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Welcome Back!

Ahh, the first week back at Columbia. Always a whirlwind, always awesome.

However, when things settle down you’ll always find yourself at week two. If you’re like most students, that second week probably means the slow escalation of schoolwork.

We have good news. Whether this is your first semester or your last, The Learning Studio is here to help you stay on track.

Need math, science or accounting tutoring? No problem. Struggling with a Foreign Language? We’ve got you. Want help brainstorming or writing? Good news. Craving some popcorn? We might be able to help you out.

Whatever you need help with this semester, we’re here to help you succeed. For more information on everything The Learning Studio offers, click here! Call, click or come in today to set up an appointment!

Ready or Not…

We at The Learning Studio hope you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! Because it’s about to get REAL. Yes, that’s right, summer classes are about to start in just a few days. Kiss your free time GOODBYE because as of Tuesday, May 29th, it’s back to the  daily grind. 


The Learning Studio is here to help! Call, click, or come in to schedule an appointment with our wonderful tutors! They can help you get your homework done so you have as much free time to enjoy the summer as possible!

CALL: 312-369-8130

CLICK: Go to the “Make Appointments” tab on Oasis

COME IN: 618 S Michigan Ave

Enrolled in summer classes? The tutors at the Learning Studio are here for you!

Got a long paper to write and aren’t sure where to start? Come brainstorm with our writing tutors! Don’t understand your math homework because you’re an illustration major and why would you ever need to know what a quadratic equation is anyway? Make an appointment to see our math tutors and they’ll clear things up for you! Magnets: how do THEY work??? Come see our science tutors and find out!

We’re here all summer!

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER! Unless you’re taking summer classes! 

The Learning Studio is open from 9 to 5 to help you spend less time being stuck on papers and math homework and more time on the beach. Don’t forget our tutors can help you with resume and scholarship essays too! See you soon!

For all you filmmakers out there….


10 Screenwriting tips by Billy Wilder



  1. The audience is fickle.
  2. Grab ‘em by the throat and never let ‘em go.
  3. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character.
  4. Know where you’re going.
  5. The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.
  6. If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act.
  7. A tip from Lubitsch: Let the audience add up two plus two. They’ll love you forever.
  8. In doing voice-overs, be careful not to describe what the audience already sees. Add to what they’re seeing.
  9. The event that occurs at the second act curtain triggers the end of the movie.
  10. The third act must build, build, build in tempo and action until the last event, and then—that’s it. Don’t hang around.

Number 8.  Heed number 8.

Lowest of the Low: Stress Management

Have you ever had an assignment where you just didn’t know where to start? Well here are some tips on how to complete such an assignment as well as how to manage your stress as you go!

You’ve just been assigned a large project you don’t understand:

The first step is to set aside the time needed to complete the project without causing undue stress for yourself. During this, you should also pick a location to work that will not be a large distraction, such as the library, a quiet student lounge, or even just a place outside of your normal environment to spark new ideas.

The second step is always research. A great place to go is the Columbia Library Web Page!

But what if you don’t get enough information? Or even too much?

First, make sure the resources you have are scholarly. This is as simple as checking the box on the library search results! Second, never forget that you can get books from other schools using the library’s iShare feature! Third, a Writing Center consultant can always help you sort the information you’ve found as well as help you find new key words to search for more.

Before you start trying to put all of that wonderful information to use, make sure you have it organized. The best way to do this, is an outline or bubble diagram!

Time to start Draft One. Keep in mind that the first draft does not have to be perfect! Just get down the ideas and facts you organized in your outline.

After you feel that you have written all that you can, it is time to revise!

Now, no one likes revision, but know you’re not FOREVER ALONE! This is a great time to visit the learning studio, once again! A consultant will gladly go through your first draft with you and discuss any points that need expansion or point out parts that can be condensed. Hopefully by the time you leave your session, you will be confident about constructing your final draft!

If you want, a consultant will go over your draft again or even help with citations. We’re trained in all formats, especially MLA, APA, and Kate Turabian/Chicago Style!

Now you’re ready to turn in the project when the due date arrives!

Now you have all of the knowledge needed to complete a tricky assignment!

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