The Science Success Center

offers individualized instruction in reading and study skills geared to support students' efforts in various science classes. Instructors meet with students weekly for 30 minutes and discuss different learning strategies and techniques that the students then try in their science courses.

The instructional modules tackled in this program include:

  • Time management and class organization
  • Reading textbooks and notes carefully through annotating and paraphrasing
  • Note-taking methods
  • Reading and understanding graphics in printed and electronic texts
  • Graphic organization of information (e.g. concept mapping)
  • Test-taking strategies studying for tests
  • Test review and analysis

Science Success Center Highlights

Highlights

  • Flexible start dates, but enroll early to get the most benefit
  • ½ unit of transferable credit (Biol 490 or 491)
  • Credit/no credit (no letter grade)
  • Possible instructor incentive (e.g. extra credit, homework points, etc)
  • 6 -8 weekly meetings
  • 30 minute appointments
  • One-on-one attention
  • Focus on method tutoring, not content
  • Adaptable to any science class
  • Flexible appointment times & extended hours
  • Lots of openings if you sign up early
  • Knowledgeable and friendly staff

If you are interested in signing up for the Science Success Center program this semester, complete the following steps:

  1. Click on the "schedule your appointment now" button and fill out the registration form.
  2. Stop by the Science Success Center (Room 491), call us at (916)484-8204, or email at ssc@arc.losrios.edu to schedule an appointment that best fits your schedule.
  3. If you haven't yet enrolled the class (Biol 490 or 491), pick up an add slip from us and enroll at e-Services before your first appointment.

How To Enroll

First-Time students should enroll into BIO 490 Science Skills and Applications I.This course offers individualized instructional modules designed to acquire or improve reading skills in the various science classes and in the nursing program. A partial list of skills may include the following: textbook comprehension, principles of learning and retention, note taking, annotating, discipline-based vocabulary, paraphrasing, reading graphics, test taking, and problem solving. This course is offered in a flexible TBA format of 27 laboratory hours in order to accommodate the student's schedule. Registration is open through the ninth week of the semester. Pass/No Pass only.

Returning students may enroll into BIO 491 Science Skills and Applications II.This course offers individualized instructional modules designed to acquire or improve study strategies for science, nursing, or nutrition courses. Strategies include goal setting, the intensive study cycle, graphic organizers, constructing and interpreting graphs, mastering science vocabulary, self monitoring while reading, coding method of reading, and advanced problem solving. This course is offered in a flexible TBA format of 27 laboratory hours to accommodate the student's schedule. Registration is open through the ninth week of the semester. Pass/No Pass only.

Walk into the SSC. We will set up an appointment for you and give you an add slip to take to the Enrollment Services on campus.

OR

1. Register using button for appointment system.
2. Once registered, call us at 916-484-8204 to set up a recurring appointment. Please note that you will not be able to pick an appointment time by yourself.
3. Come by the Science Success Center to receive an add slip.
4. Take your add slip to Enrollment or E-Services on campus.

Once enrolled, come in for your weekly appointments to the Science Success Center. DO NOT miss your first appointment without notice because you will lose your assigned time slot.

Please note. We strongly recommend that you sign up and start our program as early in the semester as possible in order to increase your chances of success in science courses and also to ensure that you will get the appointment that best fits your schedule. Come by or call us during the first week of school.

Services Offered Include

  • Advocacy and support from staff who are familiar with the CalWORKs policies and requirements
  • Academic and Career counseling with a CalWORKs counselor
  • Work Study opportunities
  • Career preparation assistance 
  • Assistance working with your county worker on related educational costs, such as child care, books, supplie and transportation
  • On-site county representative (by appointment only)
  • Information and referrals to student support service programs, including tutoring.
  • Priority registration (with certain exceptions)

The above are just some of the services offered through CalWORKs Support Services.

To begin receiving CalWORKs Support Services, you will need to attend a ninety minute CalWORKs Intake. The required intake maps out how we can contribute to your education and success at American River College.

Schedule Your Appointment Now

The Science Success Center

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Phone: 916-484-8204
Email: ssc@arc.losrios.edu

Coordinator: Linda Zarzana
Instructional Assistant: Lyudmila Moraru


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Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:am - 5:00 pm
Closed in the Summer


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Office Location:  Science Area, Room 491