Academic Skills

Academic skills courses are designed to develop academic skills for students of every ability. Services are also available on a short-term basis.

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Courses (ACSC)

100 Study Skills. (1)
General study skills to heighten reading/study efficiency. S/U grading only.

104 Efficient Reading. (2)
A diagnostic battery of vocabulary and reading. Study of college vocabulary; reading improvement in speed and comprehension through lectures and exercises. S/U grading only.

106 Math Skills. (4)
The course will be problem-oriented - solving problems dealing with the real world and acquiring the skills needed to solve these problems. Passing the math proficiency test will be incorporated into the course. Topics to be covered are: whole numbers and operations; fractions, decimals, percents, and operations; ratio and proportion and applications; basic algebraic concepts, basic geometric concepts. Permission of Academic Advising Director is required.

111 Preparation for College Math, Level I, Math Proficiency Review. (1)
A review of basic mathematics, including arithmetic skills, beginning algebra, and geometry. Emphasis will be placed on awareness and acquisition of problem-solving techniques. This course is designed for students who need a review to prepare for the math proficiency exam, but is also appropriate for others who would like to brush up on their math in preparation for upcoming classes. S/U grading only.

112 Preparation for College Math, Level II, Algebra Review. (1)
A review of concepts and skills from Algebra I and Algebra II. This course is designed for those students who have attained basic mathematics proficiency, but need a review of algebra topics to prepare for math, science, or other courses in which these skills will be used. Understanding and application. S/U grading only.

113 Preparation for College Math, Level III, Advanced Algebra Review. (1)
A review of topics from Algebra II and Trigonometry. This course is designed for students who would like a structured review to prepare for precalculus or calculus courses. S/U grading only.

125 Cultural/Academic Orientation. (1)
Social and academic life on a United States campus and socio-academic realities of the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University and the surrounding area. Focus on cultural adjustment cycle, and strategies that help students integrate themselves in U.S. campus life. Topics that will also be covered are immigration laws, health services, library services, course  registration and advising, plagiarism, security, sexual violence and harassment issues, racism and xenophobia. S/U grading only. Fall and Spring. Recommended for all entering new and transfer undergraduate international students. Permission of instructor required.

210 Job Acquisition. (0)
An introduction to the employment process. Skill development course focusing on résumé‚ and cover letter writing, interview techniques and job search strategies.