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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are all clues about which learning style you prefer.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.