study skills

OWLBook: Improving Academic Outcomes in Chemistry at New Mexico State University

Is it possible to develop student study skills in general chemistry, while working to meet or exceed funding markers for success? In this study, follow the success of one program at New Mexico State University. Authored by Bill Vining, Susan Young, Roberta Day, and Beatrice Botch, OWLBook offered Dr. Dunlavy an assignable and online program specifically created to help students succeed in general chemistry classes.

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Aplia Helps Karen Hackley’s Students “Connect the Dots” Between Reading and Writing

In this success story, you’ll discover how Karen Hackley of Houston Community College used Aplia to promote proficiency, reinforce her classroom discussions and activities, and keep students involved and on track in her Integrated Reading and Writing course. You’ll also see how Aplia can help you reinforce key concepts, help students hone fundamental skills, and demonstrate the connection between reading and writing.
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Tips for Students: How To Reach Your Academic Goals in College

Upon starting up a brand new semester, every college student is given a fresh opportunity to re-evaluate his or her short- and long-term academic goals. Figuring out what you want to achieve and how you will go about it is no walk in the park, but in her book, 100% Student Success, Third Edition, Gwenn Wilson explains just why buckling down and setting academic goals is so important for college students. Goal setting is an important part of succeeding in college. By setting goals, you accomplish the following:

    You set a ‘road map’ for where you want to go.
    You
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What Strategies Help Students Concentrate on Their Studies?

Distractions can so easily tempt students away from focused concentration on their studies. They start out searching the Internet for a relevant resource… and they end up checking their Facebook profiles or watching yet another video on YouTube. They get up from their desks for a glass of water… and get derailed by a conversation with their roommates. They pick up their phone to check the time… and notice a text from a friend who’s inviting them out to the movies. Attempting to face these distractions without a “plan of attack” can prove detrimental to a student’s ability to remain Read More…


Students Divulge Their Study Habits

As you make your own preparations for the end of the term, your students’ push to study for final examinations, complete research papers, and wrap up final projects is also underway. Even with all your own activities on your mind, you may often stop to wonder what students are thinking and doing at this critical juncture. As part of Cengage Learning’s Student Case Study program, we asked our college student audience a few questions about their study habits. Below, we’ve shared some of the results; see if any of their responses surprise you, or if they align Read More…


Teaching Time Management

While in college, students tend to recognize their need for improved (or refined) time-management practices. In addition to their studies, students often balance jobs, family obligations, volunteer and social activities, and other responsibilities. Even the students with the best intentions may battle with a tendency towards procrastination; others may simply not yet be aware of the tools and strategies that will help them prioritize their time. And of course, they must all deal with the distractions that frequently become time-wasters that could possibly derail the focus and attention they devote to their studies. Given these factors, you Read More…


Tips for Students: Effective Test-Taking Strategies for Essay Exams

Just as athletes follow training plans that ready them for “game day,” motivated students adopt test-taking strategies that prepare them to do well on examinations (and, ultimately, in the courses they take). And, much as athletes will engage in exercises that develop specific muscle groups, students can take specific measures to strengthen their ability to complete the essay portion of an examination with competence and confidence. In her book Orientation to College Learning, Seventh Edition, Dianna L. Van Blerkom outlines a number of tips that can help students prepare for and take essay examinations. We’ve summarized them below:   To Read More…


Addressing Math and Test Anxiety

In your role as an instructor, you’ve probably seen the the detrimental effect that math or test anxiety can have on your students. And if you haven’t observed this for yourself, perhaps you’ve experienced test anxiety other forms of anxiety in your own life. Either way, you likely recognize that anxiety rarely, if ever, produces any positive results. In fact, it can hinder people from taking part in beneficial and meaningful activities, can rob them of the enjoyment of a potentially pleasurable activity, and can keep them from performing to the best of their abilities. If you would like to Read More…


Useful Tips that Encourage Students During the Writing Process

Great writing seems effortless. Yet if you’re at all familiar with the writing process, you’re keenly aware of that key word: “seems.” As much as seasoned writers are accustomed to and enjoy their work, even they occasionally struggle with motivation, groan when they notice a looming deadline, and face dry periods with little to show for their efforts beside a few words scribbled on a pad of paper. Therefore, what appears to the reader as a polished product represents hours of research, writing, and revision—not to mention the stress, frustration, and anxiety the writer may have experienced Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Read a Textbook

We read for many reasons: to stay abreast of current research and trends, to learn how to accomplish a certain task or develop a new skill, to keep up with the latest news, or perhaps simply to enjoy a well-told story. The way we read different types of material can vary as well. For example, you’re likely to read a journal article much more attentively than you would a piece you found in a popular magazine. Obviously, it benefits us to pay closer attention to the reading material that will have a lasting effect on our personal or professional lives. Read More…