Below are some short explanations of LSC offerings. Included in italics are brief descriptions that are written directly to students. Please feel free to cut and paste the information below into your own communications with students.
- If you are looking for the 11×17 poster of LSC offerings, you can download it here.
- You can also download the LSC Resources and Study Skills Packet.
Find Study Partners and Groups
For instructors: If you are an instructor, you can share the message below with your class. It is important to remind students of your expectations regarding group work and academic integrity.
Study partners can help you learn! Studying with peers is a great way to connect with other students and is a powerful tool for learning challenging material in this course. Cornell’s Learning Strategies Center (LSC) can help match you with study partners. To find out more about study groups and partners and to sign-up, visit the LSC’s Studying Together webpage
A PowerPoint slide for sharing this information in class is available here:
Study partners slide to share – widescreen
Study partners slide-to-share – (4:3 ratio)
Learning from Academic Materials (including digital materials!)
Learning effectively from academic materials, including books and papers, means that you need efficient reading and note-taking strategies. If you are using digital materials, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the highlighting, annotating, book-marking, and other tools that are often part of the digital resources. The Learning Strategies Center has developed a guide to help you learn from digital materials.
Managing Your Time
Managing your time well is key to success in college and also in life! Students like you tell us that using a semester calendar and weekly calendar helps them make (and keep) semester-long goals, stop wasting time by finding hidden time, and be more prepared and organized. Learn more about effective time management here.
Strategies to Engage with Classes
Effectively (and actively) engaging with classes is critical to your success as a student. This starts with understanding your professor’s expectations for class. You need to develop strategies to make the best use of class time and to study. Read more from the LSC about “how to student” here.
Preparing for Prelims
It’s exam (prelim) time! Have you planned out your crunch weeks with a semester calendar? What are some strategies that Cornell students have found to be effective as they study for and take exams? The Learning Strategies Center (LSC) has resources to help you: identify effective (and ineffective) study strategies, develop a study plan to prepare for exams, consider strategies for taking different types of exams (online, open book, in-person), and identify strategies for tackling different types of exam questions (multiple choice, quantitative, and essay). For complete access to all resources or take a look at our website.
Learning from Graded Work
Whether the score you earned makes you want to jump for joy or curl up into a ball, learning from your graded work is an incredibly valuable opportunity. Do not, repeat DO NOT, immediately toss or file away the test or essay you just got back! Here’s what to do instead.
Successful Students Ask for Help!
At the LSC, you will often hear us say, “Successful students ask for help when they need it!”. This advice actually comes from our student tutors. So, you might be wondering, where DO I get help if when I need it? Click here to get started on finding help with your courses.
Self-Enroll Canvas Modules to Start the Semester Strong
Canvas Study Skills Modules to Start the Semester Strong: The Learning Strategies Center (LSC) has Canvas modules on “Gearing up for Academic Success”, “Managing Space and Time”, “Taking Effective Notes”, and “Preparing for and Taking Exams”. Each of the modules contains useful tips and information that will help you in your courses this fall and beyond. To self-enroll in the Canvas site, click here or cut and paste this link: https://canvas.cornell.edu/enroll/NC3TFB
LSC Supplemental Courses
The Learning Strategies Center (LSC) offers supplemental courses to support students in CHEM 2070, CHEM 3570, ECON 1110 and 1120, MATH 1106, 1110, 1120, and 2210, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, and PHYS 1112 and 2213. Learn more about participating or enrolling in supplemental courses here.
The Learning Strategies Center (LSC) provides FREE tutoring to ALL Cornell undergraduate students in: BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 2800, CHEM 1560, CHEM 2070, CHEM 3570, ECON 1110, ECON 1120, MATH 1106, MATH 1110, MATH 1120, MATH 2210, PHYS 1112, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2213, PHYS 2214, introductory statistics courses, introductory finance and accounting courses, and some introductory language courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish. A full list of courses and instructions on how to access tutoring are on the LSC tutoring schedule webpage.
Guide for Students who Need to Miss Class
Illness is one of the many reasons students might need to miss class. Making plans ahead of time for how they will manage missing class can help foster the agency students need to get caught up on what they miss. The Learning Strategies Center has developed a guide to help students “make a proactive plan for if they need to miss class” that you can share with your classes.
There are many reasons you might need to miss class this semester. Making plans ahead of time for how you will manage missing class can help you keep up while you are out. The Learning Strategies Center has developed a guide to help you “make a proactive plan for if you need to miss class”.
Neurodiversity @ Cornell: Resources and support for faculty and staff
This Canvas site is specifically for faculty and staff who want to learn more about effective ways to support students. This “course” is a virtual hub with information about neurodiversity, different resources both on-campus and elsewhere (e.g., conferences, study abroad), and information about relevant events. Staff and Faculty can self-enroll in the Canvas page.