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Winter 2022 Workshop Courses

Here at the Learning Strategies Center we truly encourage you to make time over winter break to rest and recharge, which can mean different things for different students. If you feel like your break would be most productively spent in non-academic pursuits then we support you! Sometimes stepping away and taking a real break is exactly what is needed.  And, if you feel that given your STEM background you would benefit from extra preparation before the Spring semester starts, we support you too—read on to learn about our free winter prep workshops.

This winter (January 2022), the LSC is excited to offer three workshop courses. These opportunities are all free and not-for-credit. Similar to other LSC courses, they are taught by experienced instructors and are completely optional. Brief descriptions of the three workshop courses being offered are below. If you are interested in exploring study skills workshops being offered in January ’22, please check back soon as we will be posting that information shortly.

Calculus Prep Workshop Course

  • The Winter Session Calculus Prep Workshop Course is a free, not-for-credit opportunity for students who are taking Math1110 or Math1106 in the spring to work on the fundamental concepts and skills needed for success in those courses. The course will take place virtually, with both synchronous and asynchronous components, from January 3rd – January 21st. Synchronous classes are held M/W/F from noon-1:30 ET with individual or group work sessions on T/H. The course introduces topics in calculus: limits, rates of change, definition of and techniques for finding derivatives, relative and absolute extrema, and reviews fundamental algebra skills such as the development of linear, power, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. This course is for self-motivated students who are taking calculus (Math1106 or Math1110) in the spring and are concerned about how they will do and/or who have struggled with math in high school or at Cornell.
    For more information, including how to share your interest in participating, click here.

Physics Preparation Workshop Course

  • The Winter Session Physics Prep Workshop Course is a free, not-for-credit opportunity for students who will take Phys 1112 this spring to improve proficiency and confidence with fundamental math skills and concepts that are necessary for the course. The course will take place virtually, with both synchronous and asynchronous components, from January 3rd – January 21st. There will be classes on Mon/Wed/Fri from 10:30 – 11:30 am (ET), with additional individual work and opportunities for small group collaboration outside of class summing to a time commitment of 15 hr/wk. This workshop should be considered by self-motivated students who will take Phys 1112 this spring and who are concerned about the intensity or pace of that course, are questioning their level of prior preparation in math and/or physics, or who wish to build confidence after a challenging first semester.
    For more information, including how to share your interest in participating, click here

Chemistry Preparation Workshop Course

  • The Winter Session Chem2080 Prep Workshop Course is a free, not-for-credit opportunity for students who are taking CHEM 2080 in the spring to work on fundamental concepts and skills needed for success in CHEM 2080. The course will take place virtually, with both synchronous and asynchronous components, from January 4th – January 21st. Students will be expected to attend office hours and problem solving 1 time per week.  Asynchronous videos will be assigned, and notes must be turned in via Canvas. Expected workload for students will between 7-10 hours per week. Students must be available at 2 of the following times: Mondays OR Wednesdays from 2 PM – 4 PM (ET) AND Thursdays 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM OR Friday 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM (ET). This course is designed for students who are taking CHEM 2080 in the spring and who have struggled with chemistry or the required underlying algebra skills in Fall 2021. Students are expected to participate in the program for its entirety.
    For more information, including how to share your interest in participating, click here.

Academic Year Course Offerings

HE1115: Critical Reading and Thinking

Description: In this course students will gain greater awareness of how they manage their time and how they manage themselves. Through self-study, time tracking and self-reflection, students will examine their ways of doing things and practice different approaches to time management, improving sleep, managing stress, as well as a number of study skills, including test preparation, reading, note-taking, and writing and problem-solving efficiently and effectively.

Other topics students will work on include: mindfulness, growth mindset, procrastination, attention and neuroplasticity.

Credit: HE1115: Critical Reading and Thinking is a 2-credit course offered every fall and spring semester. Enrollment preference given to: freshmen and sophomores.

Additional information: Contact Flor Ardon, fa227@cornell.edu or Michael Chen, msc7@cornell.edu.

Math 1101: Calculus Preparation

Objective: Math 1101 is a preparatory course for Math 1106 and Math 1110. Classes meet two times per week for 50 minutes. There are no recitations. Structure of class is both lecture and active student participation.

Credit: Math 1101 is a 1-credit course (letter grade only). This course includes both precollege level mathematics and introduces topics from Math 1106 and Math 1110. Individual colleges should determine whether this course can be applied towards their college’s quantitative reasoning requirements.

Description: Calculus Preparation introduces a variety of topics of algebra and trigonometry, which have applications in various disciplines. Emphasis is on the development of linear, power, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. Students will have a better understanding of the behavior of these functions including asymptotic behavior and limits and their application to calculus, because of the strong emphasis on graphing. Calculus topics include limits, continuity, derivatives and extrema. Application of these mathematical ideas will be addressed in problem solving activities.

Download: Math 1101 Sample Syllabus