Transitional Studies
Pellissippi State Art Department

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is a designated area where all students enrolled in Learning Support classes are required to come each week to work on assignments, study for tests, and get the assistance they need from our team of faculty and expert tutors.

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What are the benefits of the Learning Commons for students?

  • Technology access and support
  • Individualized assistance and support from Learning Support Faculty
  • Ability to interact with and receive help from faculty other than their own instructors
  • A flexible schedule in which to complete their required weekly hours (although students may use the Learning Commons as much as needed)
  • A jump start on hours recommended for coursework outside of class (per week, students should be working twice the load hours of their courses outside of class)
  • Opportunities for learning personal responsibility and accountability in regards to:









Blount Co.

BL 174

8:30 am – 8 pm

8:30 am – 8 pm

8:30 am – 8 pm

8:30 am – 8 pm

8:30 am – 3 pm


Division St.

DV 164

8:30 am - 8 pm

8:30 am – 8 pm

8:30 am – 8 pm

8:30 am - 8 pm

9 am – 3 pm


Hardin Valley

AL 253

8:30 am – 8:30 pm

8:30 am – 8:30 pm

8:30 am – 8:30 pm

8:30 am – 8:30 pm

8:30 am – 4 pm

8 am – 3 pm


MA 143

8:30 am – 8 pm

8:30 am – 8 pm

8:30 am – 6 pm

8:30 am – 8 pm

8:30 am – 2 pm


Strawberry Plains

ST 2520

9 am - 2 pm


9 am - 2 pm


9 am-2 pm




Students may complete their required Learning Commons hours for the week at any time in which the LC is open.  They must, however, complete their required hours each week; they cannot “rollover” hours from the previous week or “double-up” the following week.  While students do have a minimum amount of time to spend in the LC each week, there is not a maximum amount they may spend there.  Students are encouraged to use the Learning Commons whenever they need to in order to complete their assignments and/or receive help from faculty.

Learning Commons Policies

In order for the Learning Commons to remain the positive learning environment that it should be, we ask that you respectfully abide by the following policies.  Students who do not follow these policies after receiving one warning will be asked to leave for the day.  Repeat violators will be reported to the Dean of the Transitional Studies Department.  We thank you for reading and abiding by the policies.

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    1. When entering the Learning Commons, make sure to swipe your ID card under the appropriate scanner (either Math, Reading, or Writing), and swipe it again when you leave, even for a short break. Also, remember to swipe your card when changing activities, say from Math to Reading. Do not present an ID card other than your own. Violators will be charged with academic misconduct and reported to the dean's office. No attendance credit will be given to students who do not have their ID cards or who do not swipe their card under the appropriate scanner. Your class instructors will teach you how to use the system, but if you forget, please ask an instructor or tutor for assistance.

    2. Except when speaking with an instructor or tutor, please be quiet during your time in the Learning Commons.

    3. Cell phones should be turned off and out of sight while you are in the Learning Commons. If you must make a phone call, please scan out of the Learning Commons and make your phone call in the hall or the lounge. A cell phone violation will cause your cell phone to be detained until you leave the Learning Commons. Your cell phone needs to be out of sight and turned off.

    4. No food or drink is allowed in the Learning Commons. If you have a drink that you will need later, it must be stored securely in your backpack.

    5. The computers in the Learning Commons are for working on Learning Support class assignments only. You are not permitted to use the computers for surfing the internet, social networking, playing games, streaming music (it slows the other computers down), or any other activities that are not Learning Support course related. Any violation will count as an absence for that day, and you will be asked to leave the Learning Commons.

    6. Please do not bring companions with you to the Learning Commons.

    7. The use of a computer in the Learning Commons is on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations can be made.

  1. Please do not touch the monitor screens as they can be easily damaged. Also, please be mindful of placing personal belongings away from cords or cables that could become unplugged or damaged.

  2. If your computer is not working properly, please alert an instructor or tutor and try to move to another computer. Do not shut down the computer, and please do not try to fix the computer yourself.

  3. You may print items that are part of your Learning Support coursework. Printing for other classes is not allowed. If the printer is not working properly, please alert an instructor or tutor. Do not try to fix the problem yourself.

  4. The Learning Commons is equipped with various supplies that you may need throughout the semester. Please ask an instructor or a tutor for assistance if you wish to borrow supplies. Please do not get them yourself. We will ask to hold your picture ID while you are borrowing supplies. Your ID will be returned to you when you return the supplies.

  5. Students are not permitted to use the instructor media station.

  6. Please remember to log off your computer when you leave the Learning Commons.

  7. Do not leave personal belongings in the Learning Commons even if you leave for a minute. The instructors and tutors are not responsible for lost or stolen items.