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On this Resources page, the Center for Student Success & other collaborators provide helpful handouts (& additional links) to use as study guides, reference, review, or refreshers. Learn habits & strategies to make the most of your study time & 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 & view online, or you can print them out to keep with you.

Student Success

StudyingHere you'll find handouts & 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 is available at 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 & make a plan for being successful. 

Habits for Successful Students (PDF)Math Lab
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 & 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 & exercises for making the most out of your classes.

Study Skills 

The Biology CenterConcept Mapping (PDF)
A guide on how to visualize information/concepts you need to see, understand, & 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 & preliminary questions to ask about how you use your study time.

Test Stress & 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.  

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Time Management

Time Management Matrix (PDF)
An exercise that helps you identify how to prioritize your work, goals, & commitments.  

Time Management Tips (PDF)
A beginner's guide to time management, followed by a weekly calendar template & 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 & strategies on how to study for math, in & outside of class. 


Reading & 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 & your thesis statement, & how to get started writing your thesis.

Plagiarism: What Is It & How Do I Avoid It? (PDF)
A brief guide to what plagiarism is & how we give proper credit to an author's words or ideas.

Some additional resources on study tips, writing, research, & learning in general:

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