Learning Commons

Learning Strategies

In addition to topic-based tutoring, students can increase their academic skills at the Learning Commons. These include how to effectively and efficiently:

  • Read textbooks
  • Take notes in the classroom
  • Manage time
  • Prepare for and take exams

For one-on-one consultations, students can meet with a Peer Academic Coach in Portland and Gorham.  These are USM students who have learned a variety of academic approaches, and can help a student select from a "menu" of options and practice the new strategies. To schedule a meeting with a Peer Academic Coach, please visit USM AskOnline or call (207)780-4228.  Also available is USM’s online index of learning Academic Strategies


Our tutors have created indexes of resources, called “LibGuides”, for math, writing, and English Speakers of Other Languages.  These contain helpful websites, worksheets, and video tutorials.

Writing:    http://usm.maine.libguides.com/writing

Math:       http://usm.maine.libguides.com/UsmMathResources

ESOL:      http://www.usm.maine.libguides.com/esol