Welcome to The Learning Commons: FAQs

The Learning Commons welcomes all learners, teaching them to be more effective and engaged scholars.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

About the Learning Commons :

A: The Learning Commons are located on the 2nd floor of Hege Library. The front desk is open from 8:30am- 5pm Monday-Friday. Drop-in Tutoring takes place on the 1st floor of Hege library and operates Monday- Thursday 4pm-7pm and Sunday 4pm-7pm.

A: Yes. There is an elevator on the 1st floor of the library.

A: There are two categories of tutors in the LC: Professional Tutors, who are instructors or professionally trained tutors in their fields of study and Student Tutors, who have been recommend by an instructor and are chosen because they excel in their particular subject.

A: NOTHING. Services in the LC are free for all Guilford students, faculty, and staff.

A: Kind of. We do have a tutor who is fluent in writing Spanish (Melissa Daniel) but in general, we cannot guarantee a tutor that can help with wording or sentences in languages other than English; however, we can help you with organizing your essay and talk about concepts.

Making an Appointment :

A: Any Guilford student, faculty, staff member, or alumni is welcome to make an appointment with us.

A: Yes. When you make your appointment with a professional tutor, you will see the list of who is available and what their specialty areas are. You can also see the list of Drop-in Tutors and their availability.

A: You have a few options: first, you can check back to see if someone cancels their appointment at which point you can make your appointment. Second, you can add your name to the Wait List on the schedule by clicking the white clock icon next to the day you want to make an appointment. Or third, you can use the Drop-in Tutoring service.

A: The first thing you would need to do is log back into the appointment schedule and cancel your appointment as soon as possible (that frees up your spot so that other students may take your appointment). Then you can schedule for a future date that works for you.

A: While you (and only you) can cancel your appointment at any time, we ask that you give us at least 24 hours’ notice so that another student may have the option to take your appointment.

A: Without notification or an official cancellation, you will be entered as a “no show” in our scheduling system for that appointment. If you fail to show up for two appointments, your future appointments will be cancelled and you may be required to have a conference with our LC Director before being allowed to schedule future appointments.

A: If you anticipate being a few minutes late to your appointment, give the front desk a call at (336)316-2253 to let them know the situation. If you are more than 10 minutes late, without notification, your appointment may be cancelled and your tutor may be reassigned.

A: Appointments in the Learning Commons are 60-minute conversations with a tutor about your assignment. "Drop-in" tutoring serves students on a first-come, first-served basis, so a tutor may have to rotate between several clients while they work with you. The tutor will read through your paper with you, answer your questions, and work with you to strengthen your paper and your skills as a writer and student. You and the tutor may discuss any aspect of your assignment or process.

A: You can bring any sort of writing. We get mostly academic work, but we also can provide assistance with application essays, grant proposals, or other writing. If you are working on an honors thesis, or dissertation, you should plan to schedule multiple visits and focus on parts of the longer project.

A: Tutors will discuss your assignments with you and share strategies for approaching a topic, organizing a paper, developing your style, or correcting recurring errors. Tutors may also direct you to other resources for further assistance. Tutors will not edit or proofread a paper or write any part of your paper for you.

A: Only if you request to have a brief summary of your session emailed to them or fill-out an Appointment Verification Form.

A: For take-home exams, some instructors specify whether you may or may not bring your work to the Learning Commons. If this issue is not explicitly addressed in the prompt, we depend on your sense of whether the instructor has recommended the Learning Commons or would condone a visit for take-home exams. If you have any questions about whether it is appropriate to get feedback from the Learning Commons on take-home exams, ask your instructor before you bring in your draft.