Bard College is committed to providing academic support for all students. The faculty and staff associated with the Learning Commons provide assistance to: 

 

students who need tutoring in subject-specific fields in the many disciplines offered at Bard. Services provided include classes, workshops, and assistance in developing new learning strategies, tutorials, and other academic advice that may be appropriate to the student’s individual needs.

 

students who possess basic academic skills but who experience difficulties with the  demands of college level work, including such issues as time management, study skills, and the writing of research papers;

 

TUTORING

Individual tutoring in writing and in other subjects can be arranged by contacting the Learning Commons, located in the basement of Stone Row, or by calling 758-7812, or by filling out the appointment form at http://inside.bard.edu/learningcommons/findtutor/. The Learning Commons is open Monday-Friday, 9-5, 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 BARC website at: http://inside.bard.edu/learningcommons/. 

 
 THE MATH PLACEMENT DIAGNOSTIC TEST

All students at Bard College must take and pass a mathematics or computing course before graduation. If you haven’t taken a math course at Bard yet, please take our Online Math Placement Diagnostic Test.  Go to http://math.bard.edu/placement/   for instructions, or contact Maria Belk at mbelk@bard.edu.

 
SERVICES FOR DISABLED STUDENTS
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, Bard College is committed to providing equal access to the College’s academic courses, programs, and activities for all students. Students with physical or psychological disabilities should register with the Disability Support Coordinator in order to receive necessary accommodations. Forms are available at: http://www.bard.edu/admission/forms/pdfs/disability.pdf.
 

 

LEARNING COMMONS COURSES

Courses listed below do not satisfy area or distribution credit.

 

11837

BLC 150 Algebra Workshop

Maria Belk

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7:00 – 9:00 pm

RKC 115

 

(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 meets for the first ten weeks of the semester, and it will be graded Pass/Fail. No distributional credit is earned. Class Size: 18

 

11838

BLC 190 Algebra, Trigonometry

and Functions

Maria Belk

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7:00 – 9:00 pm

RKC 115

 

(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 meets for the first ten weeks of the semester, and will be graded Pass/Fail. No distributional credit is earned. Class size: 18

 

11886

BLC 107  Intensive ESL

Denise Minin

M . W Th .

. T . . .

10:00am – 12:30pm

10:00am – 12:30pm

HDR 106

HDR 101A

 

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

 

11801

BLC 110  Grammar for Writers

Denise Minin

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8:30 am-9:50 am

HDR 101A

 

This class examines issues of grammar, usage, and style, with an emphasis on the difficulties encountered by non-native speakers of English. Special attention will be given to the problems created by language transfer issues and to the specific expectations of writing in different disciplines. Through frequent writing and rewriting, we will study of rules and habits that lead to clear and concise academic writing. At least 25 pages of revised writing will be expected. Class size: 14

 

11311

BLC 205   Essay and Revision

David Gruber

. . W . F

1:30 pm -2:50 pm

HDR 106

 

(4 credits)  In this course, we will sharpen our skills at writing and revising thesis-driven academic essays. The class will focus on breaking down the writing process into its constituent steps, considering what qualities make each part of the essay effective, and anticipating the experience of a reader in order to produce persuasive arguments. Along the way, we’ll consider ways to frame and analyze textual evidence, revision and editing, critical close reading, and other skills necessary to write effectively.Class Size: 14

 

11799

BLC 212   Grammar, Rhetoric & Style

James Keller

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11:50 am -1:10 pm

HEG 102

 

This course explores the strategies and tools available to writers seeking to capture complex ideas in clear and concise prose. As we write and revise essays, we will consider how we, as writers, can control the reader’s experience of the text by writing sentences that are not only correct but also powerful and precise. As we expand our range of rhetorical devices, we’ll consider such questions as, “How does grammar relate to content?” “At what point in the writing process should I worry about grammar?” “When is it okay to break the rules?” Through careful attention to our own work, we will gain greater control over our writing from the sentence up—from basic grammar to more complex sentence structures and rhetorical moves—to write more forceful, assertive prose. A total of 25 pages of revised prose will be expected.

 

11800

BLC 305  Writing and Research

Jane Smith

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1:30 pm -2:50 pm

OLIN LC 206

 

This course focuses on the development of a lengthy research paper and is designed for moderated juniors preparing to begin work on their senior project. Emphasis will be given to the early work of articulating a significant research question and to working with primary and secondary sources to develop a sustained argument in response to it. Students will be introduced to research methodologies and annotated bibliographies, and each student will explore the specific rhetorical strategies, styles, and formats of his or her own discipline. At least 25 pages of research will be required.