coaching and Tutoring Services, and Disability Services.

The main office is in Olin 320.

Disability Services is in Olin 318. The Reading/Writing Center is in Gerber Center 423.

Reading/Writing Center (RWC)

The RWC provides feedback on reading/writing for any student, any assignment, any class. It’s a free service; students are encouraged to come early and often.

Students may schedule synchronous appointments (real-time video chat) and/or asynchronous (written feedback via email) as they wish.

• Synchronous appointments are up to an hour long and are ideal for reading-related sessions, brainstorming and early-stage drafting, or just having a friendly conversation about all things reading/writing.

• Asynchronous appointments are good for those who aren’t available during RWC open hours, whose technology or internet connection may be unreliable, or who would prefer to communicate via writing rather than face-to-face.

Make an appointment for either type of session via Starfish, by emailing the RWC, or by calling 309-794-8987 during open hours

10 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday 
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday
7-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday

Academic coaching and tutoring Services

Tutoring

The Learning Commons offers peer tutoring to students to help them succeed in their courses and learn transferrable skills to apply in other contexts.

• Drop-in tutoring is be available for various academic subjects. Students are encouraged to attend drop-in tutoring to work through difficult concepts with a tutor or to study. 

• Individual tutoring is available to a student with a C or below in a course for which there are tutors. Students should submit a formal tutoring request via Starfish. Log into Starfish with your Augustana username and password (same as Moodle or Arches). Click on “Request Help” icon and select “I need individual tutoring help” from the dropdown menu. 

See the tutoring schedule for more information.

Academic coaching

The Learning Commons offers academic coaching and workshops to students. Academic coaches are peers and professionals prepared to discuss a variety of academic skills essential for college, including time management, test-taking/test-preparation, stress management, motivation, and transitioning to college.

See the workshop schedule for more information.

Students interested in academic coaching may contact Alex Crawford