Teaching and Learning Center
The Teaching and Learning Center is designed to provide academic support services for students and to help faculty improve their teaching and professional development.
The Teaching and Learning Center is available for registered CalArts
students and current CalArts faculty. Students and faculty may use
available tables in the large or small room for individual or small group study. While the TLC is available by reservation or drop-in, priority is given for scheduled workshops and student tutoring.
- Computer Workstation featuring:
● Scan Text to Audio – This software allows students to scan text and convert into an audio file. Students can then download the file to their laptops or use the TLC computer to listen to the audio file.
● Dragon Dictation – This software can convert speech into text format. Students can speak and watch the computer complete their typing work.
How to Reserve the TLC
Reservations for the group study room may be made at the Library’s front desk.
Drop-In Writing Assistance
Need assistance with editing a paper? Have a question about sentence structure? Come to the drop-in writing assistance session at the TLC in the Library.
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 1:00-10:00pm
- Thursday, Friday: 1:00-7:00pm
Contact the Office of Student Affairs or 661.253.7874.
Need clarification about Critical Studies requirements? Questions about the Residency and Breadth requirements? Contact the Institute Academic Advisor, Mike Fitzgerald.
Peer Academic Advising
Peer Academic Advisors offer academic advising throughout the semester who can help you understand the Critical Studies requirements, general policies and procedures, and provide you with information regarding other campus resources. For more information, contact the Institute Academic Advisor, Mike Fitzgerald.
- Activities for ESL Students
Grammar, vocabulary quizzes, crossword puzzles, podcasts, videos, and bilingual quizzes.
- Writing in North American Higher Education
- ESL Common Errors Workbook
- Online Video Presentations
Check out UNC's video presentations on email writing, proofreading, developing vocabulary, using sources, etc.
- Grammar Tips
Need tips to improve your grammar? Check out this site.
- How-to Guide for Grammar
This site will assist in using correct grammar in your writing. Resources include how to use adjectives and adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, verb tenses, subject-verb agreement, and articles (e.g., a versus an).
- Punctuation Assistance
Need help with punctuation? This site provides help with using commas, quotation marks, hyphens, and sentence punctuation patterns.
- General Writing Resources
This resource site will help you with the types of writing you may encounter in school, common writing assignments, mechanics of sentence organization and style, and the writing process.
- Proofreading Tips
Check out strategies to improve your proofreading.
- How to Write a Research Paper
Ten steps to help you write a better research paper.
Research, Citation, and Plagiarism
- Using Sources
Discover why citing sources is important.
- What is Plagiarism?
- Types of Plagiarism
- How to Avoid Plagiarism
- Organizational Techniques
Need help getting organized? Check out this site for techniques.
- Online To Do Lists – Todoist, Remember the Milk, Toodledo
Check out the online to-do lists that are accessible from any computer with an internet connection. Add projects or items and cross them off as you complete them.
- Take Charge of Your Time
MIT offers an online course (free) that showcases several techniques to help you take charge of your time.
- Overcoming Procrastination
To solve your procrastination problem, you must first learn the ways in which you avoid completing work. This site will take you through the steps of learning how you avoid work and what to do about procrastination.
Discover strategies to stop procrastinating.
- Stress Management
With so many demands placed on you as a student, handling stress is an important aspect to juggling classes, socializing, work, studying, etc. Check out this site for stress management techniques.
- Importance of Sleep
Learn how sleep is connected to concentration and vital to academic success.
- Learning Styles Survey
Take the Learning Styles Survey to identify your learning style. The site also lists learning strategies to help you study that are matched to your unique learning style.
- Note Taking Software
Evernote is downloadable note-taking software that can be used on a PC or Mac.
- Note Taking Methods
This site provides ideas on how to take effective notes.
- Develop Better Concentration While Studying
The site lists the causes of distraction and how to gain control over them.
- Reading Comprehension Skills
Learn techniques before you start reading and to help recall information you have read.
- Basic Study Skills
Need help with your study skills but not sure where to begin? Check out this online workshop to learn about the basics of study skills.
- Study Skills Handouts
Check out the study skills resources to help in getting ready to study, taking in the information, and processing the information studied.
- Study Skill Strategies
Learn strategies for success, note taking, how to read a textbook, view schedule planners, and more.
- College Study Strategies and Tips
The University of Illinois at Chicago provides information on time management, how to study, and taking notes.
- Study Guides and Strategies
- Study Smarter, Not Harder
Discover where and when to study, how to read effectively, and how to take effective notes.
- Studying with ADHD
This site offers suggestions for helping with and overcoming ADHD in class, with homework, and with learning.