TLC Courses

Speckman Tutoring and Learning Center Courses (TLC)

Course Information Cr Hrs
TLC-021 Critical Thinking

This course will assist students in developing critical thinking skills.  Students will learn to make logical decisions through thoughtful text analysis, self-examination, and problem-solving strategies.  In-class interactive critical thinking groups will read, answer questions, and collaborate (through discussions of logic and reasoning) in order to arrive at the best possible conclusions.  Other activities include examinations of primary sources (from various dates and a variety of subjects) and how authors' perspectives and language shape documents and how readers' emotions and experiences affect perception of information.  Critical thinking skills will be beneficial in taking tests and can be applied to all subjects encountered by students, as well as improve career and citizenship opportunities.

1-1-0
TLC-022 Study Strategies for CollegeThis course is designed as a brief overview of study strategies that college students need in order to succeed in college course work. Topics covered in this course include time management, organization, note taking, textbook reading, test taking, critical thinking, memory and learning, and health issues that impact learning. Students should report to the Specman Tutorting & Learning Center to develop a course completion plan. 1-0-2
TLC-023 Mathematics Study Strategies

This course will assist students in developing the study skills necessary for success in any mathematics course. Some of the topics include: note taking, reading a math textbook, test taking, and reducing math anxiety. This course is open to any student currently enrolled in any OTC mathematics course.

 Prerequisite: Must be concurrently enrolled in a mathematics course.
1-0-2
TLC-030 Algebra EssentialsThis B-Block course is designed for the student who drops a math course. The student will be assessed on current math knowledge then guided through a self-paced learning of math concepts. This should help the student be more successful the next time that math course is taken. It can also benefit the student who wants to strenghten math skills prior to entering a new math course. It is recommended that the student also take a B-Block TLC 023 class. This course does not replace any required math course. The student should report to ICE 212 to begin. The student may begin prior to the posted start date of B-Block classes. 2-2-0
TLC-038 Beginning Algebra Refresher

This course reviews basic arithmetic and basic algebra skills in an effort to more accurately assess studentsí current math knowledge and prepare them for their initial math class at OTC. This course is designed for students who need a review of math basics; this course is not recommended for students who need in-depth instruction in math.

1-1-0
TLC-041 Basic English Grammar

This course provides students an opportunity to review basic English language skills in preparation for college-level courses and employs a functional approach to grammar. Students learn the basics of punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure, and then apply what they have learned to their writing. Students enrolled in 100-level courses who need to review language skills are encouraged to enroll in this course as well. The class meets one time per week for 50 minutes, and additional outside work will be required. Students should report to the Speckman Tutoring & Learning Center during the first week of their enrollment. Enrollment is open until midterm, but it is suggested that students enroll by the fourth week of the semester.

1-1-0
TLC-048 Academic Refresher in English

This course prepares the student for the COMPASS Writing Skills Placement Test by focusing on test-taking strategies and reviewing basic college-level writing skills. This course is designed for students who need a review of writing basics; this course is not recommended for students who need in-depth instruction in English.

1-1-0
TLC-050 Vocabulary IThis course is for students who want to improve their vocabulary. It is a self -paced, computer-assisted course that emphasizes learning vocabulary through context. Students will take a pretest and be placed in an appropriate level of study. An instructor assists students in a course of study and will assess progress. Students should check Blackboard on or before the first day of class for instructions on preparing a course completion plan. This class has three different levels of vocabulary. Students wishing to continue building their vocabulary after completing TLC-050 should enroll in TLC-055. 1-0-2
TLC-055 Vocabulary II

This is the second course for students who want to improve their vocabulary. It is a self-paced, computerassisted course that emphasizes learning vocabulary through context. Students will take a pretest and be placed in an appropriate level of study. An instructor assists students in a course of study and will assess students' progress. Students should check blackboard for their schedule as soon as they enroll. This course has three levels.

1-0-2
TLC-058 Academic Refresher in Reading

This course prepares the student for the COMPASS Reading Placement Test by focusing on efficient critical reading, critical thinking, text-analysis, and college-level test-taking strategies. TLC 058 is designed for students who need a review; this course is not recommended for students who need in-depth instruction in reading comprehension or test-taking.

1-1-0