Center for Academic Support

Academic Support Programs contribute to a collaborative approach to learning in the academic community at USC. The staff at the Center for Academic Support (CAS) works to meet individual student needs as they relate to learning enrichment. Services available include: subject tutoring and weekly Learning Enrichment Workshops (LEW) on topics indicated below. Students can also schedule private workshops for small groups. Services are free to all USC students. CAS is located in STU 301, (213) 740-0776. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Learning Enrichment Workshops

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Scattered? Frustrated? Behind in Homework? Take Control . . . of Your Academic Life!

An overview of the foundational skills for becoming a well-organized and master student will be provided. Students will learn goal setting strategies, concentration skills and develop an individualized “plan” for efficient study time. Wednesday, September 10, 3-4 p.m. in Student Union 311.

Notetaking: Are You Getting the Most Out of Each Lecture?

This workshop will cover ways to improve notetaking skills and especially how to “keep up” during fast-paced lectures. The relationship between quality listening and notetaking skills will also be discussed. Wednesday, September 17, 3-4 p.m. in Student Union 311.

Power Reading

Power reading is not speed reading! Power reading is the process of developing an approach to reading assignments with the purpose of gaining a deeper understanding of the material. Emphasis will be placed on “quality” reading needed for tests and comprehension. Wednesday, September 24, 3-4 p.m. in Student Union 311.

Writing Papers

An overall discussion of the writing process for term papers, research papers and essay exams. Other topics include organization of ideas, structure and outlines. Wednesday, October 1, 3-4 p.m. in Student Union 311.

Exam-Taking Strategies

Are you “cramming” before every test? Preparing for exams as a semester-long process will be discussed. Test-taking strategies for objective and essay exams will be covered. Wednesday, October 8, 3-4 p.m. in Student Union 311.

Test-Taking Anxiety

Did you know the material for the test only to miss it on the exam? Creative ways to relieve anxiety will be presented and practiced. Wednesday, October 15, 3-4 p.m. in Student Union 311.

Disability Services and Programs

Disability Services and Programs (DSP) is dedicated to maintaining an environment that ensures all students with documented disabilities at USC equal access to its activities, facilities and educational programs. Accommodations are designed to level the playing field for students with disabilities while maintaining the integrity and standards of each of our academic programs. Contact DSP to discuss individual needs and arrange for appropriate support services and strategies, STU 301, (213) 740-0776, For more information, visit

USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity

The USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity (KCLC) is for students who learn differently and wish to receive academic support. At the KCLC, students can be paired with academic coaches, have access to assistive technology, can study in a quiet environment and receive guidance in their preferred way of learning.

The KCLC is located in Student Union 311 and can be reached at (213) 740-7884, fax (213) 740-7952 or email For more information, visit the Website at