Student Support

Study Strategy Classes


Counseling 12H: Career Planning

This course is designed to inform and assist students in making appropriate and satisfying career choices. Using self-evaluation instruments, students identify interests, abilities, values, and goals. Skills necessary for future career investigation and decision-making are included.

Counseling 51: Test-taking/Memory Strategies

You will learn how the brain makes and creates memories and learn powerful memory devices to use in studying.  You will learn strategies for test preparation, controlling test anxiety, creating study tools, and predicting questions.  You will practice strategies for essay tests, multiple choice, true/false, and matching.   

Counseling 52: Textbook/Memory Strategies

This course is designed to teach you strategies for reading textbooks and identifying the main ideas of what you are read. You will better identify what is important, what to highlight, and learn to create study tools to increase understanding and retention of what you 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*

*Suspended until further notice

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: Workshop Schedule

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 email us at and request to make an appointment with a Learning Disabilities Specialist.