ADC - Academic Skills Development

Academic Skills Department of CSI

The Academic Skills Program is located in the Academic Development Center on the second floor of the Gerald R. Meyerhoeffer building (above the CSI library). The center houses programs to enhance skills for personal and academic growth.

Academic Skills Department provides preparatory and college classes in the areas of reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, writing, math, and English as a Second Language. Placement in classes is determined by COMPASS assessment. These classes are also available for students who have individual interests or wish to brush up on skills for better college success.

Instructor-Directed Learning Assistance

College Study Methods (STUS 015 or STUS 101) courses are designed to help students develop skills needed for success in academic work. Emphasis is placed on learning organized study techniques, examination skills, note-taking procedures, and comprehension of reading materials.

Peer Tutoring is available for students who are currently enrolled in credit courses and are attending classes regularly. A student in need of academic assistance is matched with another student who has skills and knowledge in that specific discipline. There is no charge to the student for this service.

Math and English Labs are offered by instructors for students wanting help outside the classroom. The time for these labs varies from semester to semester. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the individual help provided in the labs and should check with instructors for times available.

Self-Help Learning Assistance

Self-Help Audio-Video Library is available to students in the Learning Assistance Center, room 202. Students can view taped/DVD explanations and lectures of math, English, spelling and writing, and study skills.

The ADC Computer Lab is overseen daily by computer-competent and program-aware tutors to help and direct students. Computerized learning programs are available in most subject areas.

Classroom Learning

Academic Skills Department Classes provide preparatory and college classes at a variety of levels to ensure student success in each of the following areas.

Reading : to build skills to improve basic understanding of reading passages and to allow students to analyze and evaluate material.

Spelling : to learn and apply spelling principles for college and the workplace.

Vocabulary : to build and expand vocabulary and reinforce reading skills and apply them to specific content areas.

Grammar and Writing : to review grammar and sentence skills and apply them in writing well-organized essays.

Mathematics : to review basic math and algebra to prepare students for college math requirements and for every-day application.

English as a Second Language : to aid students whose primary language is not English with their unique needs in the following areas: listening and speaking, grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing.

College Study Methods : to help students of all ability levels to develop skills needed for success in academic work. Emphasis is placed on organized study techniques, examination skills, note-taking procedures, and comprehension of reading materials.