About the Learning Center

The mission of the Learning Center is to provide a level of academic support that enhances the ability of every motivated student to succeed in his/her studies at Mount St. Joseph University.  The Learning Center services include a Writing Center, Math & Science Center, Peer Tutoring, placement testing, instructional and adaptive software, and support for students with disabilities.

To contact the Learning Center, call (513) 244-4202.

Hours & Location

The Learning Center is located on the first floor of Seton Center, Room 156.

Hours:  Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:300 p.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and several evenings per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. 

*Due to COVID 19 the majority of tutoring services will be offered remotely for the fall 2020 semester. 

For appointments with the Math & Science Center or the Writing Center please call 513-244-4202 or email learning.center@msj.edu.   

Staff

Stacy Mueller
Director of The Learning Center, Disability Services and Project EXCEL, M.Ed., Northern Kentucky University, Stacy.Mueller@msj.edu  513.244.4623

Cathy Steinriede
Learning Center Coordinator, MSOL, B.S., Mount St. Joseph University, Catherine.Steinriede@msj.edu  513.244.4202

Screen Fatigue Tips

Tips for managing screen fatigue in online classes

Excessive screen time can damper productivity and cause headaches or eye strain.  Consider these tips for avoiding screen fatigue while keeping up with your online classes.

Take breaks

    • It is important to break up screen time to allow your eyes (and mind!) a chance to rest. 
    • Try the Pomodoro method: set a timer for 25 minutes and concentrate on a task without interruption.  When the alarm goes off, reset the timer for a 5 minute screen break.  Repeat this cycle 4 times, then take a longer break (20-60 minutes depending on your energy and work load).
    • If you find that these time increments do not work for you, adjust as necessary, maintaining the principle of taking frequent breaks from looking at your screen.

Plan screen time strategically

    • While your class schedule and personal commitments may dictate when you are able to do your work, try to design your study schedule to reduce screen time at the end of the day when your eyes are more tired.

Adjust your screen settings

    • The default display settings on your computer can sometimes be straining. 
    • On a PC: check out the Night Light feature, which allows you to display “warmer” colors at certain times of day to reduce blue light.
    • On a Mac: try switching to Dark Mode to reduce screen brightness.
    • Try downloading f.lux, which adapts your screen brightness to the time of day.
    • Increase your scale settings to enlarge all text that appears on your screen.

Use dictation and read-aloud

Consider light-blocking products

    • Some students benefit from products like blue light screen overlays, tinted lenses, or simply wearing sunglasses while looking at screens. 
    • We recommend you consult with an eye doctor before using any new products.

 

Individual Study Skills Assistance

Individualized study skills assistance can help you gain a greater understanding of yourself and of the basic skills needed for success in the classroom. if you would like to take a Learning Styles Assessment, please contact the Director of The Learning Center. stacy.mueller@msj.edu
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Maybe all you need are tips on how to better manage your time, read more effectively, take good notes, or prepare for tests. Websites like howtostudy.org are good sources.
Visit this site to download GRE preparation software and other study materials.

Online Forms

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Peer tutoring is an intervention program designed to serve those students who are struggling in a course. Students who are doing well, but would like to do even better, should work with their fellow classmates to form study groups. Contact the Learning Center if you would like assistance in coordinating a study group for your course. If you are having difficulty in a course, please complete this request form.

Services

THE LEARNING CENTER IS FOR EVERYONE: FACULTY, STAFF, AND MOST OF ALL, TO STUDENTS OF EVERY MAJOR AND GRADE LEVEL. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR AN APPOINTMENT.
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The Writing Center helps students to grow as writers, enhancing the quality of their written work in every discipline. Through one-on-one sessions with  student Writing Consultants, students grow in their understanding of the writing process, develop their ability to apply the process to all their written work, increase their understanding of the conventions of writing, and develop their ability to adhere to standard written English.

The Math & Science Center Assistants offer one-on-one sessions to help students succeed in their math courses through calculus, and their 100-level science courses. The tutors can also help with math and science content in other courses. 

The Peer Tutoring program enhances student success in coursework across the curriculum by providing concentrated, one-on-one intervention for stuggling students in need of extra academic support. Peer Tutors serve as role models of motivation and success, while simultaneously reinforcing their own learning. Please complete the Peer Tutor request form found on this page, if you would like to request a peer tutor.

Disability Services seeks to ensure that eligible students with documented physical or mental impairments are provided, based on individual need, reasonable academic adjustments and auxilary aids to allow access to Mount programs.

Individualized study skills assistance helps students acquire greater understanding of themselves and of the basic skills needed for success in the classroom: time management, goal-setting, effective reading and note-taking, test-taking strategies, and others.