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An increasing number of Web sites are making it possible for the motivated student to improve his/her study skills on their own. The types of assistance vary considerably, but they tend to be of high quality. Below are some, but by no means all, of our favorites.


This site from the Counseling Center at Virginia Tech. Gives the visitor an extensive list of links to resources to help improve his/her study skills on their own. Areas include: Time management, test taking, reading comprehension, concentration, note taking, analyzing essays, and much more.

Study Skills Help Page
The Development Studies Department of Middle Tennessee State University sponsors this site, which is a course to help high school students make the transition to college. Links include: taking notes, taking tests, essay exams, and much more.

Education World
The unique attribute of this site is that, rather than providing global suggestions to improve studying, links lead to ideas that are targeted to particular subjects (i.e., English, math, political science), etc.

Study Skills Doctor Ah-Clem's Webpages for Students
On these pages you will find the authorís carefully considered opinion of a number of websites having content related to Study Skills. Each of these is Graded with a varying number of stars. The siteís developer says, "Remember when reading my ratings, many sites are not developed for "general consumption" and therefore may serve the needs of a particular audience very well. To receive a lower rating is no reflection on the developer or the host site. I'm just trying to point students in the direction of the most useful sites first." The list of sites relating to study skills is, however, quite useful.

Sites to Promote Academic Success
The Psychology Department of the University of Northern Iowa sponsors this site with numerous practical suggestions to improve studying. Topics include: time management, goal setting, learning strategies, memory principles, organization, test taking strategies, and much more.

Research 101
This resource is "an interactive online tutorial for students wanting an introduction to research skills. The tutorial covers the basics, including how to select a topic and develop research questions, as well as how to select, search for, find, and evaluate information sources." While some of the information is specific to the University of Washington Libraries, this nationally- recognized tutorial has global utility.

Quick Study: Library Research Guide
This site from the University of Minnesota Libraries has eight modules designed to teach library research techniques. The modules include "the process of choosing a topic; designing a research strategy; finding different kinds of sources such as articles, books and internet sites; evaluating sources; [and] essential citation information." Although some of the information is specific to the UM, much of it can be applied to research in any library.

Study Guides and Strategies
The Study Guides and Strategies web site is authored, maintained, and revised on an on-going basis by Joe Landsberger, web site developer at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. It contains a comprehensive compendium of resources and study guides for learners available in 25 languages from Arabic to Turkish.

Academic Success Center
This excellent site is sponsored by the George Washington University Counseling Center's online guide to better academic results! Here you'll find a number of topics and links to resources that will help you study more effectively and improve academically. Links are arranged to make it possible to jump to any topic that pertains to your own situation. Forms and charts may be downloaded and printed as worksheets for your personal use.

Assignment Calculator
Do you or your students have trouble procrastinating? This site from the University of Minnesota libraries is too cool to pass up. It permits you to enter your project's due date and an optional subject area from a list of over 230 fields of study. You are then given a 12 step "how to" with specific date and time milestones for each step. There are also links that give advice on how to accomplish each step.

Bowdon College Writing Guide
This extensive guide to writing history papers is divided "into several categories: reading, writing, researching, and evaluating"; some topics about thesis writing are covered in depth in several different sections.

Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism
The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers this page on how students can avoid plagiarism. It provides a brief overview of contradictions in academic writing, actions that might be seen as plagiarism, and guidelines for researching, quoting, paraphrasing, and deciding if something is common knowledge. Includes exercises and a brief bibliography.

Synthesis: Using the Work of Others
From the University of Maine, Farmington, this tutorial explains plagiarism and its consequences and describes techniques for taking notes and quoting sources to avoid plagiarism. Includes a section on copyright, information about citing Web sources, and plagiarism and copyright infringement quizzes.

Assistance with Studying

School and Homework Help
As with everything else from The Internet Public Library, this is an excellent page, specifically adapted for the high-school or middle-school student. You will find links to information on procrastinating, time management, high-school study skills, writing guides, homework help, and a great deal more.

How to Study and Learn Effectively
This is an excellent, highly accessible page by Dr. Dennis Masino and Dr. Jackie Giuliano focusing on methods for improving learning and note taking, differentt types of note taking software, ways of improving reading comprehension, and memorization techniques.

An increasing number of Web sites are making it possible for the motivated student to improve his/her study skills on their own. The types of assistance vary considerably, but they tend to be of high quality. Below are some, but by no means all, of our favorites.

Study Skills Self-Help
This site from the Counseling Center at Virginia Tech. Gives the visitor an extensive list of links to resources to help improve his/her study skills on their own. Areas include: Time management, test taking, reading comprehension, concentration, note taking, analyzing essays, and much more.

Study Skills Help Page
The Development Studies Department of Middle Tennessee State University sponsors this site, which is a course to help high school students make the transition to college. Links include: taking notes, taking tests, essay exams, and much more.

Education World
The unique attribute of this site is that, rather than providing global suggestions to improve studying, links lead to ideas that are targeted to particular subjects (English, math, political science), etc.

Study Skills Doctor Ah-Clem's Webpages for Students
On these pages you will find the authorís carefully considered opinion of a number of websites having content related to Study Skills. Each of these is Graded with a varying number of stars. The siteís developer says, "Remember when reading my ratings, many sites are not developed for "general consumption" and therefore may serve the needs of a particular audience very well. To receive a lower rating is no reflection on the developer or the host site. I'm just trying to point students in the direction of the most useful sites first." The list of sites relating to study skills is, however, quite useful.

Sites to Promote Academic Success
The Psychology Department of the University of Northern Iowa sponsors this site with numerous practical suggestions to improve studying. Topics include: time management, goal setting, learning strategies, memory principles, organization, test taking strategies, and much more.

Research and study Skills 101
This resource is "an interactive online tutorial for students wanting an introduction to research skills. The tutorial covers the basics, including how to select a topic and develop research questions, as well as how to select, search for, find, and evaluate information sources." While some of the information is specific to the University of Washington Libraries, this nationally- recognized tutorial has global utility.

Quick Study: Library Research Guide
This site from the University of Minnesota Libraries has eight modules designed to teach library research techniques. The modules include "the process of choosing a topic; designing a research strategy; finding different kinds of sources such as articles, books and internet sites; evaluating sources; [and] essential citation information." Although some of the information is specific to the UM, much of it can be applied to research in any library.

Study Guides and Strategies
The Study Guides and Strategies web site is authored, maintained, and revised on an on-going basis by Joe Landsberger, web site developer at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. It contains a comprehensive compendium of resources and study guides for learners available in 25 languages from Arabic to Turkish.

Academic Success Center
This excellent site is sponsored by the George Washington University Counseling Center's online guide to better academic results! Here you'll find a number of topics and links to resources that will help you study more effectively and improve academically. Links are arranged to make it possible to jump to any topic that pertains to your own situation. Forms and charts may be downloaded and printed as worksheets for your personal use.

Assignment Calculator
Do you or your students have trouble procrastinating? This site from the University of Minnesota libraries is too cool to pass up. It permits you to enter your project's due date and an optional subject area from a list of over 230 fields of study. You are then given a 12 step "how to" with specific date and time milestones for each step. There are also links that give advice on how to accomplish each step.

Bowdoin College Writing Guide
This extensive guide to writing history papers is divided "into several categories: reading, writing, researching, and evaluating"; some topics about thesis writing are covered in depth in several different sections.

Procrastination Central
Collection of research material and fun resources about procrastination, including quotes, links to websites (such as procrastination societies and tests), theories, studies, and more. From a professor of human resources and organizational dynamics who has written scholarly publications about procrastination.

A List of Calculators, Assessments & Useful Tools for College Students
"On the Internet, you can find a lot of calculators, converters, quizzes, and tools that can be used to perform various tasks to lighten your burden. Hereís a collection of interactive tools on the web that calculate, estimate, translate, evaluate, and essentially do the work for you." Of special interest may be the following:
GPA Calculator from the University of Missouri
Cumulative GPA Calculator
Math.com Calculators
In addition, there are excellent sections on foreign language translation programs, writing tools, research tools, quizs for self-improvement and assessment, as well as career tools and quizs.

Online Reference for Test Preparation
Offered by a test preparation company, this is an excellent, accessible site with detailed information on suggestions for test taking, developing good study habits, note taking, reducing test anxiety, minimizing cramming, avoiding procrastination, and more. Although primarily designed for students from middle school through college, there is something here for almost any learner.

Test Prep
A collection of excellent articles written on test preparation tips and techniques by a professional in the field. Of special interest are articles on preparing for the ACT, SAT, improving vocabulary, enhancing critical reading skill, and more.

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