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The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides students with resources and opportunities to achieve academic success as well as those who desire to improve skills, such as reading, writing, note taking, test taking and study strategies—skills necessary for effective university-level learning. The LRC also provides services that support, supplement and enrich the university’s regular academic curriculum.

Writing Center: Writing Center consultants help students with academic, professional and personal writing, such as essays, reports, research papers, business letters, resumes and more. They also work with students to develop effective strategies for time management, critical reading, note taking and test taking. Additionally, consultants assist students who are preparing to take the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination. An appointment is highly recommended: walk-ins are available only when consultants are not booked.

Writing Lab: Undergraduate and graduate student tutors work with students who are enrolled in Approaches to University Writing (AAS, AFRS, CAS, CHS, ENGL, LING and QS 113, 114 or 115), as well as students who are enrolled in University 100—The Freshman Seminar. In addition to assisting students with their writing process, tutors can help students develop effective study strategies and academic reading skills. An appointment is highly recommended: walk-ins are available only when tutors are not booked.

Grammar Lab: Grammar consultants teach students to recognize their own frequent grammar mistakes, and they provide students with practice and feedback for strengthening their written English. Students are taught strategies for effective proofreading and editing, including recognizing and correcting such issues as sentence boundaries, subject/verb agreement, tense shifts and other common errors. Students may bring an assignment that they are currently working on or they can provide a diagnostic writing sample in the lab. The Grammar Lab is available for appointments and walk-ins and is open Monday through Friday. Weekly appointments are encouraged.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) for Approaches to University Writing: UNIV 060, UNIV 061/UNIV 062 is a corequisite course for students who are enrolled in all sections of 113A/B and designated sections of AAS, AFRS, CAS, CHS, ENGL, LING or QS 115. Students receive a maximum of 1 additional unit of non-baccalaureate credit per semester. SI sessions are led by advanced peers who have been successful in writing courses. SI sessions support students as they enrich their critical reading, expository writing and research skills.

Science, Math and Related Topics (SMART) Lab: The SMART Lab offers walk-in individual and small-group tutoring for such subjects as Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Physics, Political Science and Religious Studies, as well as numerous Math courses, including algebra, calculus and statistics. Appointments are also available. The SMART Lab operates Monday through Friday.

Supplemental Instruction (SI): Supplemental Instruction (UNIV 060) is an academic-assistance program designed to help students master difficult course material in historically challenging classes. Led by students who have successfully completed the course, individuals in SI participate in a series of weekly peer-facilitated, small-group study sessions that focus on learning strategies, problem-solving skills and test reviews specific to the corresponding lecture course. Students enroll in UNIV 060 for 1-unit, CR/NC non-baccalaureate credit.


Learning Resource Center
Director: Rashawn Green
Oviatt Library, 3rd Floor, East Wing
(818) 677-2033