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Midterm Madness at the Learning Commons: Two Questions for Learning Support Services Director Nancy Mott

MIDTERM-MADNESS-GREYGUYWhat do you wish students knew about your services?

We have just completed 14 workshops on time management for first-year students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As part of these workshops we address the need for long term planning so that the student doesn’t get overwhelmed by the midterm requirements.

Do you offer services/hours tailored to midterms?

Our one on one academic coaching sessions are the most utilized of our services.  At this time of year we have multiple requests for working up a study plan and techniques for addressing test anxiety.

These sessions are happening now since during the last week prior to break we are focused on proctoring exams for students needing testing accommodations.

Our weekly study groups for anatomy and physiology and gen bio are now up and running.

Encouraging students to check out our website for study tips and various resources would be ideal, along with our facebook page.

The photo below was taken at our weekly study group for general biology students. This group of 20 students meets every Thursday night from 8:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. here in the Learning Commons. LSS initiated this effort and hired a content person, Joanne Petrescu, to work with Emily McMordie (instructor, pictured), our graduate assistant.


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.

Nancy Mott, EdD, is the Learning Support Services Director. Mary Beth Simmons, MFA, is the Writing Center director. Melissa Ferreira, MA, directs the Math Learning Resource Center. 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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Last Modified: October 10, 2013

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