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At the beginning of each quarter, students everywhere vow that this will be the quarter they get themselves organized; this time they will complete their reading assignments before going to class, just as every teacher they've ever known has suggested. By about the third week, however, reality dawns on the students, and what remains is frustration and guilt for failing to meet a commitment made to themselves. A more realistic and rewarding approach to the problem is a simple method for class preparation that is quick and easy and provides nearly the same benefits as the arduous reading of voluminous portions of text.

Here's how it works:

DO NOT READ THE TEXT BEFORE LECTURE! Instead, on the night before a class, copy the major headings or chapter titles from the text assignment onto a small card. For sections which are long, place a check or star next to the title.

Take this card to the lecture and keep it visible while taking notes. When the lecturer talks about a topic listed on the card, put a check next to the title. If the lecturer is talking about a topic not on the card, be sure to take complete notes.

When studying the material for the class, use the card as a guide. Topics with a star and a check are covered both in lecture and in the text, and are probably important to know. Topics in your notes, but not listed on the card, will require either reliance on notes alone, or a trip to the library for another reference. Topics listed on the card, but with no check from lecture, are probably supplementary unless the lecturer has indicated otherwise.

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

 Course Descriptions

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


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911