Museum Building Room 434 Campus Box 8010 (208)236-3662
The Academic Skills Center offers programs in study skills, reading, writing, mathematics, and English for speakers of other languages, which include individualized instruction, tutoring, and workshops -- all intended to increase the probability of students' academic success. There is no charge for these services. Students may also register for credit and non-credit courses taught by ASC staff.
The Reading and Study Skills Program offers the following credit
courses: Study Skills for success, First Year Seminar, and Efficient
Reading. Students can also learn strategies relevant to their particular courses through individual conferences and workshops. The areas covered include time management, note-taking skills, reading strategies, memory improvement, test-taking strategies, and controlling test anxiety. The Mathematics program offers individualized conferences and drop in tutoring on campus and in Idaho Falls to assist students in handling math anxiety and developing problem-solving skills. A credit course, Study Skills for Math, is also available.
The Writing program provides individualized tutoring to help students with writing assignments for courses in English and across the disciplines. At any stage of the writing process, from generating ideas through successive drafts, tutors assist with organization and development of ideas for particular audiences and purposes, as well as basic sentence skills, punctuation, spelling, grammar and usage. Workshops, tutoring hours in Idaho Falls, and a credit course, Training for Writing Tutors, are also part of the program.
The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program has two units. The first serves undergraduate and graduate students admitted to degree programs at ISU; the second serves special constituencies needing ESOL training.
The ESOL Academic Language Skills Unit provides assessment of communication proficiencies in listening, writing and speaking needed for academic success. It offers individualized tutoring in cooperation with the Writing Lab for students who need help with assignments across the disciplines. There are support services for international teaching assistants, and a wide variety of advanced workshops and courses in idioms, special vocabularies, lecture comprehension, American culture, pronunciation, grammar, rhetorical and argumentation styles, skills for conversation and graded discussion. Guidance in interviewing, writing of application letters, essay exams, and proposals is also available.
The ESOL Intensive Language Unit provides noncredit studies for academic and professional readiness, test preparation and customized training for special groups.