The Learning Center is located in room 113 of the Ron E. Lewis Library building, across the foyer from the Lewis Library. Staff at the Learning Center would like to introduce our many services to you.
Appointments are not required. Hours are the same as the Lewis Library. Please bring your LSC-O student ID card (or your Lamar-Pt. Arthur, LIT, or Lamar-Beaumont ID) and a copy of your assignment if you need help. We will do our best to answer your questions or help you locate the resources you need.
Individualized tutoring is available in writing, math, reading, computer applications, and other subjects requested by our students. This page provides an overview of our services, plus a number of links to resources students may find helpful.
When you are unable to visit the Learning Center, simply communicate with staff online or by phone:
- Call the Learning Center at 409-882-3373 to ask a question, offer a comment, or inquire about tutoring in a particular subject.
- You may also use this form to submit questions.
- Use this form to provide comments/suggestions to help us improve our services.
- Contact information for individual Learning Center staff members is found here.
- Up-to-date computers and printers, including a color printer, image scanners, and CD burners.
- Internet access, MS Office Suite on all PC's (Corel Word Perfect on a few), plus other software required for various LSC-O courses.
- Friendly, helpful assistance with any of your assignments using computers.
- You may read The Learning Center Manual (PDF format) for more details. Adobe Reader, required to read PDF files, is a free download.
Click the image at the right to explore an interactive map of the Learning Center. Mouse over areas to find information about available services, equipment, and software.
Printable Learning Center Lab Map in PDF format
Tutorials and Other Resources:
General Education Core
- Writing in College - A Short Guide to College Writing -- a writing guide for first an second year college students, from the University of Chicago
- Brief Guides to Writing Papers in the Disciplines and Strategies for Essay Writing -- resources from Harvard College Writing Center
- The Public Speaking Project -- free resources for teaching/learning public speaking, including a virtual textbook
- Public Speaking for College and Career, 7th ed., by Gregory -- companion website for text.
- AmericanRhetoric.com -- features an audio "speech bank" of famous American speeches.
- Resources from CollegeOpenTextbooks.org include English & Composition, Literature, and Languages & Communication.
- College Algebra, 8th ed., by Gustafson & Fisk -- companion website for text
- WeUseMath.org -- a non-profit website describing the importance of mathematics and many rewarding math career opportunities; created by the BYU Mathematics Dept.
- American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) -- a national organization devoted to providing a forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college.
- List of Statistics & Probability resources compiled by CollegeOpenTextbooks.org.
- Life and Physical Sciences
- ChemCollective --online resources for teaching and learning chemistry; a project of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL)
- The Biology Project -- an online interactive resource for learning biology; from the University of Arizona
- OpenStax College Physics resources for students and instructors; includes a free physics textbook to view on the web or download in PDF format. Physics Concept Trailers are available on YouTube.
- PhET -- free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations; from the University of Colorado
- Geology.com -- geology information, articles, and maps.
- An overview of the International System (SI) used in the sciences is available at Dr. Russ Rowlett's webpage How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement. Includes SI Base (Fundamental) Units, SI Derived Units, and Metric Prefixes.
- Metric Units Conversion Tables (PDF) -- available from the International Society for Automation.
- List of Science resources from CollegeOpenTextbooks.org; also includes:
- Language, Philosophy, and Culture
- Spanish -- supplementary exercises & audio to accompany Dos mundos: Comunicación y comunidad, 7th ed., by Terrell, et al.
- LiveMocha.com -- an online community of language learners, interactive activities, 35 languages; free to join.
- Duolingo -- a game-based learning app for a variety of languages; free download.
- Babylon Online Dictionaries -- free language and subject dictionaries.
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -- scholarship on a variety of topics relevant to the human condition; a project of the Metaphysics Research Lab at Stanford University
- Open Culture -- a collection of free cultural and educational media, including texts, video, audio, and online courses.
- List of Philosophy resources compiled by CollegeOpenTextbooks.org.
- Creative Arts
- American History
- The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People, 3rd ed., by Alan Brinkley. See Online Learning Center, student edition for free study aids.
- Open History Textbooks is a collection of history resources listed by CollegeOpenTextbooks.org. Free downloads include U.S. History, US History Since 1877, History in the Making A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877, and Stories of the Underground Railroad. Websites include Outline of U.S. History, About America: Women of Influence, and Sage American History: A Survey of America's Past.
- USHistory.org -- educational resources, including multimedia and free online history textbooks, provided by the Independence Hall Association
- Government/Political Science
- ThisNation.com -- factual, non-partisan information about government and politics in the United States; includes a historical document library and a freely accessible Introductory American Government e-textbook
- WhiteHouse.gov -- official site of the United States White House.
- U.S. National Archives and Records Administration -- search public/historical archives; view online exhibits; access teachers' resources.
- American Government -- a free online textbook from USHistory.org
- Texas Legislature Online
- List of Political Science resources compiled by CollegeOpenTextbooks.org.
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- e-Source for Social and Behavioral Science Research -- a digital anthology that disseminates the key methods for developing and implementing high quality BSS research through interactive learning; from the National Institutes of Health
- American Sociological Association (ASA)
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- List of resources for Psychology and Sociology compiled by CollegeOpenTextbooks.org.
Other Subjects/Fields of Study
- Nursing and Health Professions
- GetBodySmart: Anatomy & Physiology -- an online interactive exploration of the structures and functions of the human body.
- Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, 12th ed., by Tortora & Derrickson -- student companion website.
- Nutrition -- companion sites for various editions of Pearson Education nutrition textbooks by Thompson & Manore.
- ChooseMyPlate.gov -- nutritional information and resources, including the SuperTracker dietary analysis tool.
- Pearson-MyHealthProfessionsKit -- create a free account to access the companion website for Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease: An Interactive Journey for Health Professions, 2nd ed. Click the "Browse by Discipline" drop-down menu and select "Basic Health Science." Click "Register and Log In" for your text to access study materials and interactive resources.
- Pharmacology Math for the Practical Nurse -- free tutorials, including solutions for problem sets, organized as a web-book (from Integrated publishing); access web-book in PDF format.
- Drug Calculations Quiz Page -- free online quizzes and help for metric conversions, tablet dosage calculations, fluid dosage calculations, and IV drop rate calculations from testandcalc.com
- List of Health & Nursing resources compiled by CollegeOpenTextbooks.org.
- Texas Education Agency (TEA) -- information on Texas educator preparation, directory of approved teacher certification programs, list of free certification test prep. materials, including downloadable manuals, interactive practice tests, and videos.
- List of Education resources compiled by CollegeOpenTextbooks.org.
- Study Skills
Free Courses, Course Materials, and Lessons
- OnlineCourses.com -- a directory of open college courses from MIT, Harvard, Princeton and other leading institutions of higher learning. Free content includes videos, audio lectures, notes, and other resources.
- iTunes U -- a free app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod that provides access to an online catalog of free education content from leading institutions.
- MIT Open Courseware (OCW) -- a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content made freely available to the world.
- Educause Library (MOOC) -- information about what Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are and their role in education.
- Class Central -- a free aggregator for finding MOOCs offered via Coursera, Udacity, edX, NovoED, and others. Search by topic of study.
- MOOCs.co -- global directory of MOOC providers and resources in higher education, K-12, professional development, corporate training, and more.
- Khan Academy -- video tutorials & exercises on various subjects; create a free account to track your progress.
- GCFLearnFree.org -- tutorials for enhancing technology, literacy, and basic math skills.
- TED-Ed -- a library of videos and mini-lessons on a variety of educational topics
- OpenStax College -- a nonprofit initiative of Rice University committed to improving student access to quality learning materials, such as free peer-reviewed textbooks written by professional content developers.
College Planning and Success
- College for All Texans -- a project of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
- College Source Online -- database of digital college catalogs.
- Self-assessments of readiness for online learning are available from various institutions:
- 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), an interactive video tutorial.
- The FAFSA in 7 Easy Steps (Video) -- on TED-Ed.
- Basic Online Skills -- a tutorial in four modules from the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium.
- GCFLearnFree.org/computers -- free training in basic computer skills and Microsoft Office programs from Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc.
- Computer Hope -- free help (via forums, chat, & email), tips, dictionary, and links to more technology information.
- Home & Learn Free Computer Tutorials -- beginners' computing, Microsoft Office, web design, Visual Basic, Java, and more.
- Sense-Lang.org -- free skill level test, typing tutorials, and games.
- GoodTyping.com -- 27 guided lessons; use as a guest or create a free account to store progress.
- AlfaTyping.com -- create a free user account to store lesson results or share scores on Facebook.
- LSC-O Career Center -- career planning and placement information.
- MyNextMove.org -- explore careers according to interests and training required.
- Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas
- ResumeTemplates.org -- free resume and cover letter templates, writing tips, and an interview guide.
- GCFLearnFree.org/career -- tutorials on resumes, job searching, interviewing, and more.
- MyJobScout.org -- a free, online learning platform that will teach you the basic Internet skills you need to find a job.
Community & Miscellaneous Resources
- Online Educational Resources for Kids and Teens -- a collection of links shared with students attending LSC-O's Kids-2-College Summer Camp.
- GOALS (Greater Orange Area Literacy Services) basic adult education and free GED classes--see flyer with hours and map (PDF).
- City of Orange Public Library
- The Orange Leader
- The Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts
- The Stark Museum of Art
- Portal to Texas History -- maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries' Digital Projects Unit.
- Worldometers -- real time world statistics on population, government, economics, etc.
- Internet Archive (archive.org) -- free internet library of digital content, including texts, images, video, software, and archived web pages.