Reading and writing skills are important in college level courses in order to complete assignments, papers, and tests, as well as aid success in post-college employment. Staff can assist the development of these by helping students improve their reading comprehension, grammar, language, and word use.
Developing good study skills is important to college success and in the completion of assignments and tests. Staff can help students increase their study skills by teaching them how to practice using different strategies, such as use of flashcards, rehearsal, mnemonics, charts, or diagrams. Staff can also assist in the development of time management strategies that will increase study skills.
Test preparation is necessary in order to perform well on college tests. Students can improve their test preparation by reviewing for their test early, developing good study skills, having good notes to study from, studying in a comfortable environment, making sure they have slept and eaten before the test, choosing a comfortable seat or area of the room to take the test in, and by practicing relaxation strategies before the test.
Memorization of course material is helpful in college courses. Staff can aid students in this process by teaching them various strategies, such as developing acronyms or mnemonics, visualizing images, charts, or diagrams, developing a catchy song or phrase to help remember a concept, practice repeating topics or concepts out loud, and re-writing notes multiple times.
Staff Specialists: Bruce Cramer
Time management is a necessary skill to develop in order to successfully manage college, as well as life. Tips for time management include making lists with important tasks and the time it takes to complete them, monitoring time by training yourself to look at a clock or watch throughout the day to make sure you are on task, and keeping track of what tasks need to be completed first.
Research projects work to answer scientific questions, theories, or hypotheses. Research projects are regularly completed in undergraduate and graduate level courses. These projects can take the form of papers, PowerPoint presentations, or other media. Staff can assist students with organizing and developing projects, including learning how to select an interesting topic, look up information on the topic using the library and internet, and develop a paper or project based on research.
Staff Specialists: Bruce Cramer
Test taking skills are important in order to successfully take exams. Staff can help students improve their test taking skills by working on strategies such as time monitoring during tests, pacing, reading each question carefully, blocking the answers when reading each question, completing the easiest questions first (or completing the questions worth the most points first), reviewing the test once finished, keeping a positive attitude, and trying to stay relaxed during the test.
Note taking is the practice of writing down information from a textbook, lecture, or lab in an organized way in order to use it to study with and write papers. Staff can assist students in the development of these skills through one-on-one meetings. Tips to increase note taking skills include writing down key points or main points that are bolded or stated repeatedly, keeping notes organized by date or topic, and using a consistent format for all notes (for example, an outline, bullets, or a chart/table). Develop a system that works well for you individually, and don’t worry if your notes are sloppy, you can re-write them later.
Staff Specialists: Mary Ellen Moriarty
ESL language development skills can be developed for students who speak a different native language and are learning English as their second language. Services can help students increase their knowledge of English terms, acronyms, abbreviations, grammar, and vocabulary.
Test anxiety is a feeling of being overwhelmed, worried, and nervous before or during a test. Test anxiety can have mental and physical effects, such as rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, or feeling nauseous. Staff can help students cope with test anxiety by teaching them about strategies such as developing good study habits, preparing for tests well in advance of the test, arriving early for the test, eating and sleeping well before the test, managing time, reviewing past tests to determine what topics need extra studying, and using relaxation strategies during the test such as slow, deep breathing, meditation, and positive thinking.
Staff Specialists: Mary Applegate