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Learning Commons

 

From free tutoring and writing assistance to test preparation and supplemental instruction, the Learning Commons at the University of Central Missouri ensures you have the academic support you need to succeed.

 

The Hub for Academic Support Services

The University of Central Missouri is so committed to your success we created the Learning Commons.  This academic support center offers a more comprehensive array of services than any other university in the country.  Whether you need study support or assistance on a writing assignment, you'll find the help you need.  The Learning Commons is the go-to place for students who want to excel--at UCM and beyond.

Dedicated Staff

The Learning Commons employs full-time faculty and staff as well as peer tutors from every college and major on campus. They can help you with everything from specific course material to note taking, essay writing, test preparation and time management.

Welcoming Environment

Located on the third floor of the JCK Library, the Learning Commons is a comfortable and collaborative student workspace. You can study on your own or with a group, use a computer or meet with a tutor. Shy about asking for help? Don’t be. Each year the Learning Commons has 14,000 individual visits. During the Fall and Spring semesters, we’re open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and until 5 p.m. on Friday. 

  • Free Tutoring:  Benefit from tutoring. It’s available for most UCM courses—free. We almost always have someone here to help with mathematics, from intro algebra to trigonometry.  
  • Study Sessions:  Attend weekly structured learning and study groups for UCM’s most difficult courses. These are led by trained students through our Supplemental Instruction (SI) program.
  • Writing Center:  Receive one-on-one writing instruction through the UCM Writing Center.  It's free and available on a walk-in basis or by appointment.  You can also try our Online Writing Lab (OWL).

 

Learn About Our Services

Tutoring

Tutoring at UCM is certified Level 1 by the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA), which means it adheres to the highest standards. We offer free tutoring in most UCM courses—and we always have a tutor available to help you with math.  We provide options for students at any UCM campus.

Check out the complete schedule (including online options).  Are we missing a course you need or does the scheduled time not work for you? Let us know

Test Prep Center

Have a major exam coming up? Our Test Prep Center has the resources you need to prepare. Whether you plan to take a standardized exam, such as the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), or Law School Admission Tests (LSAT), the Test Prep Center is here for you. You’ll learn what to expect and how to prepare. We’ll even provide you with practice sample questions for your upcoming exam. Explore test prep resources now.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program that offers weekly structured learning and study groups for difficult courses. Called SI sessions, these group meetings are led by SI Leaders, trained students who have already passed the difficult course. SI Leaders attend class and work with faculty to make the SI sessions specific to the faculty member’s teaching style and the students taking the class that semester.

How does SI work?

SI is offered two to three times a week at a set time. Check the class schedule or your instructor for specific days and times.

Why should I participate in SI?

SI provides you with:

  • review and discussion of course material, including readings, lecture notes, and homework assignments;
  • learning activities, such as practice quizzes, games, and group activities, to help increase and deepen understanding of course material;
  • an opportunity to connect with other students in a structured but relaxed environment.
What do UCM students say about SI?
  • Without SI, it would be harder for me to understand my classes.
  • It got me the grade I wanted on the first exam, which was an A. Overall, I think it has benefited me a lot.
  • I have a 92% in ecology because of my SI class.
  • My experience in SI has been great. Not only was I able to connect with students having the same difficulties as me, but I also found new ways to improve habits. After learning these habits, I have noticed a drastic change in my grades and personal life.

Writing Center

Need help with a paper for class? Not sure where to begin? Start by coming into the UCM Writing Center. It’s free and available to all UCM students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tutors are generally available whenever you arrive, but during peak periods, such as near midterms and finals, you may experience a wait. 

Location: JCKL 3160, the Learning Commons

Hours: 9 am – 7 pm, Monday-Thursday; 9 am – 5 pm, Friday

Phone: 660-543-8972

Can’t make it to campus?

If you live off campus or your schedule doesn’t allow you to visit the Writing Center during center hours, try our Online Writing Lab (OWL). OWL allows you to receive help with your paper by sending it to the Writing Center as an e-mail attachment. Learn more.

 


 

Contact Info:

The Learning Commons
JCK Library 3160
Tel: 660-543-8972

 

 

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