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What is ALS 116?

ALS 116: Academic Success is a two-credit course taught in a small class (~20 students) discussion format. In ALS 116, you explore the expectations and skills involved in being academically successful at the university level. This class gives you the opportunity to enhance your study skills by learning about strategies for developing self-awareness, managing time, taking notes, choosing effective study strategies, and more. Typical activities include engaging with readings, practicing learning strategies, personal reflection and planning, and a final Academic Success Plan synthesizing learning from the term. ALS 116 is offered each term and is open to all OSU students.

How will ALS 116 help me?

Whether you came to OSU directly after high school, transferred from another college or university, or took time away from school, ALS 116 can help you develop strategies for success in college courses. Throughout the course, you'll practice a broad range of academic skills so that you can identify the specific strategies that work well for your individual needs as a student. In addition, students who have taken ALS report feeling more confident in their decision-making around studying and better equipped to succeed in the university academic environment.

What do student say about the course?

Here are some quotes from students about the impact that ALS 116 had on their approach to academics:

  • “From the beginning of the term until now, my study habits have improved, and I feel as if I am much more efficient with my time. Instead of using a single study strategy I use multiple strategies to ensure I am getting the most out of the information I am learning.”
  • “It reinforced my good habits and helped me recognize what doesn't work—like highlighting text or taking excessive notes. I've streamlined my note taking a lot as a result.”
  • "This class has taught me a lot about college, myself, and strategies for success. [I learned] skills that I will take with me throughout this whole college experience, and they are even things that I will use in my life after college. All in all, this class is something that I think everyone should take because it really has shaped me into a more successful college student.”

How do I sign up for ALS 116?

ALS 116 section offerings are listed in the course catalog. Type ALS 116 into the first search field, select the term in the second search field, then click on the Search bar. You can register for ALS 116 the same way you do for other courses. If you have questions about taking this course, or other questions about the registration process, we recommend talking to your academic advisor who can provide guidance as you choose courses for next term. If you have questions about the ALS 116 course specifically, please call the Academic Success Center (541-737-2272) or email (