Learning Commons

Learning Commons at Lincoln University is committed to assisting the Lincoln community in building a culture of academic excellence.  In order to develop the foundation for academic excellence, the Learning Commons provides professional and peer tutoring, online tutoring, placement testing, a computer lab, student development workshops, and hosts the Act 101 program.  Additionally, Learning Commons collaborates with the Writing and Reading Center and the Math Learning Center through providing professional tutoring support.

Learning Commons offers students a special place that students can use to study and conduct research with assistance from peers and professionals, as well as access to computers and the internet. Using a student-centered approach, assistance is provided for all students utilizing best practices based on published, peer-reviewed evidence, ongoing systematic assessment, collaboration and alignment with academic curriculum, current technologies, cultural competence, and an appreciation for diverse learning abilities to provide preeminent services to students and the Lincoln community.

Tutoring.  Professional and peer drop-in and appointment tutoring for all students are provided in the Learning Commons from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.  All professional and peer tutors complete a training program that has been awarded the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). Learning Support Specialists provide not only professional tutoring but also afford professional support for the Writing and Reading Center (WRC) and the Math Learning Center (MLC).

Workshops.  Student development workshops provide academic-related assistance to students with the purpose of supporting the students’ transition to college life and their attainment of their university degree.  Several workshops are offered: Study Skills, Test Taking, Textbook Reading, Time Management, and Plagiarism.

Act 101 Achievement Program. The Honorable K. Leroy Irvis was the first Black Speaker of the House for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in the country. He created the Higher Education Equal Opportunity Program, Legislative Act 101, to assist motivated Pennsylvania residents to attend and be successful in college.  The Act 101 Achievement Program is designed to offer low-income, at-risk Pennsylvania residents a chance to be successful at Lincoln University.  Students are supplied with academic, professional, and personal counseling to assist them with the adjustment to the rigors of a college lifestyle.   The Act 101 program provides assistance for eligible Pennsylvania resident students with the intention of increasing their college success through intensive and intrusive advising and counseling, academic and personal coaching, action meetings, cultural activities, and success workshops.  The program also provides reference letters and recommendations, and hosts a textbook loan program.

Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society.  The Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society is hosted by Lincoln University’s Act 101 program.  Eligible students who earn a 3.0 GPA for at least two consecutive semesters may be inducted into the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. 


Functions of Learning Commons

  • Identify, place and facilitate the selection of peer tutors
  • Coordinate and facilitate all Placement testing
  • Provide targeted tutoring serves services based on program and student needs
  • Provide training for all peer tutors, peer mentors, Supplemental instruction leaders etc
  • Provide tutoring and review in preparation for professional exams (GRE, LSAT, NCLEX etc)
  • Facilitate the use and development of line tutoring services
  • Develop and deliver interactive and information workshops for individual FYE sessions, and the campus community and student groups or individuals. Workshops to include but not limited to:
  • Study Skills
  • Time management
  • Use of WebAdvisor
  • Use of GradesFirst
  • Financial literacy
  • Test taking strategies
  • Plagiarism prevention
  • Facilitate midterm and final exam review sessions
  • Serve as facility for students to conduct research or group study