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The Science Success Center

offers individualized instruction in reading and study skills geared to support students' efforts in various science classes. Instructors meet with students weekly for 30 minutes and discuss different learning strategies and techniques that the students then try in their science courses.

The instructional modules tackled in this program include:

  • Time management and class organization
  • Reading textbooks and notes carefully through annotating and paraphrasing
  • Note-taking methods
  • Reading and understanding graphics in printed and electronic texts
  • Graphic organization of information (e.g. concept mapping)
  • Test-taking strategies studying for tests
  • Test review and analysis

Science Success Center Highlights


  • Flexible start dates, but enroll early to get the most benefit
  • ½ unit of credit (General Science 90 or General Science 91)
  • Credit/no credit (no letter grade)
  • Possible instructor incentive (e.g. extra credit, homework points, etc)
  • 6 -8 weekly meetings
  • 30-minute appointments
  • One-on-one attention
  • Focus on study skills and time management
  • Adaptable to any science class
  • Flexible appointment times & extended hours
  • Lots of openings if you sign up early
  • Knowledgeable and friendly staff

How To Enroll

To Enroll:

  1. Register using the button (located on the left-hand side) for the appointment system.
  2. Once registered, email us ( to set up a recurring appointment. Please note that you will not be able to pick an appointment time by yourself.

Once enrolled, your tutor will contact you weekly with a ZOOM link for your appointments. DO NOT miss your first appointment without notice because you will lose your assigned time slot.

Please note. We strongly recommend that you sign up and start our program as early in the semester as possible in order to increase your chances of success in science Returning students may enroll into GENSCI 91 Science Skills and Strategies II. This course offers individualized instructional modules designed to acquire or improve study strategies for science, nursing, or nutrition courses. Strategies include goal setting, the intensive study cycle, graphic organizers, constructing and interpreting graphs, mastering science vocabulary, self-monitoring while reading, coding method of reading, and advanced problem solving. This course is offered in a flexible TBA format of 27 laboratory hours to accommodate the student's schedule. Registration is open through the tenth week of the semester. This course is not open to students who have previously passed BIOL 491. Pass/No Pass only.

Schedule Your Appointment Now

Science Success Center

Coordinator:  Linda Zarzana
Instructional Assistant:  Lyudmila Moraru
Phone: 916-484-8204


Monday - Thursday: 
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:am - 5:00 pm
Closed in the Summer


Office Location:  Science Area, Room 491