The Learning Commons

The Skyline College Learning Commons brings together the functions of the Library and the Learning Center into a unified, technology enhanced academic support space for students in Building 5.

The Learning Center

The Learning Center (TLC) is a flexible learning environment providing academic support for students in all Skyline College courses through workshops, instructional technology, tutoring, and lab-based courses. The goal of the TLC is to offer students opportunities to learn more quickly and effectively and with greater confidence. Accordingly, the TLC provides alternative means of instruction that address students’ diverse learning preferences and styles. The TLC also offers a comprehensive program of individual and small group support for all levels of English, ESOL, reading and math, and provides tutoring in a variety of academic subject areas. The Learning Center includes the following: Writing/Reading Lab, Math Assistance Lab, ESOL Lab, Computer Lab, TRIO/Student Support Services, online tutoring, and supplemental instruction.

Tutoring and Academic Support Workshops: Free tutoring is available to students in a variety of subjects at the Learning Center. Students must be enrolled in LSKL 803 (0 units) or LSKL 800 (0.5 or 1.0 unit) to receive tutoring. In addition, the Learning Center offers free one-hour instructional workshops for students on a variety of topics each term. All workshops are held in the Learning Center in Building 5.

Supplemental Instruction: Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a voluntary academic assistance program that utilizes peer-led group study to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses. SI sessions are led by Skyline College students who have previously completed the course successfully and have received SI training.

Tutor Training: The first step to becoming a peer tutor in the Learning Center is to register for LSKL 110, Effective Tutoring and Practicum. Students completing LSKL 110 will receive course credit and earn the first step toward a CRLA Level 1 tutor certificate. With your CRLA certificate you will be eligible to work in The Learning Center as a tutor, if positions are available.

For more information about The Learning Center, please call (650) 738-4144 or stop by the Center in Building 5, Room 5100 (below the Library). Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also learn more about the TLC at our website: www.skylinecollege.edu/learningcenter.

Library

Skyline College Library, which occupies the second floor of Building 5, features electronic resources as well as a book collection of 53,000 volumes and subscriptions to over 100 magazines, journals and newspapers. Through a wide area network, students have access to the Internet, the Peninsula Library System (PLS) online catalog, and periodical and research databases, including eBook and streaming video collections, all of which may be accessed off-campus with library card. The Library’s web address is www.skylinecollege.edu/library.

The Library also has six group study rooms, numerous study carrels providing privacy for individual work, and a computer lab for class research workshops.

Borrowing privileges are extended to all students. The Library will issue cards to students with appropriate identification.

Contact information: (650) 738-4312 (reference), (650) 738-4311 (circulation). Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and closed on Sunday

Student Drop-In Computer Lab

The Student Drop-In Computer Lab is located in the Library on the second floor of Building 5. It is open to students and the public: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; and Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Students have access to 46 PCs. The computers come with Microsoft Office 2013, Adobe Creative Suite CC2015, Windows Movie Maker, etc. Students also have access to pay-as-you-go print services through Pinnacle. Black and White printing is available at 12 cents per page after the purchase of a Vend Card. Technology and computer help is available by contacting (650) 738-4392.