Bard College Student Handbook

Bard Learning Commons

Basement of Stone Row, phone: 7812

E-mail: blc@bard.edu

Website: www.bard.edu/learningcommons/

The Learning Commons welcomes all Bard undergraduates and provides trained peer tutoring in college writing and engaged reading across the disciplines. We are home to Bard's writing center and college writing program, and we offer collaborative learning support by way of subject-specific tutoring in a socially structured space, writing workshops, and 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 home to tutoring and academic services in English as a Second Language and the offices of Quantitative Literacy, Disabilities Support Services, and pedagogical training programs. Our website features links to employment opportunities with us, academic and professional writing resources, support for students with learning disabilities (see Services for Students with Disabilities below), and information about the Math Placement Diagnostic (see Office of
Quantitative Literacy below).

The Learning Commons offers pedagogical development through the Institute for Writing and Thinking and works with the Center for Civic Engagement, the Inclusive Excellence Program, and Bard faculty to insure the success of Bard students. Students may request a peer tutor by stopping by the Learning Commons and making an appointment. College writing tutors are available for drop-in consultation every evening of the week. We host "Shut Up and Write!" and "Shut Up and Read!" study rooms as well as study rooms in math, economics, physics, and chemistry. Drop-in and one-on-one tutoring are also available, as are preparatory sessions for the GRE and other subject tests. The Learning Commons remains committed to fostering a culture of engaged reading, writing, and collaborative learning in support of academic excellence at Bard and across her affiliated local and international institutions.