Skills Courses

The following skills development courses in mathematics, writing, and reading are offered as part of the academic support services for students. Cost is included in tuition.

Mathematics

LSK 086 - College Math Skills
In this course, you will develop basic math and algebra reasoning skills needed for the next level of math. Special attention is given to solving word problems and algebraic applications. You will also develop specific math study skills. (3 hrs./wk.)

Writing

ENG 101 – Reading, Writing and Reasoning
This three-credit course is designed to prepare students in all aspects of reading, writing and reasoning in preparation for freshman college courses. Students who score a 4 or 5 on the reading portion of the SAI, and a 5 on the writing portion meet the requirements for entry to this course.
LSK 065 – College Writing Skills I
This non-credit course is the most intensive writing course for freshmen. It it taken before ENG 111 to prepare freshmen for the rigors of college writing. Skill areas covered are sentence structure, paragraph development, and basic grammar and punctuation. Freshmen who score 1-4 on the writing sample are mandated to take this course. This class meets three times a week for 50 minutes.
LSK 066 – College Writing Skills II
This course is designed as an intensive writing course for freshmen who are registered for ENG 111. Skills taught consist of thesis development, organization, grammar and punctuation. Freshmen who score a 5 on the writing sample are recommended for this course. This course meets twice a week for 90 minutes.
LSK 067 - College Writing Workshop
This non-credit course is designed to help students improve their academic writing with an emphasis on thesis development, organization, clarity, sentence structure, and mechanics. Freshman who score a 6 on the SAI writing sample are recommended for this course. This class meets once per week for 50 minutes.
LSK 068 - Writing Tutor
LSK 068 is a tutorial for transfer students only. Professional tutors provide support designed to meet the student’s individual needs. Specific areas such as thesis development, sentence structure, and documentation are addressed in 30 minute sessions held once per week. Transfer students who score less than 7 on the SAI writing sample are recommended for this course.
Graduate Writing Tutoring
Professional writing tutors conference with graduate students on papers, theses, and projects in APA format. (30 min. - 1hr. per/wk.)

Reading

LSK 077 - Content Reading
This is a 30-minute tutorial session in reading. The sessions are designed to assist students with reading skills as they apply to their credited courses. Freshmen who earn a total score of 1-3 on the SAI reading test are mandated to take this course.
LSK 078 - Vocabulary Enrichment
This is a weekly 50-minute programmed course of vocabulary development designed to enhance word usage and comprehension of reading material and lectures in college. Students who score 1-3 on the vocabulary portion of the SAI reading test are recommended for this course.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Instruction is provided to help ESL students understand, speak, read, and write English. Individual conferences and/or small group sessions are offered.

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    All incoming students who do not have a bachelor's degree must complete a four-part skills assessment exam.
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