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Goal Setting & 
Time Management
Learning 
Styles

Exam Preparation &
Performance

Concentration & 
Memory
Note
Taking
Conceptual Understanding & Critical Analysis
Writing
Anxiety & Stress
Management

Study Skills Assessment

The Study Skills Assessment is designed to identify your academic strengths and weaknesses. Completing the assessment is the first step in putting yourself on the path to academic success as you help yourself become a better student!

Click on the buttons below to view or print the study skills assessment and corresponding answer sheet. Once you have taken the study skills assessment, explore the study skills topics that have been identified as potential weaknesses.

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Weekly Activity Log

Use the weekly activity log to record your activities for one week. If you slept on Sunday night from 11pm-7am, write that down. If you watched Family Guy on Wednesday night from 9pm-10pm, write it down. Keep track of everything you do for one week on the activity log.

After you have logged your activities for one week, take a moment to assess and reevaluate how you spend your time. Have you studied as much as you should? Do you spend too much time watching television and not enough time preparing for tests? Can you find some extra time that will allow you to create more of a balance between your academic and social lives?

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Weekly Study Schedule

Click on the buttons below to view and print handouts on developing a weekly study schedule. The first handout, Making a Schedule Based on Your Needs, provides step-by-step instructions on how to best create a personal study schedule. Use the second handout as a blank template for creating your schedule.

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SMART Goal Setting Guide and Worksheet

Click the link below to access the SMART Goal Setting Guide and Worksheet (provided by the University of California, San Diego TRIO Outreach Program). The guide and corresponding worksheet are invaluable tools that can help you focus on your goals and establish a plan to make your goals a reality. Print and complete the worksheet using the guide to help inform your responses.

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Goal Setting

Write down your answers to the Time Management Questionnaire shown at the beginning of the presentation below. Take notes throughout the presentation on ways you can improve your goal setting skills.

If you cannot view the presentation, click on the "Printer-friendly Format" button below to view the slides.

Note: Click the button in the lower right corner of the presentation box to view fullscreen. Use the arrow buttons at the bottom of the screen to navigate through the presentation.

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Developing a Mid Term or Final Exam Study Schedule

Click one of the buttons below to view and print a mid-term or final exam study schedule. At the top of the printed schedule, list your courses and the dates and times of each course's exam. Complete a study schedule for each course by listing the dates and times you plan to study as well as the specific material that will be covered during each study session. Once completed, use the study schedule as a guide to ensure that you have adequate studying time to cover all of the exam material without cramming.

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Exploring Learning Styles

Learning styles vary from student to student and teaching styles vary from teacher to teacher. Identifying your own preferred method of learning or learning style will help you recognize and overcome the gaps between your professor's teaching style and your learning style. You may have already identified your learning style without realizing it. 

Do you:

  • prefer to read new material rather than having it read to you?
  • catch yourself doodling while in class?
  • understand concepts better after doing a lesson in the chemistry lab?

These are all clues about which learning style you prefer.

Assignment:

  1. Take the Vark Questionnaire and record your results.

  2. Explore what your results mean by visiting this website: Learning Styles Online 

  3. Type a 3-5 paragraph explanation of your results. Decide whether or not you agree with the results and include your answer in the paper along with examples of personal experiences to support your assertions. Also include ways in which you can change your study habits to cater to your particular learning style. (Example: I am a visual learner. When I am studying my notes, I try to turn certain sections of my notes into graphic items like charts, graphs, and concept maps.)
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ARC Peer Tutoring

The Academic Resource Center provides drop-in tutoring to students on the Macon Campus. Tutoring is providing free of charge and no appointments are necessary. In addition to providing tutors for writing and mathematics asssistance, the Academic Resource Center provides tutoring in the sciences, foreign languages and a variety of other academic disciplines. During the fall and spring semester, tutoring labs are open Sunday - Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Assignment:

  1. Click the link below to access the ARC tutoring schedule:
    ARC Tutoring Schedule
  2. Select a day and time to attend tutoring for help in one of your courses.
  3. Attend tutoring session.
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Supplemental Instruction

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program helps students find new ways to solve old problems. SI is offered on campuses around the world and targets historically difficult courses on each campus. Historically difficult courses are those that traditionally have high rates of D's, F's and W's as final grades.

Supplemental Instruction Leaders are qualified underclassmen who have already completed the course. They attend the class with students and then hold additional study sessions outside regular class meetings. The voluntary study sessions are conducted on a drop-in basis.

National statistics indicate that students who attend SI sessions regularly can expect to earn final grades up to a letter grade higher than their classmates who do not attend SI.

What students are saying about their SI Session:

  • "SI is a wonderful program. I definitely benefited a lot from it."
  • "SI helped a lot, and the SI leader was extremely helpful."
  • "The practice tests helped show what I needed to work on."
  • "Very helpful, keep up the good work." 

Assignment:

  1. Click the link below to view Supplement Instruction schedules:
    SI Schedules
  2. Select an SI session to attend for help in one of your courses.
  3. Attend SI session.
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Visit a Professor

Whether or not you are having trouble in a particular course, visiting your professor during office hours is always beneficial. You can use the opportunity to ask for advice on how to succeed in the course, learn what types of exams the professor normally gives (multiple choice, essay, etc.), or simply let the professor know that you are interested in doing well in their course.

Assignment:

  1. Use your course syllabus or the professor's faculty website to find out when their office hours are.
  2. Contact the professor either in person or via email to let them know you would like to meet with them.
  3. Before your meeting, decide on at least three questions you will ask the professor during your meeting.
  4. Attend the meeting.
  5. Write a 2-3 paragraph summary of the meeting that includes: professor's name, how you established a meeting time, what you discussed, and how you feel the meeting went. 
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Examining Returned Tests

After you have prepared for and taken an exam, your next step is to examine your graded exam. Examining your returned test will allow you to determine how well you prepared for the exam and will provide insight into your test-taking skills.

Click on the button below and print out the worksheet provided. Use the worksheet to determine why you missed certain questions on the test. Once you have determined why you missed those questions, you can address that particular test-taking topic and become a better test-taker.

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Using Flash Cards as a Memorization Tool

Flash cards are invaluable as a memorization tool. They provide a convenient and portable way for you to learn througout the day. Whether they are graphical or text-based, flash cards can help you remember vital information for a variety of classes.

Assignment:

  1. Review this resource on how to make effective flash cards:http://www.persistenceunlimited.com/2006/07/the-no-fail-flashcard-study-technique-fast-learning-minimal-time/
  2. Create useful flash cards to help you study for one or more of your current courses.
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Using Mnemonics as a Memorization Tool

A mnemonic is a memorization tool that will help you recall a variety of information. Whether learning a list of items, the order of items, or the steps of a process, mnemonics make it easy to recall otherwise difficult to remember information. You may already be familiar with using mnemonics. "Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally" is a common mnemonic used to help students remember the order of operations in algebra: parentheses, exponents, multiply, divide, add, and subtract.

Assignment:

  1. Review this resource on mnemonics:http://www.buildyourmemory.com/mnemonics.php
  2. Create useful mnemonics to help you study for one or more of your current courses.
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Note Taking

Learning to take effective notes can be challenging for many college students. How well a student takes notes has a major impact on how well a student actually studies. By learning about and implementing effective note-taking techniques, you increase your chances of doing well in your courses.

Assignment:

  1. Read this handout in its entirety: http://learningcommons.sfu.ca/sites/default/files/218/multi-note.pdf
  2. Take the Note Taking Inventory at the beginning of the handout.
  3. Implement the Cornell note-taking system for the notes in one of your current courses. Cornell-lined paper is available for print here: Cornell note paper.
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Chapter Outlining

Have you ever completed your assigned reading for a class only to wonder what it was you just spent the last hour reading? Outlining textbook chapters can be helpful for students who feel either overwhelmed by the volume of information in a chapter or intimidated by the topic of the chapter. Through outlining students can connect with, interact with, and ultimately understand and remember the material covered in the textbook.

Assignment:

  1. Watch this presentation: http://prezi.com/zvk-rhvxkrx_/how-to-outline-your-textbook/
  2. Using the presentation as your guide, read and outline a chapter (or more) from a textbook used in one of your current courses.
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Avoiding Plagiarism

Note: Mercer University's Policy on Plagiarism

Remember that a paraphrase needs to show your own ideas, not just someone else's ideas in a slightly different wording from the original.  You are presenting your own ideas based upon sources, not merely reporting those sources.

Take notes carefully, noting page numbers and placing quotation marks around words that you copy from the original.  Use only exceptional words or phrases quoted in this way.

Assignment

  1. Click the following to learn "How to Recognize Plagiarism" https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/examples.html
  2. Do the practice exercises here: https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/practice.html
  3. Take the test and print out the completion certificate here: https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/test.html
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Diet, Exercise, and Sleep Plan

Positive lifestyle changes can improve your physical and emotional health, improve your academic performance and prolong your life.  Proper nutrition, adequate physical activity, quality sleep and stress management are the foundations to good health.

Assignment:
  1. Click on the handout button below and read over the information contained on the handout.
  2. Consider what changes you can make to your lifestyle to improve your health and, consequently, your academic performance.
  3. Using the information provided in the handout as a guide, develop a diet, exercise, and sleep plan for yourself.
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Relaxation

When faced with an exam or oral presentation students are often overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. There are many different relaxation techniques students can use to keep the feelings of stress and anxiety to a minimum.

Assignment:

  1. Using the College Study Skills website and other internet resources, compile a list of at least 10 relaxation techniques that can be used during times of stress or anxiety. Tips should be varied in style with some being preventative techniques (to prevent becoming stressed or anxious) and some being responsive techniques (to allow someone to calm down and lessen feelings of anxiousness).
  2. Type and print the list.
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