Students @ Phoenix College

Learning Commons

Our mission is to help you become a better, more confident learner.

Tutoring Schedule by Subject - FA18

Happening in the Learning Commons:

A&P 201 & 202 and Biology 156 Review Sessions- with Biology Faculty,  Amy Bell: Tuesdays 10am to 11am, Matthew Gallucci; each Friday 10am to 11am

Math Tutoring - with Math Faculty, Gabriel Leyba; every Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 11:30am & Jennifer Carrillo Tuesday 12:30pm to 1:30pm

HESI A2 Reviews-  October 26 and November 30, 2018 see below for details.

Conversation Circles-  Fall sessions begin Tuesday, August 28 and end Thursday, December 6, 2018 (see below for details)

Virtual Tutoring for American Sign Language- each Tuesday and Thursday, from 4pm to 6pm beginning Tuesday, August 28, and ending Thursday, December 6, 2018

Tutoring: in-person drop-in; in-person by appointment; virtual tutoring; online on demand

LC Services for PC Students:

  • Access to CRLA Certified and trained Staff to support your academic success
  • Drop In Tutoring: FREE in-person, no appointment needed, academic tutoring
  • Writing Center: FREE in-person support for all writing, reading, and study concerns
  • Tutoring Appointments: Free in-person support by appointment
  • Virtual Tutoring for students in American Sign Language
  • Online Tutoring: to access Brainfuse, select the "Online Tutoring" link found in Canvas.
  • Brush Up Step Up: FREE online, self-paced study program to prepare for the Accuplacer placement exam content
  • FREE Workshop for preparation of the Accuplacer placement exam content and test, includes tutoring support
  • FREE Mentoring for Allied Health and Nursing Students
  • FREE access to computers, collaboration rooms, WIFI, and study areas
  • Use of calculators, anatomy models, and some textbooks in the Learning Commons
  • FREE learning handouts
  • Textbooks and learning materials for some Open Educational Resource classes

LC Services for PC Faculty:

  • Faculty requests for student support
  • Classroom visits or tours of the Learning Commons
  • Collaboration with student success plans
  • Reports on student tutoring sessions
  • Reports on student time at the Learning Commons
  • Tutoring assignment in the Learning Commons in lieu of required committee work
  • Sample Syllabus Statement for Tutoring Services

LC Services for Maricopa Students and Community Members:

  • In-person Tutoring services are available to all MCCCD students that follow the expectations of the Learning Commons and are currently enrolled in a course for which we have a tutor
  • HESI A2 Review Sessions: prepares any Maricopa student for the nursing entrance exam; includes tutoring services in the PC Learning Commons
  • ESL Conversation Circles: program for students and members of the community that wish to improve English listening and speaking skills

Student Resources  

Student Survival Guide -resources available at Phoenix College to help you with success as a student.

Learning Commons' Resources - the Learning Commons has compiled links to websites to support your learning.

What to Bring to the Learning Commons:

  • Yourself as early in the semester and as often as you are able.
  • Your class notes, syllabus, textbook, assignment, and homework.
  • Your valid Phoenix College student ID (Cub Card) to check out resources,
    Or if you are from another Maricopa College, then your valid student ID from that college.
  • Other students to form a study group.

Faculty Request for Student Support

Faculty, if you would like to have your student work on specific learning skills, please use the Learning Skills Referral Form.

For the Writing Center, please use the Writing Center Referral Form.

You may send the referral form with the student (keep a copy for yourself) or you may email it to the LC Coordinator or Specialist.

Online Tutoring

You can also access Brainfuse Online Tutoring through your Phoenix College courses in Canvas.

Drop-In Tutoring

Academic Tutoring Schedule Fall  2018: Please Call 602-285-7486

Tutors are available on a drop-in basis for math and science courses. For advanced math, chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy & physiology, and statistics, please call our main number 602-285-7486 during our hours of operation to determine the availability of a tutor for your course.

When you are ready to work with a tutor, check-in at the tutoring Check-In Desk using your student ID number. You will visit with your tutor to work on a single question/concept or for up to 15 minutes, whichever comes first. You may check-in again for additional tutoring for math and science. Preference is given to students that haven't been seen at least once.

Writing Center

The Writing Center assists with any writing or reading project. The Writing Center provides support for ESL, English, Spanish, reading, study skills, and any writing assignment for any course. Our tutors will help you to understand your assignment, develop a thesis statement, organize sentences and paragraphs, learn grammar, and much more. We also help with speeches, essays and personal statements for scholarships, and essays for transfer applications.

Appointment Tutoring on Fridays

Each Friday from 8:30 am to Noon, tutors for Math, Science, and Language Arts see students by appointment. Appointments are for 20 minutes, in-person and one-on-one. You may sign up for one appointment per day, on a first-come, first-served basis, but no earlier than a week prior to your appointment day. Call our main number, 602-285-7486, or stop by the Tutoring Check-In Desk in the Learning Commons to make an appointment. 

Scholarship Essay & Application Support:

Throughout the year many departments at Phoenix College provide support for students seeking scholarships for college. Each spring and fall the Writing Center hosts a Scholarship Workshop bringing together people from those departments so students may learn more about writing a personal essay and completing applications for scholarships. The Student Guide to Scholarships handout has helpful hints about the scholarship process and writing a personal essay. More information is available at Scholarships.

Come see a Writing Center Tutor for help with your Scholarship Essays and Application Support!
You may also get help from Career Services, Financial Aid, Advising and Counseling or talk to your instructor about scholarships!

ESL Conversation Circles   

Fall Semester Schedule:

Conversation Circles, led by a trained ESL Tutor, is an informal gathering of people who meet to practice their English listening and speaking skills. You may attend as many or as few gatherings as your schedule permits. You don't need to be a student to participate, so bring family and friends for lots of fun. There is a small, one-time fee of $7.00 per person per semester. Spring 2018: Conversation Circles will meet each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from Noon to 2:00pm. To sign up, talk to your Tutor during any meeting. For more information, contact the Learning Commons at 602-285-7486.

Virtual Tutoring

For students taking American Sign Language, you may connect virtually with an ASL tutor using Big Blue Button, a conferencing tool inside of Canvas, or you may come in-person to the Learning Commons Suite, L023C. The tutor will be available Mondays & Wednesdays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. You may work with the tutor to clarify and enhance your understanding of ASL or to practice your signing skills.

Follow these instructions to get connected with ASL Virtual Tutoring. If you have any problems enrolling in the PC Virtual Tutoring course, please contact the Learning Commons at 602-285-7486.

Classroom Visits/Tours

A tutor will come to your classroom to talk about the resources in the Learning Commons. Or you may bring your class to the Learning Commons. Faculty, please contact Nancy Colla to set up a time for your students to learn about the support services that are available for student success in the Learning Commons.

Brush Up Step Up 

FREE self-paced online study program to prepare you for the Phoenix College placement exam, Accuplacer. The online program covers concepts in reading, writing, and math. To sign up, come to the Learning Commons Reception desk, L023G.

Reviews and Workshops

HESI A2 Review: Please note: The September 21st HESI A2 Review has been cancelled

The Learning Commons provides a 5-hour review session to prepare you for the HESI A2 exam. The fee for the review session is $25.00 per person, but includes tutoring post workshop at the Phoenix College Learning Commons. To register, please contact the Learning Commons at 602-285-7808. Click here for flyer

Accuplacer Workshop:  Contact the Instructional Support Specialist

The Accuplacer exam determines your placement into writing, reading, and math courses. Refreshing your skills and preparing for this exam will ensure that you are properly placed into classes and allow you to move through your desired program as efficiently and quickly as possible. There are many ways to prepare for the exam and you should choose one that best fits your needs. The FREE Accuplacer Workshop is one way to feel confident that you are prepared for this important exam.

The Accuplacer Workshop is presented by the Learning Commons' Tutors and is free to anyone that has been admitted to Phoenix College. The workshop covers writing, reading, math, and testing strategies for this specific exam. Accuplacer workshop attendees are also eligible for FREE tutoring in the Learning Commons. 

Phoenix College Testing Services has more information on Accuplacer preparation and testing requirements at Phoenix College.

Contact the Brush Up Step Up program at the Learning Commons for free self-paced content on reading, writing, and math for the placement exam. Or download the FREE PDF of the Accuplacer Study Guide by Study Guide Zone which has both free and for cost resources and links to prepare you for the Accuplacer placement exam. Additionally,Mometrix has FREE review courses and practice tests for the Accuplacer and for cost study guides and flash cards. 

Want to Join Our Team?

If you are a friendly, patient, dependable person and like helping others, come join our team. We welcome volunteers.

Please submit an application and appropriate documentation at the Learning Commons Reception desk, L023G or send scanned application materials to the IS Specialist. Transcripts are required for all positions.

Learning Commons Employment Application

Faculty Recommendation Form