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College Skills

Learning effectively is essential for college success. Chemeketa offers face-to-face and online credit courses to help you improve your academic skills. You can also get academic assistance outside of class in a variety of locations around campus.

Helping Improve Your College Skills

Chemeketa's college skills courses help you develop fundamental learning skills in reading, writing, study skills and math.  


Reading courses focus on actively reading, understanding and applying information from a variety of college-level texts. Courses offered include-

  • Effective Reading (RD080) 
  • College Reading (RD085) 
  • College Textbook Reading (RD090) 
  • Academic Thinking & Reading (RD115) 
  • Critical Thinking & Reading (RD120)


Writing courses are designed to improve writing skills needed in academic and workplace environments. Courses offered include-

  • Basic Writing (WR080)
  • Introduction to Technical Writing 1 (WR088)
  • Introduction to Technical Writing 2 (WR089)
  • Fundamentals of Writing (WR090) 
  • Writing Essentials (WR091)

Study Skills

Study skills courses focus on developing effective learning and study strategies for college. These strategies are essential for academic success in any college course. Courses offered include-

  • Studying for College (SSP051) 
  • Effective Learning (SSP112)
  • Applied Time Management (SSP115) 
  • Applied Textbook Reading (SSP116)
  • Applied Note-taking (SSP117) 
  • Applied Test-Taking (SSP118)


Developing strategies for learning and studying math is an important part of the math learning process. Study Strategies for Learning Math (SSP060) will help you lay the foundation for math classes you will take at Chemeketa.

Learning Strategies for Online Classes

Chemeketa instructors are finding more and more ways to integrate online learning into their classroom. Some classes even meet solely online. Learning Strategies for Online Students (SSP125) prepares you to manage the responsibilities and technology for success in online classes.

  • Resources for Academic Assistance
    Tutoring & Study Skills Center

    Enrolled Chemeketa students can access free academic support services, including drop-in tutoring in a variety of subjects, academic success workshops and personalized consulting. You can also use computers, textbooks and calculators in the open study space. Stop by Bldg. 2, Rm. 210 & 212 on the Salem Campus or click here to learn more.

    Writing Center

    Writing Center instructors provide free, one-on-one writing support in person and online for Chemeketa students enrolled in any writing class. You can also access writing resource materials, computer software and printing services. Stop by Bldg. 9, Rm. 200 on the Salem Campus or click here to find out how to make an appointment. 

    Student Computer Labs

    Computer labs are available to you to give you access to technology and assistance in your learning. See here for more information.

    Language Learning Center

    Students enrolled in Chemeketa's English language classes can access multimedia resources to support their language learning process. Visit Bldg 22, Rm 108-109 on the Salem Campus or see here for more information.