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Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders College of Health & Human Services

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Advising Resources for Current & Prospective Students

Undergraduate Advising

During the COVID-19 campus closure and/or reduced services, face-to-face group advising session will not be scheduled. Current or prospective undergraduate students should review the information on this webpage, review the CSAD Major presentation, review the Communication Sciences and Disorders sections of the Sac State catalogue , review the CSAD BS Course Overview and contact either Dr. Tonia Davis tonia.davis@csus.edu or Dr. Aishah Patterson patterson@csus.edu with questions.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD) conducts group advising and major orientation for students interested in changing their major or who would like to know more about our programs on a regular basis. Students and potential students should first attend one of these group sessions.

CSAD Online Tutoring during COVID-19 Closure

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD) is offering tutoring from remote locations in compliance with recommendations related to COVID-19 from the California State University system and the Office of the Sacramento State President. A CSAD tutor will be available on Wednesdays beginning March 25 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. via Zoom video conferencing online: https://csus.zoom.us/j/584040793 or by phone: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 584 040 793.

Please note:

  • A CSAD tutor will be available through the last week of instruction for Spring 2020 (May 4-8, 2020).
  • There will not be a CSAD tutor available the week of Spring Break (March 30-April 3, 2020).
  • CSAD tutor via Zoom availability is subject to change. Please visit the CSAD Advising webpage for updates.

Faculty Office Hours

During the COVID-19 campus closure and reduced services, virtual office hours may be scheduled directly with faculty. For a full list of faculty contacts, please visit the “Meet Us” section of our website homepage.

CSAD Career Path Advising

During the COVID-19 campus closure and/or reduced services, face-to-face group advising session will not be scheduled.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD) conducts group advising for:

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Career Path Advising

Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders Career Path Advising

Audiology (Au.D.) Career Path Advising:

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders Advising

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders students are required to:

Doctorate of Audiology Advising

Doctorate of Audiology students are required to:

Student Success Strategies

We want you to be successful in our major classes! Here are some resources and strategies to help you.

  • Smarthinking provides tutoring 24 hours a day. Chat with a live tutor, send a question to the tutors offline, have your writing reviewed, and more.
  • Peer and Academic Resource Center (PARC) offers tutoring services for students experiencing challenges with written assignments. Peer tutors are available to help you with academic and writing skills, with a special focus on grammar and mechanics of writing. You can call the center (916-278-6010) or drop in to make an appointment in Lassen Hall 2200.
  • The Reading and Writing Center is where students can receive assistance in writing and editing their own work.

Study Tips

  • Review each day’s lecture notes later that same day to aid retention.
  • Be sure to read the readings at least 3x and study them carefully. Make special note of boldface terms.
  • Study with other people.
  • Write material out in longhand with a pen. Research shows that this helps with long-term memory! It’s OK to type notes in class, but you’ll remember the information better if you physically write it out later.
  • Study a little every day rather than cramming at the last minute. Daily studying is best.
  • Remember, every course unit = 3 hours of studying. So for a 3-unit class, you’d study 9 hours a week.
  • Do the readings before class. You’ll understand the lecture a lot better!
  • Make up your own test questions, using the professor’s format. This is extremely helpful.
  • Make flashcards for key terms. You can use quizlet online, but handwritten flashcards aid memory the most. Carry these flashcards with you everywhere and study them at every opportunity. You’d be surprised at how “little moments” can add up!

Remember— in order to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders you need a minimum 2.5 GPA in the major.

Sacramento State Student Support Services

A variety of support services are available to students at Sacramento State, including but not limited to: