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Learning Assistance Program

The Learning Assistance Program provides comprehensive academic support for all students in the development of skills necessary for effective performance in and positive adjustment to Oberlin College's learning environment. Individual and group tutorials are available in most subject areas for 100-level and 200-level courses.

Module courses are offered in major study skills including note-taking, effective listening and communications, time management, efficient reading skills, analytical reading, mastering quantitative skills for the social and natural sciences, speaking English as a second language, and reducing test-taking and mathematics anxiety. Staff members will also offer Winter Term projects in their areas of specialization and provide related services through the Learning Resource Center.

Course Offerings

099. Basic Mathematics 0-1 hours
0-1EX
Fundamentals of mathematics, including percents, radicals, and operations with Real numbers, using an individualized approach. This course is designed to be taken concurrently with a natural or social science course where the student has demonstrated a need for remediation of mathematical concepts. Notes: CR/NE grading if registered. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 LRNS-099-01 Tu 2:30 or W 2:30 Ms. Knight MODULE 1
LRNS-099-02 To be arranged Ms. Knight MODULE 2
Sem 2 LRNS-099-01 Tu 2:30 or W 2:30 Ms. Knight MODULE 1
LRNS-099-02 To be arranged Ms. Knight MODULE 2

102. Mastering Skills for Efficient Reading 1 hour
1EX

A module course designed to assist students to learn how to read more efficiently in relationship to the purposes for reading and difficulty-level of the materials. Scanning, skimming, rapid reading, personal reading, analytical reading, and study-type reading represent the six modes of reading flexibility which will be taught. Instruction will be individualized. (1 hour per module.) Notes: CR/NE grading. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 LRNS-102-02 To be arranged Ms. Boomer MODULE 2
Sem 2 LRNS-102-01 Tu or Th 1:30-2:20 Ms. Ballard MODULE 1

LRNS-102-02 To be arranged Ms. Boomer MODULE 2

103. Mastering Skills for Effective Studying 1 hour
1EX
A module course designed to help students acquire skills for efficient ways to learn. A focus on time management, listening skills, note taking, learning styles, and preparation for exams helps students develop critical skills to improve the learning process. Notes: CR/NE grading. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 LRNS-103-01 TuTh 10:00-10:50 Ms. Ballard MODULE 1
LRNS-103-02 TuTh 10:00-10:50 Ms. Ballard MODULE 2
LRNS-103-03 TuTh 1:30-2:20 Ms. Ballard MODULE 1
Sem 2 LRNS-103-01 TuTh 10:00-10:50 Ms. Ballard MODULE 1
LRNS-103-02 TuTh 10:00-10:50 Ms. Ballard MODULE 2

104. Analytical Reading Skills for the Liberal Arts Curriculum 1 hour
1EX

This module course is designed to assist students to negotiate content area readings; it emphasizes evaluative techniques and critical reading skills. Appropriate for both first-year and upper-level students. Notes: CR/NE grading. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.

Sem 1 LRNS-104-01 To be arranged Ms. Boomer MODULE 1
Sem 2 LRNS-104-01 To be arranged Ms. Boomer MODULE 1

105. Mastering Skills for Algebra 1 hour
1EX
Standard approaches to the symbols, rules, and patterns for using the language of algebra in computational problem solving. Linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, polynomials, exponents, functions, and graphs will be emphasized. Appropriate for both first-year and upper-level students who seek to improve their coursework in mathematics or natural sciences by strengthening their skills in algebra. Notes: CR/NE grading. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 LRNS-105-01 TuTh 11:00-11:50 Ms. Knight MODULE 2

106. Mastering Skills for Trigonometry 1 hour
1EX
Standard approaches to trigonometric functions, properties, angles, arcs, graphs, identities, and conditional equations. Recommended for students who seek to improve their coursework in mathematics or natural sciences by strengthening their understanding of trigonometry. Notes: CR/NE grading. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 2 LRNS-106-01 TuTh 11:00-11:50 Ms. Knight MODULE 2

107. Mastering Quantitative Skills for the Natural Sciences 1 hour
1EX
A module course to assist students in acquiring computational skills essential to the mathematics required for future coursework in the natural sciences. Symbols, notation, rules of operations, decision making, problem solving, and modeling will be emphasized. Appropriate for first-year students who wish to improve their use of mathematics. Notes: CR/NE grading. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 1 LRNS-107-01 TuTh 11:00-11:50 Ms. Knight MODULE 1

108. Mastering Quantitative Skills for the Social Sciences 1 hour
1EX

Standard approaches for organizing information and examining relationships within data samples. Linear equations, scatter plots, correlation, basic statistics, hypothesis, probability, and decision making will be emphasized. Appropriate for both first-year and upper-level students who desire an introductory course to statistics. Notes: CR/NE grading. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 2 LRNS-108-01 TuTh 11:00-11:50 Ms. Knight MODULE 1

109. Mastering Communications Skills, I 1 hour
1EX
An examination of effective techniques of communication, both in groups and in peer relationships, including listening skills, self-disclosure, body language, and assertiveness. Additional topics include peer communication/counseling theories, social skills, and public speaking. Notes: CR/NE grading. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 LRNS-109-01 To be arranged Ms. Gates MODULE 2

110. Mastering Skills for Speaking English as a Second Language 1 hour
1EX
A module course designed to develop further the spoken English skills of non-native or bilingual speakers. Fluency in formal and informal conversation, including the use of idiomatic expressions, will be emphasized. Designed for incoming students. Notes: CR/NE grading. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 LRNS-110-01 TuTh 9:00-9:50 Ms. Gates MODULE 1

111. Mastering Skills for Speaking English as a Second Language 1 hour
1EX
A module course designed to build upon skills developed in LRNS 110 or to improve and refine high-intermediate speaking skills of non-native or bilingual speakers. Notes: CR/NE grading. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 LRNS-111-01 TuTh 9:00-9:50 Ms. Gates MODULE 2

112. Mastering Skills for Speaking English as a Second Language 1 hour
1EX
A module course designed for the advanced student of English as a second language to increase fluency, build vocabulary, and practice the use and understanding of idiomatic English. Notes: CR/NE grading. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 12.
Sem 1 LRNS-112-01 TuTh 1:30-2:20 Ms. Gates MODULE 1
LRNS-112-02 To be arranged Ms. Gates MODULE 2  
Sem 2 LRNS-112-01 TuTh 1:30-2:20 Ms. Gates MODULE 1
LRNS-112-02 To be arranged Ms. Gates MODULE 2

114. Mastering Communication Skills, II 1.5 hours
1.5EX
A module course designed to provide practical experience in audience analysis, organization and dissemination of information, evidence gathering, critical listening, and speech delivery. The underlying philosophy of this course is that speech is a primary vehicle for self-presentation and social interchange in which speech skills are central to personal and social effectiveness. This course is designed to build upon skills developed in LRNS 109. Notes: CR/NE grading. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 15.
Sem 2 LRNS-114-01 To be arranged Ms. Gates MODULE 2

115. Mastering Computer Skills for Information Literacy 1 hour
1EX
A module course designed to teach students how to use computers to gather, analyze, and present information relevant to their college course-work. Topics include E-mail, OBIS, word processing, the World Wide Web, and Oberlin Online. Designed for incoming students with little or no prior computer experience. Notes: CR/NE grading. Enrollment Limit: 18.
Sem 1 LRNS-115-01 TuTh 3:00-4:15 Mr. Borroni MODULE 1

995. Private Reading 1-3 hours
1-3EX
Consent of instructor required.

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