study skills

Effective Time Management: An Important Study Skill

Students lead busy lives: they have to balance their coursework, jobs, family and social responsibilities, internship or volunteer hours… and, of course, have some rest and relaxation! To experience academic success, it’s essential that they put effective time management skills, habits, and strategies into place. A weekly study schedule can be of great help in their efforts to make the best use of their time. To put an even finer point on things, students can create specific “time blocks” devoted to studying within their weekly schedules. In Essential Study Skills, Eighth Edition, author Linda Wong offers her “essential strategies Read More…

Tips for Students: Become a Better Listener

Effective listening skills can help you go far in life. People appreciate it when they know you’re listening to them… so it’s an important “soft skill.” And of course, when you listen, you learn! For college students, there’s no better time than the present to build and develop their listening skills. In her book Practicing College Learning Strategies, Seventh Edition, Carolyn H. Hopper offers students several practical strategies that can help them to become better listeners. Share these suggestions with your students, and they may see an improvement not only in their skills, but in their grades and relationships!

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Tips for Students: Three Hints That Will Make You Want to Study

Your students’ eyes may not necessarily light up when you start talking study material, but you may notice that some dread reading and studying more than others. While some lucky students seem to have a passion for learning ingrained in them, many others need to find their motivation and a reason for dedicating their precious time to a subject. Read More…

Covering Study Skills for College Success in Your Class

In order for students to succeed in college, it’s essential that they adopt study skills and learning strategies that will enable them to master the material they’re covering in your courses. But in order to adopt them, they first must learn them. So, how do students learn study skills for college success? According to our recent Student Engagement Survey, most students pick them up in a variety of ways. Here’s how they responded:
  Almost three-quarters (72%) of the students said that they had taught themselves study skills. However, educators have also played an important role, as 48% said that Read More…

The GPS Strategy for Achieving Goals

Guest Contributor: Linda Wong, Lane Community College (retired). Goal-setting strategies help students create plans of action to achieve desired outcomes or goals. The GPS Strategy is a systematic three-step process that works as a roadmap to guide students on direct routes to plan and achieve goals.

G = Goals

Begin by taking the time to identify a clear, realistic goal. The goal may be a short-term or a long-term goal. The goal works best when it includes a well-defined target date and time to complete the goal. Aiming for a date and time of completion increases motivation and decreases the tendency Read More…

Tips for Students: Last-minute Study Tips for Finals Week

We work hard all through fall term to earn a much-needed Thanksgiving break, and afterwards, time flies right into final exam time! As you gear up your classroom for finals week, be sure to pass these top study tips for final exams on to your students or post them in your classroom for some extra advice.

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Top Study Tools and Methods Your Students are Using

With finals time right around the corner for many college students, it becomes even more important to learn what study tools and methods work best for each student. Cengage Learning recently surveyed over 3,000 college students to see what types of study tools and methods they use and what works best for them. Find out what strategies college students around the country find most beneficial. Read More…

Students’ Study Habits: What They Do, How They Do It

In our recent Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked a series of questions about students’ study habits. The responses will give you a window of insight into students’ attitudes and preferences. As you review these responses, you might consider the types of recommendations you could make to your own students who seek your advice about refining or improving their study habits.  

How do students prefer to study?

Of over four thousand students who responded:
    67% prefer to study alone
    23% prefer studying with a partner
    10% prefer to study in groups of three or more
As you can see, the majority of students stated that Read More…

Thanks to Enhanced WebAssign, Busy Student has Better Study Habits—and a Good Grade

Zak Kucera, a full-time sophomore at Northwestern University, knows what it’s like to feel frazzled. With short, intense quarters packed with classes like microeconomics, monopoly and antitrust, and geography, staying focused and on top of his studies is essential in order to not fall behind, and then find himself without the time necessary to catch up.

For his essential calculus course, the required materials included Essential Calculus from Cengage Learning, as well as Enhanced WebAssign. Zak found that he enjoyed Enhanced WebAssign right off the bat, as he usually does well with online programs. He felt that the program was not only a time saver but helped him master the concepts and retain what he was learning. At the end of the course, Zak ended up with an A-, which made him very happy.

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Enhanced WebAssign Helps Engineering Students Stay Focused and Better Understand Difficult Concepts

Debarghya Bhandary and Ajith Shajan, both engineering majors at Columbus State University, share the common goal of soon transferring to Georgia Tech to complete their
studies. In fact, Debarghya has already been accepted to Georgia Tech and plans to begin studies there in fall 2014. Where they differ is how tech savvy they consider themselves to be: Ajith admits that he “knows the basics” while Debarghya is much more advanced in his familiarity with technology.
For both students, tough science-based courses are the norm for them at Columbus State. Both are taking Linear Algebra, which includes Enhanced WebAssign as the online homework component, along with digital access to Ron Larson’s Linear Algebra text. Both Ajith and Debarghya liked the fact that Enhanced WebAssign allows you to go back and review and practice questions you don’t understand until you get it right, which helped them both prepare for quizzes and do well.

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