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Learning Commons

Our goal is to help students develop the skills to become confident, life-long learners able to achieve personal, academic, and career objectives. We are guided by the learning centered principles of evaluation, communication, collaboration, and responsibility.

You will have access to:

  • Dedicated, trained staff to support you
  • Drop-in tutoring in academic subjects
  • Computers and collaboration rooms
  • Learning materials and software
  • Calculators, anatomy models, and some textbooks
  • Workshops, study group organization, and individual study plans
  • Online tutoring services
  • An inviting place to study and learn

You will learn to:

  • Formulate questions
  • Become a better writer
  • Prepare for exams
  • Utilize resources to support your learning
  • Manage the course material
  • Improve study skills and time management
  • Recognize your strengths and weaknesses as a learner

Drop-In Tutoring

Academic Tutoring Schedules

One-on-one tutoring sessions at the Learning Commons are on a first-come, first-served basis. Use your Cub Card to check in at the Check-In Station.

Tutoring is available FREE to all Phoenix College students for 20 minutes per day per subject for the academic classes in which you are currently enrolled at Phoenix College for which we have tutors. If time permits, you may have additional tutoring, but priority is given to students that have not yet been tutored.

How it Works:

1- Use the Tutoring Schedule or call ahead to find a tutor.

2- Come to the Lower Level of the Fannin Library, no appointment needed.

3- Stop at the Check-In Station and check-in.  Your Cub Card makes it faster.

4- Get settled into the zone for the service that you want.

5- Work on your assignment. Your tutor will see you first-come, first-served.

What to Bring:

  • Yourself as early in the semester and as often as you can.
  • Your class notes, syllabus, textbook, assignment, and homework.
  • Your valid Phoenix College student ID (Cub Card) to check out resources.
  • Other students to start a study group.

Ask for a tour. We want you to use the resources that will help you succeed.

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 or you may email it to the LC Technician or Coordinator.

Writing Center

We will assist with any writing project. The Writing Center guides you in the writing process, but does not grade, edit, or proofread your writing. Our tutors will advise you on understanding your assignment, developing a thesis statement,  organizing sentences and paragraphs, learning grammar, and much more. We also help with speeches.

ESL Conversation Circles

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 fee of $7.00 per person per semester. Conversation Circles meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM. The location will be provided when you sign up at the Learning Commons Reception desk, L023G.

Online Tutoring

Phoenix College provides 5 hours of FREE online tutoring per semester for each student. For more information, please review Using Online Tutoring. To access online tutoring, click on "Online Tutoring" under the "Support Services" menu on the left of this page or use the following link: Connect to SmartThinking.

Brush Up Step Up

Self-paced online study program to prepare you for the Phoenix College placement exam. To qualify for this FREE program, you must have taken the Accuplacer placement exam at least once or been out of school for 3 or more years. The program covers concepts in reading, writing, and math.

Classroom Visits

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 the LC Technician to set up a time for your students to learn about the support services that are available for student success in the Learning Commons.


HESI A2 Workshop: Fall 2015 Flyer

The Learning Commons provides a workshop to prepare you for the HESI A2 exam. The fee for the workshop is $25.00 per person, but includes tutoring post workshop at the Phoenix College Learning Commons. You need to be a student at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges. To register, please contact the Learning Commons Office Coordinator.

HESI A2 Workshops will resume in early February, 2016.



Want to Join Our Team?

If you are a friendly, patient 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 Learning Commons Office Coordinator. Transcripts are required for all positions.