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EMS: Learning Commons Resources

This guide is to help students in the paramedic program.

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Writing assistance

Picture of people working together over a piece of written work.There are various writing assistance options available through PA College.

  • Writing Assistance (in Starfish): Schedule an appointment for assistance in Starfish.  You can select an available time that works into your schedule to meet with someone from our writing assistance team.
  • Drop-in tutoring: Check out this Academic Support calendar for drop-in tutoring sessions, which includes writing assistance.
  • Grammarly: Grammarly automatically detects grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes in your writing.  The Learning Commons provides access to the premium version of Grammarly, which you can find more information on here.​
  • Smarthinking (in Blackboard): This is an online tutoring service that provides on-demand tutoring in math, biology, A&P and more.  There is also an option where you can submit your writing to get feedback.  In Blackboard, look for the Smarthinking box under your list of courses.  See below for common questions of which option in Smarthinking to select.
    • APA help: Work with a Tutor or Career Coach -> Writing -> APA Formatting
    • Questions needing a nursing or health sciences content specialist: Submit My Writing -> Nursing Essays or Allied Health Essays (depends on subject area)
    • Help with grammar, mechanics, and formatting: Submit My Writing-> Grammar and Documentation Review
  • ESL support: You can schedule an appointment for ESL support in Starfish.   In Starfish, look for Academic ESL Support on the My Success Network page to pick a day and time for your appointment.

APA help

Need help with APA formatting, references, and citations?  Check out the library's APA guide: http://pacollege.libguides.com/APA  You can also schedule an appointment with a librarian in Starfish.

Recording room

Video cameraWant to create a video of yourself, check out the recording room in the back of the Learning Commons.  Bring a flashdrive, insert it into the computer, push the button to start, and push the button to stop.  If you want someone to walk you through the process, schedule an appointment with Academic Technology through Starfish (see instructions below).

Scheduling an appointment in Starfish

Starfish provides students with the opportunity to schedule appointments with different campus services and peer tutors.  This includes Academic Technology, Learner support, and Library appointments.

  • Finding Starfish: From MyPortal or Blackboard, click on Starfish and login with your PA College credentials.
  • Scheduling an appointment: Some campus resources might provide the opportunity to self-schedule appointments online.  Click on the menu option on the trop left-hand side (the three lines).  From the drop-down menu, select My Success Network (Number 1 and blue circle below) to see the individuals and services in your success network.   If you see a schedule appointment option (Example marked with number 2 and green circle below), you can click that to self-schedule an appointment.
  • Peer tutoring: If you are interested in finding a peer tutor, click on Courses (Letter A and purple circle below).  If there is a peer tutor available for your course, you will see that information in the same box as the course.  Please note that faculty drop-in tutoring can be found at MyPortal -> Academic Success -> Learning Commons -> Academic Support Calendar

 

If you go to the menu on Starfish, you can choose either My Success Network or courses to see scheduling options.

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717-947-6215

Staff Availability

Greenfield (Learning Commons at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences):
Monday–Friday: 5:30 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Space only staffed Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. with other hours available by appointment

 

410 North Lime Street:

Beginning January 21 - Tuesdays 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM and by appointment 

 

Please check Library News​ for any changes to hours including during semester breaks

Contacting Us

Locations:

  • Greenfield at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences' Learning Commons

  • Beginning January 21 - 410 North Lime Street

Email: Library@PACollege.edu   

Telephone: 717-947-6022

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