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- Study Tips
- Note Taking
- Time Management
- Active Reading
- Active Listening
- Test Prep
- Reducing Stress
College of DuPage's Effective Study Tips
The College of DuPage in California created a list of effective study tips and techniques. Everything from how to take good notes, to using your textbook effectively and preparing for exams.
College Study Tips for Students
This website provides tips on different ways to study. Some tips include making flashcards, making a study guide, quizzing yourself and setting goals.
Huffington Post's Nine Study Tips for College Students
This article from the Huffington Post provides nine study tips for student, everything from where to study, to test taking and managing your time.
Discovery Health: How to Improve your Memory
This link from Discovery Health provides tips to help improve your memory while studying. There are tips to help improve your reading skills and comprehension of the readings and how to take better notes while reading.
PsychCentrals Eight Tips for Improving your Memory
The article above gives helpful hints on how to boost your memory. Some of the tips include repeating the facts, grouping or chunking facts together and having better organization.
How to memorize with Mnemonics
This link provides information about how to effectively use mnemonics, a tool which aids in retention. .
Different Note Taking Techniques:
This website gives information on note taking techniques. The site goes over different ways to format your notes and how to get the most out of you notes when studying.
Mayland Community College's How to Sharpen Your Note Taking Skills
This document from the Mayland Community College focusing on the three parts of the note-taking process, observing, recording and reviewing. It then discussed different ways to take notes and provides an exercise and multiple examples.
NovaMind's Mind Mapping Techniques
This link provides an alternative way to take notes- mind mapping. It is a technique where you organize thoughts/ideas into bubbles then use lines to connect like thoughts/ideas.
Dartmouth College's Tips for Managing Your Time
The link above is from Dartmouth College and provides a lot of information about managing your time. In the Handouts section, there are a few Word documents available for download which explain how to create a schedule and how to manage your time.
Mind Tool's How Good is Your Time Management Exercise
The link above provides an exercise to determine how good your time management skills are, and then provides an individualized list of tips to better your time management.
Mind Tool's How to Minimize Distractions
This link gives helpful hints to avoid distractions while trying to work.
Tips for Active Readinge
This page provides information on how to be an active reader, meaning how to better understand what you read while you read it. It takes you through nine steps on how to be a better active reader.
Slippery Rock University's Guide to Active Reading
The document above gives many helpful hints on how to better comprehend what youve read. It gives tips on when and where to read as well as note-taking tips.
North Shore Community College's Effective Note Taking and Listening Strategies
The link above gives helpful tips on how to better be an active listener and also gives tips on how to better your notes.
PsychCentral's How to Become a Better Active Listener
The link gives 13 tips to be a better active listener, such as restating and summarizing what youve heard as well as giving feedback.
Elmhurst College's Suggestions for Active Listening
This link provides specific tips to becoming an active listener. Set a purpose for learning, minimize distractions and asking follow up questions are all part of being an active learner, this site explains those in more detail and gives many more tips.
University of Alabama's Steps to Prepare for a Test
The link above explains how to prepare for an exam. It gives you step by step instructions to help you study and be better prepared.
How to Prepare for a Final Exam
The link above gives tips for preparing for a final exam, such as creating a study schedule and reviewing past notes and exams. .
Birmingham City University's Exam Techniques
Birmingham City University has put together a list of techniques for preparing for an exam. They also provide tips for when you are taking the exam and what do after you are finished.
Tips for Reducing Stress in College Life
This article explains ways to reduce stress in your life. It gives examples such as getting organized, getting enough sleep and branching out to those who can and want to help you.
How College Students can Reduce Stress and Anxiety
This link has 5 steps for reducing stress or anxiety in your life. Some tips include managing your negative thoughts and taking time for yourself no matter how busy you are.
University of New Hampshire's Tips to Reduce Public Speaking Anxiety
This article by the University of New Hampshire offers ways to reduce stress caused by public speaking or giving a speech. They provide tips for before, during and after the speech.
How to Concentrate While Studying
The link above gives tips on how to minimize distractions while studying and how to focus better.
Tips for Concentrating on Your Homework
This website provides a lot of information for staying motivated while doing homework and how to concentrate on homework. It also provides other tips for maximizing your study time.
Samford University's Five-Part Video Series Explaining Various Aspects of Success in College
The first part explains beliefs students hold about studying and what makes those beliefs true or false. The second video explains how people learn and how students can use that knowledge to better their study skills. The third video explains ways to optimize your learning. The fourth video explains specific study strategies and how to implement them into your studying. The final video in the series explains how students can improve their grade after doing poorly on an exam.