This guide provides a quick overview of the different common disabilities some college students have and the different resources and technologies available to them.
Exam and Test-Taking Strategies
- Exam Prep Tips (SUNY - University of Albany): Nervous about your upcoming test or exam? Read these tips on how to get rid of that test anxiety and turn your attitude into one that will help you succeed!
- Quizlet (flash cards): Quizlet.com is a handy studying website that allows you to take practice tests, quizzes, games, and review flashcards created by other students or teachers in almost every subject. You can study the information already provided or even create your own tests, quizzes, games and flashcards!
- Study Blue (flash cards): Studyblue is a mobile App that allows you to create your own personalized flashcards and study them on your device. It incorporates different study methods including review sheets, flashcards, and quizzing.
Memory and Memorization
- Memory Improvement Techniques (Mindtools.com): Helpful website with information on using mnemonics, a specific technique to help with memorization.
- Memorization Strategies (Univeristy of North Carolina - Chapel Hill): Information on different strategies to memorize mass amounts of information.
- Lumosity (memory training): App with different games to train your brain for better memorization skills and to improve your ability to pay attention.
Note Taking Strategies
- Note Taking Tips (Notetakinghelp.com): Helpful website with tips on note taking such as “Keeping Your Notes Organized” and “How to take Notes on a Difficult Subject”. The website also has subcategories like “What Do I Do to Prepare for Class” and “What Do I Do with My Notes after Class” to help you take full advantage of great note taking strategies.
- Note Taking (Dartmouth College): The Dartmouth Academic Skills page has both handouts and useful videos on note taking. There are also informative links for note taking, listening, and participation.
- Mind Mapping with MindMeister: -MindMeister is a helpful organizational note taking app that you can use on your computer as well as a tablet, or phone. For video tutorials check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfIAqr6cBX4 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQxxl3TZYKE
- Evernote (note-taking): An advanced note taking utility, Evernote allows you to sync your notes across multiple platforms so your notes are always within reach. Evernote also gives you the power to better organize your notes and to share them with other members to help you succeed. For a video tutorial of Evernote, please watch either https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO9wQ3yP95w or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxMJGtBXkvc
Reading and Writing
- Reading Strategies (Dartmouth College): List of resources to help you become more efficient in your reading and retain more information. Also includes a video on reading improvement and links for taking notes while you read.
- Essay Writing Tips: Includes links for how to write different types of essays, help with the stages of the writing process, formatting for citations, ideas for topics by subject, and common mistakes made while writing.
Stress and Anxiety Management
- Reading on Stress Management (Mindtools.com): List with many resources on what stress is, how to manage it, many types of coping strategies, and how to relax.
- Stress Management (Dartmouth College): This website has links to many different handouts that will help you understand what stress is, prepare for tests, and learn to relax and reduce stress levels.
Time Management and Procrastination
- How to Plan an Assignment (Wayne State University): This website allows you to put in an assignment due date and then divides the 12 steps to finishing the paper into daily due dates. Each date provides extra information on how to complete the tasks required.
- Overcoming procrastination (Mindtools.com): Website that defines procrastination and provides three steps for how to understand and manage your procrastination habits.
- On Procrastination (Kansas State University): This website can help you understand when procrastination becomes a problem, the 6 most common reasons for procrastination, the areas where you personally procrastinate the most, and how to overcome procrastination.
- Procrastination Solutions (Oregon State University): List of 10 strategies to use in daily life to combat procrastination.
- Studious (course management): App that not only reminds you when you have homework due or a test to study for but also has the ability to keep your phone on silent during class times.
- Fantastical (calendar): App that easily allows you to create events in your calendar and edit them on the go so that you can schedule out your time successfully.
- IDoneThis (to-do manager): Helpful program that sends you emails every night asking you to respond to it and record how you were productive that day to hold you accountable. Allows you to congratulate friends on a productive day if they also subscribe to the email list.
- TeuxDeux (to-do manager): App that allows you to create to-do lists in an easy way that also allows you to make edits and check things off.
General Resources and Applications
- Understanding Assignments (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill): Use this handout to learn how to decode what your professor wants from an assignment. Most professors follow a similar format for each assignment, and this sheet can help you understand it and then get started!
- How To Study (Howtostudy.org): This website will be split into different categories. This website has many great links to information on a variety of subjects including: organizational tips, study environment, how to get motivated, researching, concentration, and information on how to study based on the subject.
- SelfControl (concentration): App that blocks computer access to websites that could be a source of distraction.
- Scribd (document sharing): Website that allows for document sharing and gives you access to e-books and written publications.
- Dropbox (cloud storage): This site provides document storage that can be accessed from devices anywhere. It also allows you to share documents with other people.
- Science Glossary: App that defines science terms and provides biographical information about scientists.
- Implementing Your Strengths: to help you determine how you can best apply your greatest talents towards strengths and academics.