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Welcome to the LACC Learning Skills Department

The Learning Skills Department, in an effort to address the basic skills needs of the students at LA City College and to assist in the successful matriculation of these students through the college’s programs and courses, will provide instructional assistance in individual and group settings in reading, English fundamentals,  vocabulary, writing, study skills, basic mathematics, and elementary algebra by creating direct pathways into the English and Mathematics Departments’ sequence of courses.

The Learning Skills Department offers instructional assistance in individual and group settings.Inexpensive classes and free tutoring are offered to all LSC students who want to strengthen their abilities to think critically and independently, read analytically, write well, reason quantitatively, and study effectively while mastering course materials. Every semester, we offer classes and tutoring for over a hundred courses in our English and Math Labs. Instructors and tutors alike are trained to challenge as well as support students.

The Tutorial unit builds on the premise that critical thinking and intellectual independence are developed through questioning and dialogue. Most of our tutoring takes place in small group settings. This setting fosters discussion and allows students to listen to, grapple with, and articulate new and different perspectives. It enables students to work collaboratively, helping them to see that they can rely on classmates as well as tutors. Composition courses are tutored almost exclusively one-on-one and focus on the individual's own expression and understanding. We think of writing as a process of ongoing revision, teaching students to critically evaluate and edit their own writing.

The Learning Skills Department offers Open Entry / Open Exit classes, and enrolls students late in the semester, every semester.

Mission Statement

The LACC Learning Skills Department, in an effort to address the basic skills needs of the students at City College and to assist in the successful matriculation of these students through the college’s programs and courses, will provide instructional assistance in individual and group settings in reading, English fundamentals, vocabulary, writing, study skills, basic mathematics, and elementary algebra by creating direct pathways into the English and Mathematics Departments’ sequence of courses.

 Contact Us

Learning Skills Department
Located on the second floor of the Life Sciences Building

English: LS 201
Math: LS 205
Testing: LS 206

Math Lab: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2775
Language Arts: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2776

 Advisory for Online Enrollment:

Early Online Enrollment in a Learning Skills Department class only "Reserves" a spot in one of our classes. To complete their enrollment, students must come to the Learning Skills Department, take any necessary diagnostic or placement tests, and receive necessary information about class assignments and textbooks.

 Office Hours

Located in Life Sciences, LS 107
Monday - Friday
Please see hours for specific staff member under Faculty & Staff

 Course Descriptions

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029

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Phone: 323.953.4000

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Emergency: 323.953.2911