Stewart memorial library

Learning Commons

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A holistic learning environment at the heart of campus, the Learning Commons in Stewart Memorial Library embodies “Coe makes it possible,” providing support for academics, life and career planning and teaching and learning.

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“I Need…”


Students taking a selfie while studying abroad figure out how to set up a study abroad semester.

Find Professor John Chaimov! Go to the Office for Off Campus Study, located in the Learning Commons (main floor library). John's drop in hours in the Learning Commons are daily from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Mon-Fri).

Learn more about off-campus study here

Smiling female student working at a desk schedule a time to make up a test.

Go to the lower level of the library, and head toward the back. You'll find the Tutoring/Testing Desk and most likely you'll see Karen Swenson or our student staff in place to help you. Our testing center is open from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Mon-Fri).

Two students working on homework

...a tutor.

Tutors are available for most courses at any time during the semester up until two weeks before finals. Simply complete this Tutor Request Form. Tutoring staff will review your request and contact you within 3-5 business days with additional information. All tutoring is contingent on tutor availability.

Female student working on a computer gain some new study skills.

We have you covered! The Learning Commons offers on-demand workshops, resources and one-on-one consultations for students looking to uptick their study skills and form healthy study habits. Like our Facebook page to keep up to date on offerings, come see a Learning Commons Consultant or check out our resources page and start gaining skills today!

Professor and student working together in the library make a plan for my future Fulbright Scholarship.

Come over during Derek Buckaloo's Learning Commons open hours this fall and get the ball rolling. Derek is in office 129 on the main floor Tuesdays from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM and Wednesdays from 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM. Derek is available to help you at ANY stage in the scholarship/fellowship process. (Amber Shaw will be back in the spring!) It's never too early to start! Visit our national scholarships and fellowships page to learn more about scholarships and fellowships at Coe.

Two students talking in front of Marquis Hall selecting a major!

Come to the Learning Commons to talk through options with any Learning Commons Consultant or with Rob Kuennen, the Advisor-at-Large. His advising role is to provide additional insight or perspective (outside of your currently assigned advisor) for all students. He and the Consultants hold regularly scheduled office hours in the Learning Commons.

Two students talking in the Writing Center

...assistance with this paper.

Check out the Writing Center. Located on the main floor of the Learning Commons, the Writing Center can help you from brainstorm to finished product.

Student studying in the library figure out a better way to take notes or improve my study skills.

Check out these note taking resources!

Student leading group discussion in front of a whiteboard with a presentation.

The Speaking Center is your place! From inception to practice and revision, Speaking Center consultants can ease your public speaking worries. Stop in or schedule a consultation. The Speaking Center is located on the main floor of the Learning Commons.

Two students reading on a bench on calming myself before this big exam!

Sweaty palms and accelerated heart beats? Check out these tips to boost your confidence and calmness before exam time.

Two students working on a computer

...answers to some questions about registration.

During registration periods, the Learning Commons Advisor-at-Large, Rob Kuennen, will hold additional open hours for last-minute drop in questions. You can also stop in during  Rob's regularly scheduled office hours, Mondays 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM or Wednesdays 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM in Stewart Memorial Library, office 129, or contact Rob at other times to get your registration questions answered.

Three students at the Iowa Startup Accelerator

...some funds for a special event I want to host on campus.

Check out the Learning Commons Micro Grants.