Learning Commons

Calvin T. Ryan Library, Second Floor
(308) 865-8905

The Learning Commons is a collaborative service consisting of Language Support, Success Coaching, Supplemental Instruction, Subject Tutoring, and the Writing Center.

Language Support

Language Leaders help to improve students' pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar by engaging native and fluent speakers with language learners in natural, one-on-one conversation. Additional special events like group language tables, movie nights, and game nights provide fun opportunities for students to improve speaking proficiency in a fun and social environment.

Success Coaching

Success Coaches offer one-on-one academic support in person and online to all UNK undergraduate students. Success Coaches help students with organization, exam preparation, time management, note-taking, memorization, or any other academic skill.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

SI leaders work directly with instructors to offer review sessions in selected general studies classes. Contact the Learning Commons at (308) 865-8905 for a list of current SI courses. The SI schedule is posted each semester on the Learning Commons website.

Subject Tutoring

Subject Tutors provide walk-in assistance and online support for general studies classes with a focus on general studies math, science, language, and business courses. Special test reviews and weekly study groups provide additional support in a collaborative group setting. To get the most out of subject tutoring, students should seek help as soon as they know they need it. Access the tutoring schedule online or in the Learning Commons.

Writing Center

Writing Center tutors provide in-person or online assistance to UNK students, staff, and faculty at any stage of the writing process. Make an appointment by calling (308) 865-8905, or in person at the Welcome Desk. Walk-ins are accommodated as the appointment schedule allows.

Learning Strategies - Foundations for Learning Classes

LNSK 103 - This three-credit-hour transition class is strongly recommended for first year and transfer students. Students learn:

  • Goal-setting, Motivation, and Applied Educational Psychology
  • Time and Financial Management, Degree Plans
  • Critical Thinking and Research Writing
  • Connections with Peers and Faculty, Research Involvement

Also students develop skills to approach new ideas, study effectively, perform better in class discussions and on tests, and become familiar with campus opportunities and resources. For more information or class listings, contact (308) 865-8728 or visit online.