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Sample Syllabus


TRIO Student Support Services 
Sample Syllabus for LRC 090, 091, 092 and 093

Laura Ayon, Director
Phone: (909) 869-6897
Office: Library, Room 2919B (in the LRC)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  LRC / Reading Advising & Mentoring is a one-unit non-baccalaureate reading course for Reading, Advising, & Mentoring Program (RAMP) participants. The unit earned will count toward your enrollment, which may help you achieve full-time status; however, it will not count toward your degree, nor will the grade affect your GPA. This class is designed as a tutorial program to help you improve your reading skills and assist with your retention and graduation from Cal Poly.


DETERMINING YOUR GRADE: The following criteria will determine your grade for the quarter:



Tutorial Sessions

Required Activities



  • Active Reading Project (see description on Active Reading Journals handout)


  • Financial Aid / Literacy Workshop OR Play, AND Journal (see list on RAMP Events website for a workshop or see a staff member for a play voucher)


  • Professional Spotlight (Fall and Winter term only)


  • Peer Mentoring Session (offered weeks 5-8; your tutor can assist you with registering for a session)


  • Post-test (completed in tutorial session during last week of tutoring)




Same as above without the Active Reading Project



note: RAMP does not offer an incomplete (“I”) grade in this class.

It is your responsibility to attend each of the above MANDATORY activities.

You will lose 1/3 grade for each tutorial session and/or activity not completed.


Tutorial Sessions: In this course, you will be working on an individualized tutorial plan. The number of tutorial sessions that you attend in the reading lab is a large factor in the grade that you will earn. As noted above, you must attend a minimum of 16 sessions. You will attend two tutorial sessions per week (beginning week 2) for the duration of the quarter. During your first session, you will take a reading assessment so that the program advisors and director can evaluate your reading strengths and weaknesses and develop an appropriate plan of study. With one of the program’s tutors, you will use both traditional materials and computer software to enhance your college-level skills in critical thinking, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and reading rate. The advisors will evaluate your progress after each of your tutorial sessions and prepare materials for the following session to reflect changes in your reading and vocabulary.


You will benefit most from the instruction by making a genuine effort to improve your skills. Credit for tutorial sessions is given to students who spend their entire 50-minute session working productively.


Active Reading ProjectThe active reading project entails one of the following two options:


  • Join Book Club and write two journal entries about the novel (Book Club Meeting on RAMP Events Website and Active Reading Journals handout for Book Club available on Blackboard)
  • Read one of the program’s novels and write four journal entries about the novel (see Active Reading Journals handout on Blackboard)


If you wish to earn an A grade, you need to let a program advisor know.

Financial Aid / Literacy Workshop OR On-campus Play AND Journal: You are required to attend a financial aid / literacy workshop or an on-campus play during the quarter and submit a 100-word journal describing the event / workshop and what you gained from attending.


  • Financial Aid / Literacy Workshops (you can register on RAMP Events website; to receive credit, you must sign in and attend the entire meeting):
  • On-campus Play (see a staff member for a voucher):


Professional Spotlight: A professional staff member will share his college experience and career journey with RAMP students to help develop an awareness of the skills that play an integral part in a successful university experience. To receive credit, you must sign in and attend the entire meeting. Lunch will be provided.


Peer Mentoring Workshop: You will meet with a RAMP Peer Mentor to develop campus awareness and skills critical to being a successful student. See your tutor to schedule a peer mentoring session.


Post-test: You will take a Nelson-Denny post-test in your session during the last week of tutoring. The results of the test will not affect your grade but failure to take the test may lower your final grade.




All of us who work at the Reading, Advising and Mentoring Program are looking forward to working with you. It is our hope that all students enrolled in RAMP will experience a successful quarter. If you have questions at any time feel free to contact me or an advisor.

Laura Ayon, Director, x6897, 
Rachel Dominguez, AA, x4349
Lauren Sumabat, Program Advisor, x4347 
Dustin Johnson, Program Advisor, x4802

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