To make an appointment for tutoring, please visit the Academic Success Center, located in LRC 219
To inquire about any of our resources or to request an appointment, please call 818-364-7600 ext. 7147
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ASC Mission: The mission of the Academic Success Center stems from the idea that we don’t just learn to write, but that we write to learn. We encourage students to embrace the importance of critical thinking as a means of becoming successful in academia and beyond. Our goal is to help students across the curriculum become confident and competent readers, researchers, and writers through the understanding of the core elements necessary to think critically. This practice will assist and help prepare students to transfer to four-year universities with a strong understanding of the skills they need to succeed academically.
The ASC is open Monday through Thursday 10:30 AM – 7 PM.
• Tutoring by Appointment: Students receive one-on-one tutoring during 45-minute sessions
• Workshops: Workshops are offered throughout the semester for various areas in writing, such as grammar, format, research, resume tips, and critical thinking
• Online Tutorials: To provide access to ASC services remotely, video tutorials are available for students to view at their own convenience
• Reading Plus Software: This service offers students a chance to improve their reading comprehension skills, speed, and to quickly build reading independence. Since this software is web-based, students can access it at their own convenience, increasing the level of accessibility the ASC promotes
ASC Resources: Tutor created worksheets, information sheets, and practice handouts are available for student use. MLA and APA format binders, grammar and writing textbooks, and reference books are also available for students and staff.
ASC Technology: The ASC is equipped with over 10 virtual computers (server based monitors), 4 laptops, 1 iPad, and a printer for student use. The ASC Facebook page is also available for online discussions and current issues regarding studies.
ASC Staff: Tutors at the ASC are exemplary students at the undergraduate or graduate level, and who have successfully completed the courses they tutor. The hiring process involves a detailed grammar and writing assessment, oral interview, and mock tutoring session to ensure the most qualified candidates proceed. Once a tutor is hired, he/she goes through a scrupulous tutor training program, and continuous training is mandatory.
Andzhela Keshishyan, the ASC Activity Coordinator, is also an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of English throughout LACCD, and a Lecturer at California State University, Northridge. Andzhela received her M.A. in Literature from CSUN. Her research focuses on contemporary Armenian-American Literature and its effects on the Diaspora’s sense of cultural identity.
Andzhela started as the Assistant Activity Coordinator at the ASC in June 2011, and now she coordinates the center, overseeing tutoring sessions, developing new programs, and working closely with faculty to create learning materials that best meet student needs.
|I started working at Mission College in the fall of 2011 as a Critical Thinking Workout Presenter and Special Projects tutor. Two years later, I have become the Assistant Activity Coordinator and am happy to help the students at Mission College with any of their writing needs. Currently, I teach English Composition at Cal State University, Northridge and am also a Writing Consultant there. Though teaching is very rewarding, one-on-one tutoring with students is something I really value. I will complete my master’s degree this spring in Literature at CSUN. I hope to share what I have learned tutoring the wonderful students of Mission College when I teach abroad.|
|My name is Angie and I currently attend CSUN. I’m working towards my BA in English (emphasis creative writing) with a minor in Art. I’m passionate about reading and self-expression through writing and art. I want to help encourage others find their appreciation for writing and the arts. Luckily, working at the ASC enables me to help students with their writing. Last semester I was a volunteer at the ASC. This semester I was hired on as a tutor, but through volunteering here, I have discovered just how much you can get through to an individual through tutoring. I look forward to meeting and working with anyone who would like help, so please stop by!|
|My name is Clauzette. I’m currently enrolled at CSU Northridge where I am working on my fourth year of study as an English major. I am one of the writing lab’s front desk staff. I have been working at Mission College for three semesters and I enjoy interacting with the various students that come through our facility on a day-to-day basis. Always feel free to ask me questions about the center and even for assistance with the computers. There’s never a task too big or a question too small. I’m here for your needs.|
|Cody Deitz is a Master's Candidate in the English department at California State University, Northridge, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. His poems have been published in various literary journals including Chaparral and the Northridge Review. He worked this past year as an assistant editor to the CSUN publication Wings. He spends his free time reading and enjoying the outdoors. Though this is Cody’s first working at Los Angeles Mission College’s Academic Success Center, he has previously help students at CSUN as a Writing Tutor.|
|My name is Daniel. I am a graduate student in the English Department at CSUN and working towards becoming an educator. I began tutoring during my undergraduate study and from that time on I have been involved in the educational field. Currently, I am teaching a composition course as well as working as a Supplemental Instructor at CSUN. In addition to working at the Academic Success Center, I also work as a Basic Skills tutor here at Mission. I truly enjoy working in the educational field and all the rewarding experiences it offers.|
|Hello Mission College students and staff my name is Diane Sagredo-Zelaya and I am currently a part time student here at Los Angeles Mission College. I am a Sociology major studying to become a Medical Social Worker for children. I have always enjoyed working with young adults and children. I have been of service to my community since I was sixteen years old and I have continued to explore more opportunities within this field. I have volunteered to work with ESL students at Fair and Roscoe Elementary School. Although I have faced some hardships in my life that have limited my ability to fulfill some of my educational goals, I have striven to keep a good attitude, solid determination, and the willingness to help others during my years of preparation for university. I have received the Deans Honor Award here at Mission Community College and Pierce Community College for my recognized academic excellence. I am grateful for the Writing Lab and Math Lab offered here at Mission College. The tutors here really want to see Mission College students succeed and are more than willing to assist them with any type supplemental help. I am more than proud to be of service here at the ASC Writing Lab as a front desk secretary. I hope that all of you have the same fulfilling experience I received here at Los Angeles Mission College.|
|Gina is a first year graduate student majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She also has the great pleasure of being a Supplemental Instructor where she mentors first-year undergraduates much in the same way the show “Scare Tactics” keeps children out of prison: by using the invaluable mistakes she has made all throughout her undergraduate career as warnings. She tutors at the Learning Resource Center at CSUN, as well. She looks forward to all the new learning mistakes she will make in the next year and hopes to help you with yours.|
|My name is Luigi and I currently attend Mission college. I have an AS in philosophy. I’m passionate about philosophical topics such as logic and ethics. I want to help encourage others to find their appreciation for philosophy. Luckily, working at the ASC enables me to help students with their philosophical questions. This semester I was hired on as a tutor, but through volunteering here, I have discovered just how much you can get through to an individual through tutoring. I look forward to meeting and working with anyone. Philosophy is fun but not easy, so anyone who needs help, please stop by!|
|My name is Mary, and I’m a third-year graduate student in the English master’s program at California State University, Northridge. I have past tutoring experience at UC Riverside as well as with elementary-school aged children. For the past three years, I have worked as a Supplemental Instructor with a few different Freshmen English Composition classes at CSUN. I have also tutored here at LA Mission for three years, in addition to tutoring at CSUN last year. Currently, I am continuing my work as a SI Leader as well as teaching my very own composition class. I love working with students, and I look forward to helping anyone who comes in!|
Sean Pessin, lifelong Californian, is a recent graduate of California State University, Northridge, where he received an M.A. in English in May 2013. While he was a graduate student, he worked at CSUN’s writing lab, helping freshman organize their ideas, revise their work, and improve their writing skills. Now Sean is an adjunct lecturer there, teaching composition to incoming freshmen. He is currently working on an M.F.A. at Otis College of Art and Design. Part of the program allows him to work at Otis Books/Seismicity, the publishing arm of the writing program. In addition, he is a co-founder and co-editor of Hideous Progeny, a literary journal.
Recently, his short stories and poems were accepted into The New Short Fiction Series, The Sigma Tau Rectangle, and Used Gravitrons. One day he hopes to continue to be a writer and educator.
- Critical Thinking WORKOUT 1: Introduction with Analysis and Interpretation
- Critical Thinking WORKOUT 2: Argumentation
- Critical Thinking WORKOUT 3: Presupposing
- Critical Thinking WORKOUT 4: Assumptions
- Critical Thinking WORKOUT 5: Implications
- Critical Thinking WORKOUT 6: Interpretations
- Critical Thinking WORKOUT 7: Values
- Critical Thinking WORKOUT 8: Perspective
- Critical Thinking WORKOUT 9: Logic
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