Student Support

Study Strategy Classes


Counseling 51: Test-taking/Memory Strategies

This course is designed to teach specific learning strategies in the areas of test taking and memory.  Students will learn to be more successful in taking various types of academic tests by applying specific strategies for studying for tests, retaining and recalling information, answering test questions, and learning from mistakes.

Counseling 52: Textbook/Memory Strategies

Students will learn to improve comprehension of textbooks in various subject areas by reading actively to create a variety of study tools from their texts, and to apply techniques for remembering what has been read.

Counseling 53: Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Development

Provide a foundation for developing decoding, spelling, and vocabulary skills by increasing student awareness and improving skills of basic phonemic processes and how this relates to reading skills, spelling, and vocabulary development as well as establish a morphological approach to vocabulary development.

Counseling 54: Organizational Strategies

The primary emphasis of this course is time management and task analysis. Students learn how to break assignments down and how to schedule these on daily, weekly and monthly calendars. Goal-setting, prioritizing, procrastination, and evaluation of study time and environment are part of this planning process. Career exploration is an additional area of study.

Counseling 56: Written Language Strategies

This class explores the differences between spoken and written language and how technology can improve the writing process.  Essay construction, grammar, and punctuation will be reviewed.         

Counseling 57: Listening, Note Taking, and Memory

This course is designed to improve a student's ability to actively listen, take lecture notes and employ memory strategies. Assistive technology for note taking is also explored.

Counseling 58: Math Strategies

This course teaches students with learning disabilities strategies to improve how they learn mathematics and solve mathematical problems. Math strategy workshops are designed for students in Math 54.

Assessment Course

Before a student can receive these support services, he/she must be evaluated to determine eligibility for the program. Students discover their learning strengths and weaknesses through a series of tasks.  Both academic and thinking skills are assessed during this process. The Learning Disabilities Specialist will interpret testing results and make individual recommendations on how to improve learning and study strategies.

Interested in taking a Study Strategy Class? A schedule of classes offered for the current semester can be found by clicking  LD Program Workshops Spring 2020.

If you are interested in being a part of the Learning Disabilities Program and are currently enrolled into at least one course at Santa Monica College, please fill out our Application and Intake Screening Form and Students Rights and Responsbilities Form. Once both of the forms are completed, email the copies to and request to make an appointment with a Learning Disabilities Specialist.