The study of History at the college level involves more than just memorizing
names and dates. Your history classes at CSCC emphasize critical thinking, analytical
writing, and synthesizing vast amounts of information. If you are struggling with
these aspects of History, Humanities Tutoring Services can help you!
Beginning Summer Session 2011, the Humanities Department will offer regular tutoring sessions for the history class sequences, including Humanities 111, 112, and 113 (Western Civilization), and Humanities 151 and 152 (American Civilization). The Tutoring Services will offer open office hours each week in the Humanities Department, located in 408 Nestor Hall. These tutoring sessions will be full-time faculty members who are here to help you improve your performance in class. Walk-ins are encouraged and welcome!
Tutoring services can assist students with the following:
- General study skills needed for History courses
- Note-taking techniques
- Test preparation for History exams
- Writing assignments for History courses
- Basic research skills
- Citing historical sources properly
The departmental Tutoring Services is not a replacement for class lecture, and you will not be given "the answers." We will, however, help you think critically about what you are learning in your lectures and reading.
The Tutoring services faculty will also offer public workshops throughout the quarter in an effort to help students with some of the broad challenges of studying history, such as:
- Improving your note-taking and study skills:
- Taking useful notes while still paying attention to lecture.
- Determining what is important about power point slides.
- Taking useful notes from your textbook and other sources.
- Primary and secondary sources:
- Distinguishing between a primary and secondary source.
- How to make sense of a really old document written in weird and complicated language.
- Writing an analytical essay based on primary sources.
- How to read your history textbook in the context of your class work.
- How to properly cite sources in your writing.
- The vocabulary of history:
- What your instructor means when he or she says stuff like: historiography, contextualize, metallurgy, public history, periodization, religiosity, and structuralism.
- The different approaches to the study of history.
- Thinking about how the history you study is created and interpreted (even by you).