Learning Commons

Peer Academic Coaching

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 Schedule A Tutoring Appointment or call (207)780-4228.

Learning means change, and often we are influenced by our "mindset" about our situation. It takes a "growth mindset" to change. To learn more about a growth versus fixed mindset, check out the Mindset Kit at: https://www.mindsetkit.org/topics/about-growth-mindset