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Learning Skills

Paramedic Method for Better Writing

Writing for clarity
  1. Circle the prepositions.
  2. Circle the "to be" forms.
  3. Ask "Who is kicking whom?"
  4. Put this action (the "kicking") in a simple active verb.
  5. Start fast-no mindless introductions.
  6. Omit needless words.
  7. Don't use lots of adverbs and adjectives. Use nouns and verbs.

from Richard Lanham,  "Paramedic Method"

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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.

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Located in Life Sciences, LS 201
Monday - Thursday
For hours, please look under Faculty & Staff for the schedules of specific staff members

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


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911