The Learning Commons offers Bard students collaborative learning and support through academic workshops, drop-in and subject tutoring, study rooms, and our Writing Fellows program. We provide credit-bearing courses in writing, public speaking, mathematics, and English for non-native speakers.

Individual tutoring in writing and in other subjects can be arranged by contacting the Learning Commons, located in the basement of Stone Row, by calling 758-7812, or by filling out the appointment form at


The Learning Commons is open Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm, although tutoring sessions may be scheduled with peer-tutors for others days and times as well. Review sessions and individual tutoring for math and sciences, and drop-in hours for math and writing help are also available during the semester. Call 758-7812 for days and times, or visit the Learning Commons' website:



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Courses listed below do not satisfy area or distribution credit.




Intensive ESL

Denise Minin

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10:00am- 12:30pm


HEG 200




(4 credits, two-semester requirement) This course is designed to give incoming international students an overview of the Liberal Arts experience through exploring some of the fields of study Bard has to offer. Through this investigation, students will develop the academic and study skills needed to survive this challenging academic environment. An emphasis on reading and writing will provide opportunities for students to develop vocabulary, improve grammar and strengthen their grasp of the written language.Class size: 14



BLC†† 150

Algebra Workshop

Matthew Goodell

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6:10 pm 8:10 pm

HEG 204


(2 credits) This course provides a review of the algebra used in math, science, and social science courses. It is designed for students who would like to improve their algebra skills while taking or in preparation to take an introductory math, science, economics or statistics course. Topics include linear equations and their graphs, quadratic equations, fractions, rational expressions, and exponents. This course will be graded Pass/Fail. No distributional credit is earned.This course will meet for the first 10 weeks of the semester. Class size: 25




The Art of Public Speaking

David Register

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OLIN 107


(4 credits)This class will introduce students to the art of public speaking. Over the course of the semester, students will: (1) examine the role of culture in informing speaking situations, (2) develop practical skills related to the research, invention, organization, and presentation of speeches, and (3) learn how to analyze and evaluate arguments as they are presented in public speeches, political debates, television interviews, etc. Additionally, the course will explore the use of rhetoric in meeting the needs of ceremonial occasions, the narration of events, and persuasion.  Students will be required, at several points through the course of the semester, to present speeches to the class as a whole.  In addition, students will be responsible for weekly homework assignments and the evaluation of one anotherís presentations.Class size: 16



BLC†† 190

Algebra, Trigonometry, Functions

Matthew Goodell

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6:10 pm -8:10 pm

HEG 204


(2 credits) This course is designed for students who have taken a pre-calculus course in high school or at Bard, but would like more computational practice with algebra, trigonometry, logarithms and exponentials. This course can be taken at the same time as a math, science, or economics course, or in preparation to take such a course in a subsequent semester. This course will be graded Pass/Fail. No distributional credit is earned.This course will meet for the first 10 weeks of the semester.Class size: 25



BLC205 A

Essay and Revision

Dorothy Albertini

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OLIN 305


(4 credits)In this course, we will sharpen our skills at writing and revising academic essays. By breaking down the writing process into its constituent steps, considering what each step needs in order to be useful, and anticipating the experience of a reader, this class allows students to hone their skills at producing successful academic writing. Along the way, weíll consider question framing, using outside sources, revision and editing, and other skills necessary to write effectively.Class size: 12



BLC205 B

Essay and Revision

Jane Smith

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3:10pm- 4:30pm



See above.





James Keller

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OLIN 305


(4 credits)This course is designed for advanced writers who want to deepen their understanding of composition, rhetoric, and grammar. Topics will include composition theory, grammar and its role in the service of meaning and rhetoric, and revision in both theory and practice. We will address questions of composition pedagogy to see how successful models of teaching (and tutoring) writing can inform our understanding of the genre itself, not in theoretical isolation but as a live and critical practice. Students will write and revise essays, provide feedback to fellow writers, and complete an independent project.Class size: 15