Learning Commons

While the Tutoring Center has historically been the center of student academic support, we have now added the Learning Commons (West 117 and Everett I. L. Baker Library) as collaborative student study spaces. The West Learning Commons is the hub for Peer Academic Support Services (PASS). PASS includes the national model Supplemental Instruction and Embedded Tutoring. Since Fall 2017, PASS at NCC has reached 1,379 students in 57 classes.

SI and ET Sessions held here in the Learning Commons

Located on the First Floor of West Main Street, W117.

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Norwalk Community College’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Embedded Tutoring (ET) program is a FREE, course-specific, peer-facilitated group study session that was developed to improve retention and academic success within historically challenging courses. SI and ET sessions are held multiple times per week throughout the semester by an SI Leader or Embedded Tutor.

Leaders/Tutors are successful students who have already mastered the course material and they are assigned to a specific section of the course where they are present in class lectures with students. SI sessions are designed to be a fun and interactive way to learn how best to approach course material through group activities, discussions, and games! Embedded Tutoring sessions allow for individual appointments and they set specific workshop times that are available to students on a voluntary basis. All you need to bring are any course materials that will help you be prepared to engage in the session.


  • Research shows that attending one 50-minute group session is equivalent to 2 hours studying on your own.1
  • Learn new and effective ways to study.
  • Build relationships with peers who are in the same field of study.
  • Increase your understanding of course content and earn higher grades — our program’s data shows that students who regularly attend group sessions (on average once per week) earn one-third a letter grade higher compared to those who do not attend (e.g. B to B+).

To learn more about SI, please watch this video.

[1] Johnson, D. W. (1991). Cooperative Learning: Increasing College Faculty Instructional Productivity. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 4, 1991. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1183


Pamela George, SI and Learning Commons Coordinator
Title V – Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions