On this Resources page, the Center for Student Success provides helpful handouts (and additional links) to use as study guides, reference, review, or refreshers. Learn habits and strategies to make the most of your study time and to hone those skills that will help you succeed not just as a student, but as a professional in your chosen career. The handouts are easy to access and view online, or you can print them out to keep with you.
Here you'll find handouts and exercises that will help you adjust to life as a student, whether this is your first or last semester. The work/life/school juggle can be a lot to manage (pandemic or not)! At one time or another, everyone faces stress or uncertainty about how to keep working toward their goals as a student. The resources the Center for Student Success provides you are important in all times of sudden challenge or change to your routines/schedule.
Your First Six Weeks: A Checklist (PDF)
A weekly checklist for the first 6 weeks of the semester. Check off the boxes each week.
Adjusting Your Study Habits for Online Learning (PDF)
A reference guide on how to adjust your studying and make a plan for being successful.
Habits for Successful Students (PDF)
A visual guide on the pro-tips of being a student (on top of your other commitments).
How to Write an Email to Your Instructor (PDF)
A quick anatomy of a professional email, and why they matter.
Learning Readiness Self-Reflection (PDF)
An open-ended question activity to spark your thinking about how you learn best.
Online Learning Strategies (PDF)
Some active learning strategies and exercises for making the most out of your classes.
Concept Mapping (PDF)
A guide on how to visualize information/concepts you need to see, understand, and analyze.
Focused Study Sessions (PDF)
A step-by-step guide on how to make the most out of your study sessions.
How Do I Take Notes? (PDF)
A self-reflection exercise to start thinking about what note-taking style works for you.
Study Smarter Not Harder (PDF)
Some important study tips, and preliminary questions to ask about how you use your study time.
Test Stress and Prep (PDF)
A self-reflection exercise to start thinking about how you prepare for a test.
The Study Cycle (PDF)
A visual guide to help you build effective studying into your everyday life.
Time Management Matrix (PDF)
An exercise that helps you identify how to prioritize your work, goals, and commitments.
Time Management Tips (PDF)
A beginner's guide to time management, followed by a weekly calendar template and planning exercise.
Weekly Project To-Do List (PDF)
A visual planning chart to start breaking down bigger projects into manageable goals.
Math Study Tips (PDF)
Some proven tips and strategies on how to study for math, in and outside of class.
Reading and Writing
Building An Outline (PDF)
A general guide for building your essay outline, followed by an outline template to start organizing your writing.
How to Write a Thesis Statement (PDF)
An intro to the differences between your essay topic and your thesis statement and how to get started writing your thesis.
Plagiarism: What Is It and How Do I Avoid It? (PDF)
A brief guide to what plagiarism is, and how we give proper credit to an author's words or ideas.
Some additional resources on study tips, writing, research, and learning in general:
- New York College Learning Skills Association
- Khan Academy
- OWL The Purdue Online Writing Lab
- MLA Style Center
Be sure to check out our very own Learning Resource Center page. Go to MySUNYOrange to access a wealth of information!