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Study Strategies Library

Study Skills Resources


Learning Style

VARK Learning Styles Inventory
This questionnaire alerts students and teachers to the variety of different approaches to learning. It is designed to initiate discussion about and reflection upon learning preferences. The acronym VARK stands for Visual, Aural, Read/write, and Kinesthetic sensory modalities that are used for learning.

Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire
The Index of Learning Styles is an on-line instrument used to assess preferences on four dimensions (active/reflective, sensing/intuitive, visual/verbal, and sequential/global) of a learning style model formulated by Richard M. Felder and Linda K. Silverman of North Carolina State University.

Hemispheric Dominance Inventory
Are you a right brain or left brain learner? Evaluate yourself using this inventory from Middle Tennessee State University.

Learning Styles
Explanation of learning styles and learning theory, with application to learning.

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Coping & Stress Management

Coping Skills Management

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Distance Learning Skills

Use any of the following inventories to help you assess if distance learning courses (Web-based, satellite, correspondence) will work for you, given your study strategies and learning preferences.

ELI (extended learning) inventory: Northern Virginia Community College:

Self-test for distance learning: Bristol Community College, Massachusetts

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Motivating yourself
Causes of low motivation and realistic solutions to help you keep going

Locus of Control and Attributional Style
Determine your sources for motivation and the effects of internal versus external sources

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Study Habits

Assess your study skills habits
Determine your strengths and problem areas

Study Distraction Analysis

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Critical Thinking

Strategies for studying to increase comprehension and ability to apply, synthesize, and evaluate course knowledge.

Bloom's Taxonomy
A system for categorizing the types of questions that commonly occur in college exams. If students understand the knowledge level expected of them on exams, they can study using appropriate strategies.

Examples of test questions at six knowledge levels
Professors create test questions that are meant to evaluate students' ability to think at different levels - from rote memorization of facts to the ability to apply and evaluate course knowledge. Students can compare their course exams with these examples to determine the level of learning expected from their professor. This information will help students to then identify more effective study strategies.

Critical Thinking
Longview Community College created this website to help students understand critical thinking and to provide ideas on how to apply it to their particular field of study.

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Health and Wellness

Go Ask Alice
Health related questions and answers from Columbia University's Health Center

Wellness Pamphlets
A variety of on-line pamphlets on wellness issues such as stress, depression, eating disorders, anxiety, sexuality, etc.

Nutrition fact sheets
Published by the American Dietetic Association

Health Oasis
Mayo Clinic Web site containing physician-reviewed articles and other information on health, fitness, and nutriion topics.

Prevention Magazine
A monthly magazine with articles on health, fitness, food, and many other health-related topics.

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Learning Disabilities

Understanding learning disabilities

Misunderstood Minds
This site is a companion to the PBS special Misunderstood Minds, and profiles a variety of learning problems and expert opinions. It is designed to give parents, students, and teachers a better understanding of learning processes, insights into difficulties, and strategies for responding.

Adult learning disabilities

Study strategy tips for persons with learning disabilities

Tips for parents, teachers, and adults

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Learning strategies database

Learning and study strategies:
Excellent site, providing general and subject-specific study strategies. Developed by Muskingum College.

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Library and Internet

Evaluating Web Resources
Excellent tutorial developed by Wolfgram Memorial Library, Widener State University, Chester, PA. Also provides an evaluation exercise, as well as links to the previous version of the tutorial with additional examples and evaluation guidelines.

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Math and Science Study Strategies

Khan Academy videos
Excellent free videos for pre-algebra through pre-calculus, explaining concepts and working problems step-by-step. Videos are also shown for basic arithmetic, geometry, and calculus as well as other subject areas such as biology and chemistry.

Algebra help
Lessons on basic concepts such as factoring, simplifying equations, word problems, as well asworksheets that can be graded or show a step-by-step solution.

Comprehensive sight for pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, stats, calculus. Offers tutorials, equations, practice problems with solutions, hints, and much more.

Math About
A comprehensive site with online tutorials for lower level to high level math, formulas, math study strategies, homework, practice problems, and more.

Success in Mathematics
From St. Louis University Department of Mathematics: Tips on how to study mathematics, how to approach problem-solving, how to study for and take tests, and when and how to get help.

How to study math
A compilation of sites with effective strategies from the Study Web, created by instructor Lucy MacDonald, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR.

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Developing memory skills
Understanding the what and how of memory skills. Links can be found at the bottom of the page in the Concentration and Memory section.

Memory and the information processing model

Nine principles of memory

Memory techniques and mnemonics

Exercise and example for creating a concept map; list of mnemonic study aids.

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Note Taking

Step-by-step to effective notes
Ohio University tutorial to recording, editing, and reviewing notes for effective comprehension.

5 Methods of Note taking:
Explanations and examples of five note taking systems, by California Polytechnic State University Student Academic Services.

Organizing notes:
Examples of visual organizers (study guides) for organizing lecture notes for better comprehension.

Notetaking formats and reviewing notes:
Explanation and examples of Cornell and mind mapping formats, followed by specific review strategies, by York University.

More effective note taking

Practice activities for organizing and understanding information:
Exercises and examples for creating outlines, summaries, charts, concept maps.

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Online Learning and Study Skills

More tips for online learning study strategies
From University of West Florida

Online notes, tests, tutorials
Links from Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis. Online notes, tests, and tutorials in many subjects from Accounting and Algebra to Visual Basic and Windows from colleges all over the world!

Distance learning assessment
Created by Peterson's, part of the Lifelong Learning group within Thomson Learning, a division of the Thomson Corporation.

Use any of the following inventories to help you assess if distance learning courses (Web-based, satellite, correspondence) will work for you, given your study strategies and learning preferences.

ELI (extended learning) inventory: Northern Virginia Community College
Self-test for distance learning: Bristol Community College, Massachusetts
Is an online course right for you? Montgomery College, Maryland

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Oral Presentations

Oral class presentations
Tips for managing nervousness

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Six Reading Myths
Realities of college reading skills

SQ3R Textbook Reading Method

More text book marking skills

Effective text reading and comprehension strategies

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Study Guides

Information organizers:
Examples and explanations of a variety of visual organizers for text and lecture notes, such as concept maps, matrices, topic grids, comparison/contrast charts, etc.

Study guides for test preparation:
From the Utah State University Academic Success Center: examples of study guides to help visually organize study material.

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Study Skills Websites

Study Web
Created by instructor Lucy MacDonald, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR. Contains a categorized list of effective study strategies, including "How to study" and "How to write" in specific subjects such as math, accounting, biology, etc.

Study Guides and Strategies
A comprehensive site created by the Director of the Learning Center, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Includes guides on "Studying with ADHD", "Thinking like a genius", math/science study strategies, and many guides on writing skills. This site provides the guides in English and 14 other languages.

Virtual Pamphlet Collection
From the University of Chicago Counseling Center, this site contains information about study skills as well as related issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, etc.

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Test Anxiety

P.A.S.S. Test Anxiety Management Program

Virtual Pamphlet Collection
From the University of Chicago Counseling Center, this site contains information about related issues such as anxiety, stress, and test taking.

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Test Taking

Preparing for tests
Selecting information to study, strategies for self-testing, preparing for essay exams, reducing test anxiety.

Test preparation strategies

The Six Hour D: and how to avoid it

Test questions: levels of learning
Examples of test questions that demonstrate the different levels of learning required of students for objective and essay tests.

Practice multiple choice test:
Another practice test with discussion follow the example questions.

General test-taking strategies
Strategies for what to do before, during, and after a test.

Analyzing returned tests

Understanding essay exam cue words

Time Management

Psy 1730 (Findlay) Time management exercise

Conduct a time audit and planning exercise
Find out where your time is going and then complete exercises to develop a more effective schedule.

Time management for university students
Comprehensive site that provides unique perspectives regarding goal setting and time managment to increase effectiveness and efficiency.

It's About Time
A time management system.

Tips for more effective personal time management

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Building a better vocabulary
Part of a comprehensive writing site. Provides additional links to excellent vocabulary building sites.

Common Errors in English
Developed by an English professor at Washington State University. Presents lists of errors and explanations. Example: definitions and explanations of affect and effect. Contains links to other useful English/writing Web sites and resources.

Latin and Greek prefixes and suffixes:
Useful site for helping to learn and understand terms in science and health-related classes.

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USU Writing Center
describes the available writing tutor services available through the Department of English Writing Center.

Writing resources
Excellent! from Purdue University, including handouts, online writing labs, indexes, style guides, reference resources, and more.

Editing and Proofreading
Part of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Writing Center Web site.


Grammar Rules

Improving Sentence Clarity
Purdue's writing lab has put together an excellent site that has many strategies for improving writing strategies, from brainstorming to the final copy. The above sites are just two of many that are available.

Strunk's Elements of Style Handbook - online

Writing Services
This quality site from University of Guelph provides links to information on strategies for essay writing, scientific writing, and writing skills such as sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation.

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