Center staff teach courses that help students develop critical thinking and college level learning strategies. Curriculum, teaching methods, and course work for these classes are designed for active learning, where students are consistently required to apply what they are learning in their other college courses. These classes are listed each semester in the Schedule of Classes.
USU 1730: Strategies for Academic Success
A three credit, seven week course that is taught twice each semester. USU 1730 is a dynamic, hands-on course designed to help students develop learning, study, and critical thinking strategies necessary for college success. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.
The Impact of Study Skills Courses on Academic Self-Efficacy in College Students. A master's thesis study conducted during 2009-10 identified that USU 1730 had a significant influence on increasing academic self-efficacy for academically underprepared students.
USU 1750 Comprehension Strategies for College Reading
Center staff do not teach this course, but recommend this course to students who would like to improve their textbook reading skills. This course emphasizes application of strategies and development of critical thinking skills needed to comprehend and distill meaning from college-level texts.
USU 2160: Tutor Certification
Students who are hired as math and stats tutors for the Drop-in Math Tutoring program are required to complete this two credit training and certification course. Successful completion of the course results in CRLA Level II-Advanced Tutor national certification. (CRLA = College Reading and Learning Association).