The following sites provide helpful tips about studying,
time management, reading comprehension and much more.
In college or university, you will need to make sure
you can manage your time.You will be expected to do
a lot more and your professors will expect you to be
an independent learner. Don't wait until you get to
college or university to improve your habits. Start
Also, feel free to go to the undergraduate resource
section. There are additional sites. We will periodically
update this site so keep coming back!
Classwork and Homework
Time Management and Other Important
Colleges care about which courses you're taking in
high school. The courses you take in high school
show colleges what kind of goals you set for yourself.
Are you signing up for advanced classes, honors sections,
or accelerated sequences? Are you choosing electives
that really stretch your mind and help
you develop new abilities? Or are you doing just enough
to get by.
How to Select Your Courses - Create a Solid
Your course schedule may seem like a random selection
of classes to you, but college admission officers see
it as the blueprint of your high school education. They're
looking for a solid foundation of learning that you
can build on in college.
Need help with mathematics? View these sites!
Developing Confidence In Math
Anxiety about performing well in math or math-based
science courses is a common experience for many college
students. Research has indicated that approximately
30% of college students struggle with math anxiety,
and that this issue has consistently ranked among the
top 20 concerns for college students.
Coping with Math Anxiety
In this essay we will take a constructive look at math
anxiety, its causes, its effects, and at how you as
a student can learn to manage this anxiety so that it
no longer hinders your study of mathematics. Lastly,
we will examine special strategies for studying mathematics,
doing homework, and taking exams.
Ask Dr. Math
Ask Dr. Math is a question and answer service for math
students and their teachers. A searchable archive is
available by level and topic, as well as summaries of
Frequently Asked Questions (the Dr. Math FAQ).
The World of Math Online
Select the math subject and find answers to your questions.
On-line Math Club
This Web site will enrich mathematical experiences by
giving students the opportunity to explore and engage
with mathematical ideas and offer challenging activities
which provide students with opportunities to develop
Mathematics is your free resource for math review material
from Algebra to Differential Equations!
Ask Mr. Calculus
Ask Mr. Calculus offers help with calculus and other
Need help with science? View these sites!
On-line Physics Resource
StudyWorks! On-line presents this truly awesome physics
resource for high school students. The site provides
11 tutorials, each containing from two to six individual
lessons, on a variety of basic physics concepts –
including Newton’s Law; work, energy, and power;
momentum and its conservation; waves; and more. The
lessons are clear and well written, describing not just
the concept, but also explaining why each concept is
important to understand. Each lesson includes an animation
to illustrate the concept and concludes with a quiz
to test students’ understanding. The site also
offers a Multimedia Physics Studio with additional animations
to help students visualize the concepts discussed and
activities to ensure students’ mastery of the
The Ultimate Physics Resource Site
Links to site on physics topics, physicists, research
laboratories, and places to get your physics questions
On-line Science Tutorials and Science Resources
Do you need to brush up on your science courses? There
are a variety of online resources to help you better
understand your coursework.
Ask A Scientist Program
Ask A Scientist program is operated by science teachers.
The program is designed to answer specific questions
that are not commonly found in general reference books
or text books.
Learning from Textbooks
Reading and remembering information from textbooks can
be one of the most challenging aspects of learning at
university. Since there can be a lot of variation in how
texts are used from one course to another, the strategies
that will be effective for reading and studying texts
will vary from course to course as well.
A Strategy for Reading Textbooks
SQRW is a four-step strategy for reading and taking
notes from chapters in a textbook. Each letter stands
for one step in the strategy. Using SQRW will help you
to understand what you read and to prepare a written
record of what you learned. The written record will
be valuable when you have to participate in a class
discussion and again when you study for a test. Read
to learn what to do for each step in SQRW.
Reading and Understanding Texts
Much of the material we have to learn at university is
presented to us in written form, most commonly in texts
and readings from journals. Students may have problems
with both the complexity and the amount of the material
they have to read. We can help you deal with each of these
To improve your reading comprehension, use the following
The WriteSite is an Online Writing Lab, or
OWL—a collection of writing resources and a way of interacting
with other CUNY writers through the Internet. It complements
face-to-face resources, like your campus Writing Center,
and it's always open. You could call it a "night
OWL," or a "weekend OWL," because it's
always here, ready to help you.
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Great site to learn about grammar/writing.
The Nuts and Bolts of Writing
"I've got nothing to say!" The first
step in writing a paper is having something to say—or
turning a mediocre argument into a good one. The guide's
thinking section emphasizes writing not as an end-product
but as a dynamic process of thinking, exploring, and
Improve Your Writing
Don't wait until college to improve your writing and research
skills. Start now! These Web sites provide helpful information.
The Elements of Citation
The Columbia Guide to Online Style (CGOS) by Janice R.
Walker and Todd Taylor (Columbia UP, 2006 ) presents a
guide to locating, evaluating, translating, and using
the elements of citation for electronically accessed sources
in both a humanities style (i.e., MLA and Chicago) and
a scientific style (APA and CBE). CGOS's unique element
approach makes this a useful reference book for citing
electronic sources regardless of the specific bibliographic
style you may be required to use.
The following is excerpted from the 5th edition of the
Publication Manual (© 2001). The material provided
covers commonly asked questions regarding how to cite
Please note that there have been changes in APA's style
guidelines for electronic resources with the publication
of the 5th edition of the Publication Manual.
Elements of Sentence Construction, Sentence Types and
Punctuation, Connectors, Sentence Patterns, Sentence Pattern
Transformation, Active/passive Voice
Writing Research Papers
Start now to understand the correct process of writing
a research paper. There's no room for mistakes!
Writing Research Papers
The Modern Language Association of America
Bartleby.com: Free Encyclopedia, Dictionary,
How to Write an Essay
Establish your topic, organize your ideas, write a
first draft, revise the first draft, and proofread the
Developing Listening Skills
Although we use listening skills more than any other
communication skill, listening is rarely taught (John
Parker and Janet Weathers report the following breakdown
of a person's communication activities in The Student
Success Workbook : listening — 45%; talking —
30%; reading — 16%; writing — 9%). Since
the human brain works about four times as fast as the
mouth, to listen effectively requires that you maintain
a considerable amount of self-control and concentration.
It is little wonder that you may have found yourself
nodding off in class or wondering why you seem to gain
very little from attending lectures when we consider
these facts. The good news is that you can improve your
listening skills by practicing the following techniques
The average college student spends about 14 hours per
week in class listening (or perhaps I should say "
hearing "--there is a difference!) to lectures.
See if you can improve your listening skills by following
some of the strategies below.
Working on Listening Skills
You probably spend more time using your listening skills
than any other kind of skill. Like other skills, listening
takes practice. What does it mean to really listen?
Oral Communication Skills
Do you think you need to improve your oral communication
skills? Are you nervous about an upcoming presentation?
Maybe you are getting good grades in high school without
studying. Ask college students and they'll tell you
that college professors expect you to be an independent
Study Skills Checklist
First make a print out of this document. Using
your printout, read each statement and consider how it
applies to you. If it does apply to you, check Y. If it
does not apply to you, check N. The purpose of this inventory
is to find out about your own study habits and attitudes.
Your success in high school and college is dependent on
your ability to study effectively and efficiently. The
following web sites provides information about study skills
and homework help.
How To Study
HowToStudy.com provides free links to valuable sites
on the Internet related to the subject of studying.
HowToStudy.com has been developed by former students
who, just like many students now, had a tough time adjusting
from high school to university or college.
Studying for Final Exams
Some of these sites are for college students, however,
they will help you too!
Study Skills Improvement
Study Skills Links
How to Survive Exam Weeks
Do you find yourself panicking when you have several
exams to take in a short period? Do you feel a lot more
stress during mid-terms and finals?
Why should you take notes in class?
Note taking is an active process that
will help you concentrate during the class session and
will aid you to retain what you are learning. The lecture
will contain information that you can't find in your
textbook or elsewhere.
There are many reasons for taking lecture notes.
Try these systems and improve your notetaking
Most college students use study groups to prepare for
exams. Start learning how to use this effective strategy
in high school.
Importance of Study Groups
The nature of the university classroom continues to
change. One of the most apparent pieces of evidence
of this change is the large-sized, first-year, lecture-styled
class. This style of teaching is usually one-directional,
for several reasons, such as:
There is insufficient time for professors to answer
all questions for the benefit of all students and students
are shy to ask questions in large classes. This creates
a need for students to work on learning the course material
primarily outside of the classroom. The formation of
study groups have been found to improve the learning
experinece for many first-year university students.
Reinforcing the Importance of Study Groups
Recently, the Ventures Scholars undergraduate e-newsletter
linked Ventures Scholars with information about study
groups. We thought it was so important that we are providing
this information again. Research shows that students
can truly benefit from participating in study groups.
Form one as soon as possible!
A study group does the following: reinforces, clarifies,
and deepens your learning by providing the opportunity
to teach. (Research indicates that many students improve
their grades by supplementing individual study with
group study, provides feedback -- before the test --
on how well you are learning the material, provides
practical advice on which courses and professors to
take or avoid.
A study group is a collection of people coming together
to learn more about a pre-determined topic. Study groups
provide participants with a forum for learning together,
planning together, testing ideas together, and reflecting
The Importance of Study Groups
Education often looks like competition. Students compete
for entrance into school, and
for grades when they are in school. As a result, it is
easy to overlook the power of
cooperation. Aside from the camaraderie, the fellowship,
and the fun, a support group
can assist you by elevating your sprit. There will be
days when you just don’t want to
work at your education.
HELP AND OTHER RESOURCES
Here are some additional sites to help you with school
High School Preparation for University Work
A carefully planned program of high school courses provides
students with the best preparation for University work.
It can give them a definite edge in their undergraduate
studies and the opportunity to do advanced preparation
for their chosen field of study. Most important, students
who master certain basic subjects and skills in high
school substantially increase their chances of success
at the University.
Online Tutorials A-1 Tutor
High School Hub
BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
TEST STUDY SKILLS
Taking standardized examinations soon? Maybe
some of these sites can help you prepare for the examinations.
Tips for Avoiding Senioritis
The symptoms show up every year. High school seniors
try to balance extracurricular activities, a social
life, college admission, and perhaps a part-time job.
Somewhere along the way, home work begins to seem less
important. Then they get accepted to college, and after
that, high school seems even less important. School
work begins to slide--and so do their grades. The diagnosis?
When High School is a Drag: Avoiding Senioritis
A recently graduated high school student was once asked,
"What was the best thing about the senior year?"
The student responded, "Getting out!" This
response is not unusual because high school seniors
are notoriously uninterested in the last days of high
school. In fact, a term was coined to describe this
Avoiding Senioritis: I Can’t Wait to
Get Out of This Place
Springtime is when I often hear high school seniors
lament that they are sick of school. They are outward
bound and ready to go. High school no longer holds any
fascination for them. These comments are symptomatic
of a condition that all eachers of seniors have encountered,
senioritis. Senioritis is the sharply diminished interest
that seniors have in the conventional aspects of school
life. Symptoms include lack of interest in studies and
extracurricular activities, increased attempts to avoid
school, physical symptoms such as over sleeping, headaches,
and stomachaches and over all malaise. The seniors may
be ill tempered and curt. In short, they are hard to
live with and probably know it.
SUMMER READING FOR HIGH
Summer Reading Lists - Book Lists
The following lists provide you with a list of books
and tips for summer reading:
MANAGEMENT AND OTHER SKILLS
Personal Time Management Tool
How do you spend your time? Fill in this worksheet with
what you do in a normal school week. Use the results
to figure out where you might have some extra time.
See how you can improve your schedule.
Tick, tick, tick ... No, it's not the beginning to 60
MINUTES nor is it the dreaded crocodile coming to get
Captain Hook. It's time moving on. College students often
report that their inability to manage their time is the
biggest problem they face in college. Time management
is a skill few people master, but it is one that most
This section of Mind Tools shows you how to use personal
time management skills. These are the simple, practical
techniques that have helped the leading people in business,
sport and public service reach the pinnacles of their
Managing your time successfully implies accomplishing
what is most important for you. When you don't accomplish
what you truly want, you may feel confused, compromised,
Guide to Decision-Making
As a student, you must make hundreds of decisions, ranging
from what classes to take and what topic to address in
an assigned paper, to what career you will pursue and
who you will involve in a relationship.
The Decision Making Process - Choosing a Major
A seven stage decision-making cycle has been described
in seven steps.
Development of Decision-Making / Goal-Setting skills
is needed by students to help them make health-enhancing
choices, to choose behaviors that promote health and
reduce the risk of illness and injury. These skills
include the recognition of need and understanding of
how to make a decision or set a goal that is realistic.
Both decision-making and goal-setting skills are needed
to improve health status in each of the nine content
Ten Ways to Identify a Promising Person
It's also important to determine whether a
person is capable of learning leadership. The natural
leader will stand out. The trick is identifying those
who are capable of learning leadership over time.
Outstanding Student Leader Qualities
What are the qualities of outstanding student
Student Leadership Today
How can one define what a student leader truly is if there
are so many definitions? Well, I believe there are a few
main qualities every student leader needs, and also have
identified some of the reoccurring themes I have seen
in the words student leadership, words that seem to gain
recognition as the years progress.
Becoming a Leader
A leader may not always be a manager, and one
day you may see an opportunity to lead a project or team
within your group, but when do decide the time is right
and how do you go about becoming the leader?
Qualities of A Good Leader
The incoming class of LEAD Scholars worked in
their classes to define the characteristics of true leadership.
Become a Leader
To achieve success and become a leader, it is important
that you believe that your dreams can become a reality.
First, you must believe that you are a future leader.
You must believe in yourself and your abilities. Leadership
starts with confidence, a vision and an idea.
Students who demonstrate leadership abilities have a leg
up with colleges, universities and employers because,
like Superbowl tickets in January, leadership qualities
are in demand. Leading the pack is not always easy, but
the ability to go first will help you stand out in a stadium-sized
crowd of applicants and offer you plenty of other benefits.