The University Learning Commons (ULC) provides academic support through peer and professional tutoring in many subjects, and in general study skills as well. We look forward to working with all students as they work toward their educational goals.
Make sure you check out our Study Tips and Subject Tutorial Links on this page!
The University Learning Commons is committed to the safety of our students, tutors, and staff. For your convenience, all tutoring appointments will be offered remotely until further notice. Please be assured that our tutors are knowledgeable in delivering remote learning sessions that provide students with the support and confidence needed for academic success. We look forward to assisting you on your educational journey!
The ULC is located in St. Augustine Hall (Library), Room 103, next to the café.
Coordinator: Linda Dersch
email: [email protected]
ULC email: [email protected]
Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Making an Appointment at the University Learning Commons Online:
You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your appointment once you make the appointment.
If you are interested in tutoring, come see us in the ULC (Located in St Augustine Hall, Room 103). You may click on the link below for an application, or you can pick one up in the ULC.
New Hire Application (PDF)
Is tutoring free?
All tutoring services are free for St. John's students.
Who will be tutoring me?
The tutors in the ULC are highly qualified. Below are some examples of our tutor's sucesses.
All tutors in the ULC must have at least a 3.7 GPA and are required to submit two letters of recommendation from their professors in the subject area they tutor. Most tutors are upperclassmen students, but there are several graduate tutors.
How do I cancel an appointment?
You can cancel an appointment online (click on your appointment and click the "Cancel Appointment" tab at the bottom), you can call 718-990-1367, or you can drop in to inform us. It is important to cancel your appointment if you cannot keep it so another student can be helped.
What if there are no appointments available during the times I am available?
You may go on our "wait list." Go to the ULC appointment website. Choose your subject, and then choose a tutor in your subject. Click the clock next to the date. Choose the tutor you want and indicate the times you are available. You will receive notification if an appointment opens up. If the tutors are completely booked, you can stop in or call the ULC at (718) 990-6566.
How many appointments can I have per day?
You may have one appointment per day, per subject. (i.e. You can have an appointment for Theology 1000C AND an appointment for Chemistry 1120 on the same day, but you cannot have two Chemistry 1120 appointments.)
May I bring another student with me to my appointment?
Yes, if the student is in the same class as you and needs help. Most of the tutors in the ULC can accommodate up to four (4) students.
Must I have an appointment to receive tutoring in the ULC?
The ULC offers walk-ins depending on tutors' availability.
Our tips on how to manage your time:
The best way to prepare for any test and to reduce text anxiety is to know the material thoroughly. Begin studying for an exam at least one week before the date of the test. If you have done this, here are additional strategies that will help you through the test:
Taking good notes helps you get the most out of your classes and helps you do better on tests. Carefully selecting and writing down the important points of the lecture forces you to be an active learner.
To get the most out of a college textbook chapter:
Reading a Textbook - Brochure (PDF)
Have a great attitude, and believe in yourself. Recognize yourself as a talented, capable person who works hard and will be successful.
*These suggestions are from The Secrets of College Success , 2/e, by Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman
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