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Everyone can use strategies for more effective note and test taking, and who wouldn't like to improve their reading speed and comprehension? Basic computer skills, study skills, and reading improvement classes, taught by Student Support services instructors are offered every semester. Course credit is optional. (Look under Education in the NDSU Registration Schedule) Small class sizes allow the instructor to focus attention on teaching you.

SSS students can take our courses at no cost to them. However, if a participant wishes to take any of our classes for credit, you will need to officially register and pay the NDSU tuition and other fees for one-credit. All of our courses are graded on an A-F scale.

EDUC 123: Study Skills

The Study Skills course as taught by SSS meets weekly with hours arranged. Students may take the course for credit or not for credit; however, all students signing up for the course need permission of the instructor and are expected fully to participate in all in-class-activities and out-of-class work assignments. This course focuses primarily on the needs and interests of SSS enrollees and includes the following topics:

  • Goal setting
  • Time management
  • Memory and learning
  • Taking lecture notes
  • Improving concentration
  • Reading your textbook
  • Organizing text information
  • Preparing and taking exams, essay and objective

The course makes use of the textbook, Orientation to College Learning, 6th edition, by Dianna L. Van Blerkom and is provided by Student Support Services.

EDUC 121: Reading Improvement

The Reading Improvement course as taught by SSS meets weekly with hours arranged. Students may take the course for credit or not for credit; however, all students signing up for the course need permission of the instructor and are expected fully to participate in all in-class-activities and out-of-class work assignments. This course focuses primarily on the needs and interests of SSS enrollees and includes the following topics as listed in the textbook:

  • Determine the Meaning of an Unfamiliar word through context
  • Analyze word structure
  • Determine the topic of a paragraph
  • Identify the main idea sentence and supporting details of a paragraph
  • Formulate the implied main idea sentence of a paragraph
  • Recognize author’s writing patterns
  • Apply all the basic skills to paragraphs
  • Distinguish facts from opinions
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions
  • Determine an author’s purposes, tone, point of view, and intended audience
  • Evaluate an author’s argument
  • Apply all the advanced skills to single-and multiple-paragraph selections
  • Interpret graphic aids
  • Organize information for study

This course makes use of the textbook, Exercise Your College Reading Skills: Developing More Powerful Comprehension, 2nd Edition, by Janet Elder.

EDUC 291: Math Study Strategies

Math Study Strategies (EDUC 291) is a one-credit class which is offered each session as a joint effort of Student Support Services and the College of Education. The basic skills needed to do well in university math classes are taught in a concise, easy to follow format that is designed to make you a better student. EDUC 291 offers you the opportunity to become the math student that you always wanted to be.

Topics included in the class

How Learning Math is Different & Why It Pays Off
Assessing & Using Math-Learning Strengths
Reduce Math AnxietyReduce Math Test AnxietyCreate a Positive Study Environment
Manage Your TimeUnderstanding & Improving the Memory Process
How to Improve Listening Skills
Math Note-Taking Skills
Improving Your Reading Techniques
Homework Skills
Improve Your Math Test-Taking Skills
Take Control & Motivate Yourself to Learn Math

 

This course makes use of the textbook, Winning At Math, 5th Edition, by Paul Nolting

 

 

 


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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:44:00 PM