Academics

An Introduction to the Learning Commons

Midterm grades come out Friday, October 13.  If you’re not doing as well as you’d hoped, or if things just seem rather confusing, you should definitely utilize the Learning Commons!

Located on the second floor of the library, the Learning Commons is the collective title of all of the tutoring services that Regis offers to both undergraduate and graduate students.  For instance, we have the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, the “Q” for any mathematical assistance, and the “H” for help in health sciences.  There is also the option of being tutored on a specific subject if you file a “Peer Tutor Request.”  According to Ben Remillard (Tutor Coordinator and Academic Coach), “Whatever your biggest academic challenge, goal, or desire is, we will do our best to help you accomplish what you set out to do. […] Be not afraid!  You are not the only student who has sought out help, and you certainly won’t be the last.  We make sure that our staff are always courteous, professional, and attentive to your needs.”

Many students can attest to the success of the Learning Commons.  For instance, Em Perkins (Class of 2020) is a Psychology Supplemental Instructor and a Tutor in the Writing Center.  From a student perspective, Em says, “I love the writing center because I’m an English major!  That’s where my passion lies.  I want to be a journalist and an English professor, so I love coming in with new ideas.”  However, Em also has the opportunity to work there.  They say “Come on down!  We are friendly.  We always like seeing new people.  I like to think we are pretty approachable.  As Woody from Toy Story said, “You’ve got a friend in me!” We come in at all levels of learning.”  That said, the Learning Commons is also accessible to students who don’t work there.  For instance, Marisa Bonish (Class of 2020) is a commuter student.  She says, “As a commuter student, I’m there a lot!  Whenever I have an issue, I go see my Academic Coach.  It’s another good place to work, even if there’s not anyone on duty. It’s a nice, quiet area to work.  They also do a lot of fun activities and de-stressing events.”

Marsha Glines is the Dean of Academic Student Services.  In this role, she oversees the very specific details of the Learning Commons.  She states “I am particularly fond of Regis for the missions and values that exist here.  I love working with students; I really love the challenge of working with a student who doesn’t know how they can study best or appropriately for who they are as learners.”  She also describes how “There is no such thing as an unmotivated student!”  Sometimes people lose focus on what truly matters.  She longs to encourage students to feel passion about their studies and see the real meaningfulness in it.  She encourages all students to come up to the Learning Commons and see how they can help.

Overall, as Ben says, it is the goal of the Learning Commons to engage all students and “To help them become  the best students they can possibly be.”

For additional resources, check out these links:

  • Academic Tips and Tricks
  • Smarthinking Online Tutoring 
  • Send an email to Benjamin Remillard for writing help or to find a tutor for a specific class! Inquiries can be sent to benjamin.remillard@regiscollege.edu
  • To make an appointment with a tutor in the Learning Commons, just use Starfish! Log in to Moodle and then click Starfish (top left hand corner). Then, click the “services” tab. You should be able to choose between which branch of the Learning Commons that you want and all of the available hours should pop up. 

Huge thanks to: Dr. Marsha Glines, Benjamin Remillard, Jack Haley, Em Perkins, Marisa Bonish, and all of the phenomenal peer tutors and professional staff in the Learning Commons!  We appreciate you! 

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Elaine Kearney

Elaine Kearney

Hello there! I'm Elaine! I'm a double major here at Regis: Humanities and Psychology. I also have a minor in English, as well as a concentration in Secondary Education. I'm incredibly passionate about literature and writing, and I am absolutely honored to be sharing that with you guys!