LWC Sunday Fun Day & Volunteering

On Sunday October 5th, some of the LWC staff volunteered at the SF Botanical Gardens and had a picnic in Golden Gate park. Here is a group photo from our day.


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Wake Me Up When September Ends…


Hello Everyone! The month of September has officially ended and we are now beginning the month of October. The Learning & Writing Center hopes you are doing well and have settled in for the Fall 2014 school semester. We are about to reach the half-way point of the semester so keep on pushing!

We would like to thank all who attended and supported the LWC 2014 Open House! Special thank you to all the staff for their hard work and for front desk staff member Nikki for suggesting the them Up. Here is the flyer featuring the theme


(flier design by Front Desk Staff member Olive)

Here are some of the fun events we have going on for the month of October:


Student Success Workshops


Are you Ready to Graduate: Checklist for Graduation Requirements

Wed. 10/8/2014 5:30-6:30pm McLaren 252

Getting Help from Professors: Are you Uncomfortable Asking Professors for Help?

Thurs. 10/9/2014 11:45am-12:35pm McLaren 250

De-Mystifying Research Papers

Tues. 10/28/2014 11:45am-12:35pm Gleeson Library Room 139

Mind, Body, & Spirit

The Truth About Alcohol

Thurs. 10/2/2014 11:45am-12:35pm McLaren 251

Marijuana: What it Does and Why

Tues. 10/7/2014 5:30-7:00pm Fromm Hall Maier Room

The Truth About Alcohol

Tues. 10/21/2014 11:45am- 12:45pm McLaren 252

Marijuana: What it Does and Why

Tues. 10/28/2014 5:30-7:00pm Fromm Hall Maier Room

Quick Stress Breakers

Thurs. 10/30/2014 11:45am-12:35pm Hayes Healy 112 Formal Lounge

Career Planning & Life Skills:

Meet the Gamers

Tues. 10/21/2014 5:00-6:30pm Fromm Hall Xavier Chapel

Additional Events:

Stress Less Day

Thurs. 10/2/2014 11:00am-2:30pm Gleeson Plaza

Fall Career Fair

Tues. 10/7/2014 11:00 am- 2:00pm Gleeson Plaza

Major/ Minor Fair

Tues. 10/21/2014 11:45am-12:45pm Gleeson Plaza

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The Learning and Writing Center would like to welcome you back to USF for the Fall 2014 school semester! For those of you who are new to USF, we are located in Cowell Hall room 215.

The mission of the Learning & Writing Center is to provide students with opportunities to increase and enhance their academic skills and abilities through cultivating effective learning practices. We support investment in learning and studying, and we respect individual learning styles. We believe in creating an environment that is conducive to learning as well as serving as role models. With the goal of creating lifelong learners, we strive to support students’ endeavors towards self-confidence and higher achievement and performance.

Hours of Operations

The Learning Center

Mon-Thurs 8:30am-8pm

Friday 8:30am-5pm

The Writing Center

Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm

Friday 10am-5pm

Drop in hours

Mon-Thurs 1-4pm Gleeson Library in the New book section

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We are offering a number of workshops and events that we would love for you to attend!

Student Success Workshops for the Month of September


Excelling in the American Classroom: Tips and Strategies for International Students

Tues. 9/9/2014 11:45am-12:35pm Cowell 106

Top Tips for College Success

Tues. 9/11/2014 11:45am-12:35pm Hayes Healy 112 Formal Lounge

Taking Noteworthy Notes

Tues. 9/16/2014 11:45am-12:35pm McLaren 251

Whats TIME got to do with it: Time Management Skills

Tues. 9/23/2014 11:45am-12:35pm McLaren 251

Mind, Body & Spirit:

Marijuana: What it Does and Why

Weds. 9/17/2014 6:00pm-7:00pm Fromm Hall Maier Room

The Truth About Alcohol

Thurs. 9/18/2014 11:45am-12:35pm McLaren 251

Finding Your Place at USF

Tues. 9/30/2014 11:45am-12:35pm Phelan Hall 101 Residence Lounge

Career Planning & Life Skills:

Money 101: Financial Fitness in College and Beyond

Mon. 9/29/2014 6:30pm-8:00pm McLaren 251

Additional Events

The Learning and Writing Center Open House

Tues. 9/30/2014 11:30-1:00pm Gleeson Plaza

Study Abroad Fair

Thurs. 9/25/2014 11:00am-1:30pm Gleeson Plaza

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This week, temperatures have surprisingly risen to high 70s and low 80s. It’s absolutely gorgeous outside and students can be seen flocking to the beach, laying out on Gleeson Plaza, and tanning on roof tops. It’s a sign that summer is on it’s way. However, the warm weather makes it much more difficult to study for classes, especially when finals are creeping up. There is only about one week left of classes until finals begin and students SHOULD begin studying soon. The LWC can help you begin studying by providing extra tutoring hours through an event called Tutorpalooza. This semester, tutorpalooza will be on Friday 5/9 from 12-4pm at Cowell 417 & 418. All tutors for the subjects we provide will be available and any student can come by and get tutored for as long as they want during these hours. This is a great opportunity for last minute clarifications and study tips! Pace yourself Dons! Make sure to rest and eat well. End the semester with a bang!


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Exciting News from the LWC

Hope everyone had a great spring break! Here’s a quick update of all the new and exciting changes that have been happening around the center:

  • The center has a new makeover. If you haven’t seen the new updated look, come on by!


  • The LWC is hosting a GRAND GIVEAWAY! All you have to do is follow and like us on all our social media sites. At the end of the semester, we will include the names of all our new likers and followers into a raffle and will choose the winner of a new apple product. If you like and follow us on all three social media sites, then your name will be included three times. So make sure to follow us and spread the word.
    • Instagram: usflwc
    • Twitter: LdubC
    • Facebook: Learning & Writing Center at USF
  • Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) will now be available for Organic Chemistry.

The Peer-Led-Team-Learning (PLTL) model consists of study groups of six to eight students facilitated by a student (peer) leader….engages undergraduates in methods of group study,…improves students’ problem-solving skills, communication, and provides … active-learning. Groups meet once a week during the semester for a two-hour workshop. The PLTL leader does not help solve the problems with the students …, but guides and encourages them …No answer is given to the students; the students are to learn to decide as a group whether the answer is correct or not. This allows the students to gain more confidence in deciding when a problem is solved correctly, which is essential for performing well on quizzes and exams.

This is a great resource to any student taking this rigorous course. If you have any questions about the program, stop by the LWC at Cowell 215 and we can answer your questions.

That’s all for now. Have a good rest of the semester! Brace yourselves, finals is coming up. But that also means SUMMER.

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New Semester, New Study Strategies!


Hey y’all!

My name is Bella and I am one of the many amazing front desk workers at the LWC! I am a first year International Studies major here at USF and within the past semester I have already begun to change and develop new study strategies specific to the courses I have taken.

Some strategies that have been most helpful for me (and hopefully will be for you too) are:

1. Use short breaks in your schedule to review in-class material (notes taken in last class) and to get a head start on homework (looking over the homework schedule on the syllabus and reading the directions on handouts) to get an idea of how much time you will need to have to work on certain assignments.

2. Chunk long readings into 10-20 page sessions each day before the reading is due so you don’t have to cram a 60 page reading and journal the night before.

3. LISTS! And lot’s of them. Even if you don’t own a planner, keep a journal or reminders/calendars in your phone so you don’t forget about that assignment the teacher decided to announce the last two minutes of class!

4. Print out slideshows before the class! This will save you energy (instead of copying down notes in class) and you will be able to actually LISTEN to the professor’s own analogies and connections to the information given in the slideshow lecture. 

5. Review lecture notes at the end of each week! This will allow you to refresh all the information that was thrown at you the past 5 days and get ready for next week’s material and possible POP QUIZZES!

6. When reviewing notes, make sure to take out a highlighter and highlight main ideas of the lecture and chunk together information into different sections of the subject.

7. Identify the type of studying environment that works for you. Love being around your friends but you can’t finish your homework around them? Try to make time in your day for just friends and just homework. Studying alone isn’t too bad! Especially when you see your grades benefiting from it.

Well, that’s all I have for now! Hope everyone’s semester is off to a good start and that these study strategies will help you at some point in the semester…

If you need any additional help, make sure to stop by our center in Cowell 215 and we can help you find a tutor for your course or set you up with a professor to assist you with your paper!

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Did you know?

Did you know the University of San Francisco offers its students a wide variety of academic services that are FREE! How do i know? Because the Learning and Writing Center is one of those services. Our department offers free tutoring (SI, P.L.T.L., peer tutoring) as well as free writing services (preceptors who thoroughly check your writing). The Learning and Writing Center is offers programs like America Reads, a program where U.S.F. students go out into the SF’s public school to tutor elementary students in a variety of subjects. F.Y.I.T. (Families and Youth In Transition) is another program offered at the L.W.C. which sends U.S.F. students into schools to help those students, who have been or who are homeless, in their academic studies. The Learning and Writing Center is honestly a great place to go for help, or just to relax and do homework in. I recommend stopping by and checking us out in Cowell Hall room 215 (CO 215) . Or you can check us out at our website and get to know the staff and directors of the L.W.C. Either way works just get to know about the L.W.C., you never know, maybe one day you’ll need to use our services. 

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