Midterm Madness at the Learning Commons: Two Questions for the Director of Villanova’s Mathematical Learning Resource Center (MLRC), Melissa Ferreira
What do you wish students knew about your services?
The MLRC is mostly a walk-in service. Students do not need to make an appointment. They can come in any time we are open and should not have to wait long for help from a tutor. Students are also welcome to use the MLRC as a place to study independently, work with groups, or to use our computers to work on their math assignments.
Do you offer services/hours tailored to mid semesters?
The MLRC hours are the same during midterm week. We are open Monday through Thursday 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m..That is the busiest week of the semester for us, but we still make sure no one has to wait long for help. It would be a great idea to arrange to come in at the same time as other students from the same class, so a tutor can work with everyone together. It is beneficial to the students to work together because they learn more when they explain the material to someone else.
In the midst of dreaded midterm exams, the role of Falvey’s Learning Commons is increasingly important. The Learning Commons, on the second floor of Falvey, houses the Writing Center, Room 210; the Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC), Room 211; Learning Support Services (LSS), Room 212; the offices of the research support librarians; and the office of Kimberley Bugg, team leader of Information and Research Assistance and Service Development.
Melissa Ferreira, MA, directs the Math Learning Resource Center. Mary Beth Simmons, MFA, is the Writing Center director. Nancy Mott, EdD, is the Learning Support Services Director. All are dedicated to helping Villanova students achieve their academic goals. A small non-circulating reference collection and several comfortable seating areas complete the Learning Commons.
Alice Bampton is an digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Publications Team.
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