Tackling Finals

tipsIt’s not too early to start planning for your finals! HackCollege posted 4 Great Study Strategies to Tackle Finals by Katie Dwyer. Check it out along with our tutorial on How To Study.

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Surviving Finals

The Thanksgiving holiday is over and that means finals will soon be here! It’s time to finish up those final projects, reports and missing assignments. Add studying for finals on top of that and it can seem a bit overwhelming! But with a few simple tips it can be manageable. Below are a few of these simple tips from Texas Tech University’s Support Operations for Academic Retention. Don’t forget to check out our tutorials on How to Study and Test Taking Tips!

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Study Habits

Successful studying is more than just sitting down with your notes and homework. It takes careful planning as well as specific study techniques. A few keys to successful studying include having a study schedule, finding the right study space, and identifying which study technique(s) works best for you. We cover these three topics in our short tutorial How to Study.

Do you use a study technique? Do you know what type of learner you are – visual, auditory, kinesthetic, read-write? Knowing what type of learner you are can help in determining the best study technique for you. Check out this infographic to learn more about the best study practices for each type of learner and for “tips, tricks, dos and don’ts to learn smarter. ”

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A Good Semester Start

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Starting your semester off with good habits is easier than trying to break bad habits halfway through. Here are a few tips to help you get off to a great start!

Get organized
Organization play a big role in having a successful semester. Read through your course syllabus and add assignment and due dates to your calendar. Check out our tutorial on Time Management for some tips on finding time, managing time, and avoiding procrastination!

Be realistic about your time
Don’t overcommit yourself. Be cautious about taking on extra responsibilities at home or work, especially if you are taking more than 3 credits.

Take notes
Taking notes is a key part of being successful in college. Taking notes forces you to pay attention to what you are listening to or reading. Not taking also helps you do a better job of remembering what you learn. We’ve created a great tutorial on Note Taking for lectures as well as for reading.

Study!
Successful studying is more than just sitting down with your notes and homework. It takes careful planning as well as specific study techniques. Find out about three keys to successful studying in our How to Study tutorial.

Maintain your health
With classes underway, you should still aim for getting the same amount of sleep every night. It is important to continue to have free time and exercise time. You should add free time and exercise to your daily calendar just as you would an appointment or class assignment. Eating a healthy diet will also help keep you mentally sharp.

Soon you’ll have papers to write and research to do. Be sure to check out our other tutorials on Basic Grammar, How to Write an Essay, and how to avoid Plagiarism.

Online Learning Tips and College Success Tutorials

plannerWlaptopWelcome back! Start your fall semester off on the right track! Subscribe to the TIps for Student Success blog and receive email notification when we add new tutorials and post great articles about online learning skills and academic success!

Visit the blog’s tutorial page to view short, online tutorials that support student learning and address specific college-level concepts or skills. Current topics are: Plagiarism, Writing an Essay, Basic Grammar, Note Taking, Test Taking Tips, How to Study, Time Management and Email Etiquette. Feel free to leave comments and email us with suggestions for future tutorials or posts. We’re here to help you succeed!

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Successful eLearning

computer with books and diplomaHere are 10 Tips to Help You Pass Online College by Lori Greenberg at Classes and Careers. Read the short article for more information on each tip!

  1. Accept that online doesn’t mean faster
  2. Practice good time management*
  3. Pay attention to course requirements and scheduling
  4. Pay attention to body mechanics
  5. Know your distractions*
  6. Engage with other students and create interaction
  7. Notes are not just for classrooms*
  8. Manage your space, but not the way you think
  9. Be tech savvy*
  10. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

*Remember, we have short tutorials to help you be more successful in your online classes: time management, how to study, note takingemail etiquette, and more!

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Tutorials to Help with Summer Semester

Are you signed up for summer semester? Don’t forget about the many tutorials designed to help you be more successful in your classes! We currently have the following short tutorials available:
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  • Time Management
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Basic Grammar
  • Email Etiquette
  • How to Study
  • Note Taking
  • How to Write a Basic Essay
  • Plagiarism

You can view the tutorials on your computer or iPad. Be sure to check them out!

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