CLASS - College Language and Academic Success Strategies

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CLASS is designed for students who understand how important and sometimes difficult it is to make the transition to college.

CLASS gives students an honest look at what college is really like. Students who struggled in high school and students who never had to work for good grades will both benefit from learning effective academic strategies that will help them not only survive college, but also become lifelong learners.

Students in CLASS learn:

  • How to understand unfamiliar academic language used by professors and textbooks
  • How to read and study a textbook—and remember and understand what you read
  • How to take notes in class that will actually help you learn
  • How to study for a test without depriving yourself of sleep
  • How to take a test—and how not to freak out while doing it
  • How to manage your study time to get good grades and still have fun
  • How to navigate the university system and take advantage of services


  • Getting to know professors, administrators and staff
  • Becoming realistically confident of your academic skills
  • Discovering the confidence, motivation and skills to do your best

Course Information:

Students enroll in a 1 unit course (CP 118) and pay the appropriate summer tuition fees. The textbook is included in the tuition fee, and will be mailed to the student before class begins. A letter grade will be recorded on the student's official transcript. Class units will count toward graduation, but as an elective, not as part of the general education or major requirements. The benefit to the student is progress toward graduation.

August 12 - 14, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

August 15, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please contact Melinda Gunning for more information at or 559-453-2247.