Three Pace University students at the Kessel Student Center in Pleasantville, New York

Faculty and Staff

Learning Commons Mission

The Learning Commons uses an array of programs and a holistic approach to assist students with academic skills and content knowledge. We are dedicated to developing independent learners through purposeful interactions with trained, well-qualified peer and professional staff.

Content Support Services

Vision

Content support services aid students in developing knowledge and in striving for academic success.

Goals

Students will be able to:

  • Overcome misconceptions about the learning process and implement new study skill strategies
  • Develop communication skills within one-on-one and small group settings
  • Understand the value of persistence through positive failure

Programs

Content Tutoring (appointment and drop in)
During tutoring sessions, tutors and tutees strengthen fluency in course material by identifying key tasks, reviewing and developing prior knowledge, and addressing any issues hindering success.

Exam Review Sessions (not currently available)
Upon professor request, the Learning Assistance Center provides small group sessions to prepare students for exams. Guided by a session leader, students work together to review key concepts and complete sample assessment questions.

Content Preparation/Support Workshops
The Learning Assistance Center identifies hurdles in gateway courses, standardized exams, and certifications for the purpose of developing workshops for student advancement.

Writing Support Services

Vision

Writing support services guide students through the writing process, enhancing their critical thinking and their research, rhetorical, and composition skills, thus promoting effective communication.

Goals

Students will be able to:

  • Develop transferrable skills related to writing (e.g. planning, brainstorming, revision, thesis development, research, facility with diverse rhetorical modes)
  • Develop student ability to discuss and reflect on their writing and organize one’s thoughts in a written form
  • Develop student understanding of writing as an iterative process and the role of constructive feedback as part of that process

Programs

Writing Tutoring (appointment and drop in)
During tutoring sessions, tutors and tutees engage in writing tasks that strengthen the tutees fluency in effective communication.

Writing Workshops
Workshops are provided to support for introductory writing courses and address topics with which writers commonly need assistance.

Academic Skills Services

Vision

Academic Skills programs instill in students a set of processes and habits of mind that build their scholastic abilities and identity. Using a collaborative approach, academic skills programs help students achieve current academic goals, practice self-advocacy, and establish lifelong learning.

Goals

Students will be able to:

  • Establish attainable academic goals
  • Reflect on their personal academic development and make appropriate adjustments to study strategies
  • Select and apply academic learning strategies appropriate for diverse content

Programs

Small Group Peer Mentoring
In peer led groups, students discuss and develop successful strategies for academic success. Through refinement and training, mentors transmit effective learned behaviors.

Individual Academic Development
Academic Coaches and Peer Academic Mentors provide one-on-one attention for students to establish expectations, set learning goals, and assist in developing strategies to master all content knowledge. The Academic Coach encourages students to identify individual challenges and develop and implement plans for success. The Peer Academic Mentors are successful students whose experience provides valuable guidance from a peer perspective.

Academic Workshops
Workshops offer direct techniques for classroom success. Workshops are designed to reinforce the development of cognitive skills for the college student.