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The Learning Commons

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is made up of four offices: the Reading/Writing Center, Academic Coaching and Tutoring Services, Advising, and Disability Services.

For general questions about services provided, please email

The main office is in Olin 320 and contains Academic Support Services, Advising, and Disability Services.

The Reading/Writing Center is located in Gerber Center 423.

Reading/Writing Center (RWC)

The RWC provides feedback on reading/writing for any student, any assignment, any class. It’s a free service; students are encouraged to come early and often.

Students may schedule synchronous appointments (real-time video chat) and/or asynchronous (written feedback via email) as they wish.

• Synchronous appointments are up to an hour long and are ideal for reading-related sessions, brainstorming and early-stage drafting, or just having a friendly conversation about all things reading/writing.

• Asynchronous appointments are good for those who aren’t available during RWC open hours, whose technology or internet connection may be unreliable, or who would prefer to communicate via writing rather than face-to-face.

Make an appointment for either type of session via Starfish, by emailing the RWC, or by calling 309-794-8987 during open hours

10 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday 
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday
7-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday

Academic coaching and tutoring services

Peer Academic Coaching and Workshops

The Learning Commons offers academic coaching and workshops to Augustana students. Peer academic coaches are trained to help students meet their learning goals through individualized support tailored to each individual. Coaches cover a variety of topics like time management; procrastination; motivation; preparing for exams; test anxiety; note-taking, reading, study strategies, and much more. You can learn more information about academic coaching on our website and sign up for appointments via Starfish.

Academic coaches also offer workshops throughout the academic year. See our workshop schedule for more information.

Peer Subject Tutoring

The Learning Commons offers peer tutoring to students to help them succeed in their courses. Tutors ask guiding questions to encourage students to think more deeply about course concepts, discuss ways to prepare for exams, and break down complex problems. Tutors do not give out answers; rather, they will act as guides and coaches so that students can master the skills on their own.

Appointment and drop-in tutoring is available to all Augustana students for select courses. To learn more about the courses we support, the drop-in schedule, and how to make an appointment through Starfish, please visit our tutoring website.

Contact Alex Crawford, Director of Academic Support, for more information.