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September 12, 2012 1:26 PM

Learning Commons launches enhanced services

Conestoga’s Learning Commons, a collaborative space designed for students to develop their academic, work and life skills, celebrated its grand re-opening on Thursday, September 6. First established in 2006, the Learning Commons has been enhanced and reinvigorated to provide additional services and resources to support student success.

According to manager Bonnie Lipton-Bos, the physical space has been specifically redesigned to promote interaction and collaboration in a welcoming environment. Whiteboards and roundtable sessions will support a variety of study groups, while comfortable seating areas facilitate peer tutoring and English conversation practice. In addition, a new Virtual Learning Commons will provide students with access to resources, live chat, discussion and webinars.

The Learning Commons provides support for student success in four core areas:

• Learning Skills - provides students with opportunities to discover their learning styles and to develop time management, textbook reading, memory and exam preparation strategies.

• Peer Services - includes tutoring, supported learning groups and English Conversation Partners, a program for students hoping to enhance their conversation skills and learn more about Canadian culture.

• Math - a service for students hoping to build their math skills and enhance their confidence. Research conducted at Conestoga shows that students who attend math drop-in sessions within the first month of studies have significantly higher grades at the end of term than those who delay seeking support.

• Writing - provides support with all aspects of writing, including grammar skills, style tips and documentation of sources.

With the exception of one-on-one tutoring, which is provided at a nominal cost, all Learning Commons services are provided free of charge to full- and part-time students. Approximately 170 student leaders are hired each year to assist in the delivery of services.

For more information, or to access the Virtual Learning Commons, visit www.conestogac.on.ca/learningcommons

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