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Classroom Savvy

CSUN students listening to a lecture in a classroom.You've worked long and hard to get this far, but now that college is close at hand, you're starting to wonder how things are going to work out. Will you be able to make the grade? No matter what kind of bumps you encounter, there's someone to help smooth your way.

Advisement Centers

CSUN’s academic advisors can help you choose a major or a minor, a course of study as well as individual classes. Academic advisement is mandatory if you're a first-time freshman. You will not be able to sign up for classes without it. Make an appointment with an advisor as soon as you can after being admitted. Advisement is also strongly recommended for first-time transfer students. Each of CSUN’s colleges has its own advisement center; typically, you'll work with the one in the college of your major.

Colleges

Academic Support Services

The Learning Resource Center, located on the third floor of the Delmar T. Oviatt Library, offers tutoring in individual and group settings, supplemental courses, workshops, test prep sessions and more. You can find help in a variety of subjects such as biology, chemistry, economics, math, physics and writing. The Learning Resource Center also offers peer-facilitated group study sessions designed to help students master a variety of difficult subject matter.

You may also contact your department; some offer their own tutoring programs.

Finding Your Classes

To find the location of a class you’ve registered for, log in to your myNorthridge Portal, select the Academics tab and view your current class schedule. Your schedule will show you both the building name and the room number. You can also go to the Academics Quick Links (also located under the Academics tab) and select the Search for Classes icon. Choose the term, session type and subject or department you need, then select Quick Search. After a list of classes is generated, look for the course you want. Select the green arrow next to the course name, then click the link under the category Loc (Map).

To familiarize yourself with the campus before you register for classes, you may opt for a one-hour tour led by student volunteers known as University Ambassadors. Or check out the self-guided tour book. In lieu of a tour, you can download the official CSUN mobile app at m.csun.edu and utilize its GPS-enabled location services. You can also view and print out a map.

Where to Study

Female CSUN Student Typing on a Laptop outside of Freudian Sip

The Learning Commons, located on the first floor of the Delmar T. Oviatt Library, features whiteboards, collaborative study tables that allow you to connect portable devices to a large-screen monitor as well as traditional private study rooms that you can book online. Although there are multiple stations to charge your personal devices, you may also check out iPads or laptops from the Oviatt's Technology Office.

The Alumni Reading Lounge and other study rooms in the University Student Union (USU) (see the USU map for the location) offer a quiet atmosphere and comfortable seating, making them excellent spots for deep concentration.

The second floor of the Sierra Center overlooks The Marketplace and features iMacs and laptop docking stations. Although not ideal for quiet reading, it has plenty of tables and chairs for lively group discussions.

The outdoor tables at Freudian Sip are also popular with students who don't mind a bit of background noise and want to fuel up with a cup of Joe.

Every finals week, the University Student Union hosts Up All Night, an event that offers free massages, caffeinated beverages, brain food and games to sustain all-night study fests.

Buying Textbooks

You can find out which textbooks and course materials you need for your classes at the Matador Bookstore or on the myNorthridge Portal. Log in to your portal, go to the Academics tab and select the Buy/Rent Textbooks icon in the Academics Quick Links. After you place an order, pick it up in person at the Matador Bookstore or have it shipped to you. You can also print out your class schedule, take it to the bookstore and ask an employee to help you find your textbooks.

To save money, consider buying used books or renting them. For rentals, just remember to return them before the rental period expires at the end of the semester. You are free to highlight and make notations in rented textbooks; however, they must be returned in re-rentable condition.

Downloadable electronic books — known as e-books — are also available. You can save up to 50 percent by purchasing an e-book. Visit the Matador Bookstore online or in person to find out whether there is a downloadable version of the textbook you need. To contact the bookstore, call (818) 677-2932 or email matador@bkstr.com.