Bard Learning Commons
Basement of Stone Row, phone: 7812
The Learning Commons welcomes all Bard undergraduates and provides tutoring and academic enrichment services in college writing, course work, and engaged reading across the disciplines. We offer trained-peer mentorship in academic skills, and we are home to Bard's writing center, college writing program, and the Writing Fellows program -- dedicating fellows to courses for in-context writing tutoring. Collaborative learning support in subject-specific tutoring is provided in a socially structured space, along with writing and other themed workshops. We run a wide range of courses -- in math, college writing, grammar, English for Academic Purposes, information literacy, educational philosophy, inclusive pedagogies, and public speaking. The Learning Commons is also home to academic services in English as a Second Language and Quantitative Literacy, as well as pedagogical training programs. Our website features links to employment opportunities with us, academic, skills-based, and professional writing resources, support for students with learning differences (see Services for Students with Disabilities below), and information about the Math Placement Diagnostic (see Office of Quantitative Literacy below).
The Learning Commons offers faculty pedagogical development through the Institute for Writing and Thinking and works with the Center for Civic Engagement, the Inclusive Excellence Program, Stevenson Library, and Bard faculty to ensure the success of Bard students. We provide tutoring during the L&T program and throughout the year. One-on-one writing fellows and workshops are also available for senior project writers. Students may request a peer tutor by stopping by the Learning Commons and making an appointment. College writing consultants and peer supplemental instruction are available every evening of the week. We host the "Shut Up and Write!" series, including "Shut Up and SProj!" as well as study rooms in math, economics, statistics, computer science, physics, and chemistry. By appointment one-on-one tutoring is also available in public speaking and preparatory sessions for the GRE and other subject-area tests. All services are free, of course. The Learning Commons remains committed to fostering a culture of mindful reading, writing, and collaborative learning in support of academic excellence at Bard and across her affiliated local and international institutions.