E-Tutor

Students, we realize that your class and work schedule does not always afford you the opportunity to utilize the resources of the Student Success Center. So in an effort to meet your needs we have compiled these resources to assist you when our offices are closed. Think of this site as your personal electronic assistant or E-Tutor.

  • Do you need to take and exam early or make up an exam due to illness?  Follow this link for instructions on how to have an exam proctored in the Student Success Center.

  • Do you need to access all of the resources from the Academic Coaching Binder in the SSC? Follow this link to view a pdf.

Internet Links

These links are here to assist you. However, since we do not administrate the content of these sites, we cannot guarantee the quality of the material. Website content changes frequently. Should you find a broken link, a site that no longer exists, or perhaps there is a website that you have found particularly helpful that you would like to share with other students, please email us and let us know so we can provide the best resources for all students. Note: All information on this site is provided as is, without warranty. Since we are giving information away, we cannot be held liable for incidental mistakes.

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Project Planning

  • Assignment Calculator - This tool from the University of Minnesota is designed to help you plan your research project breaking it into smaller segments. It can also jumpstart your research by providing some possible resources.

  • Research Project Calculator -This site is designed to help you plan project so that you get it done in bite sized chunks over time instead of pulling an all-nighter.

 

Paper Planning

  • Research it Right! -Yet another tutorial from Acadia University. This one gives some helpful hints for research, the process of gathering, analyzing, and communicating information.

  • Keyhole Essay Diagram - This page gives a basic model for paper writing. It helps you visualize the structure of your paper and organize your information.

  • You Quote It, You Note It! - A tutorial by Acadia University on how and why to avoid plagerism. this one is suprisingly fun.

  • Credible Sources Count - Another fun tutorial by Acadia University. This one is on how to evaluate web sources for a research paper.

Time Management

  • Time Management Guide - Well-developed student time management skills is a foundation of good study habits. This site provides a number of articles to aid students in establishing the time management skills to be successful.

  • Managing Your Time - Many students discover the need to develop or hone their time management skills when they arrive at college. This site from Dartmouth has resesources that students will find useful for structuring their time.

  • Academic Tips - This site's survey and formulas help you to create a time management system that fits your needs and gives some very useful tips.

  • Daily Activity Schedule - This weekly calendar allows you to schedule each day hour-by-hour.

  • Personal Time Management Chart - Using this page allows you to get an idea of how you spend your time by checking off the hours you spend doing a variety of activities.

Note Taking

  • Lecture Note Taking - Notes provide a record of the lecture content. They should help you to learn and remember the ideas and facts presented. Learn tips for identifying the focus of a professors (taken from CalPoly).

  • Note Taking (A Quick Reference) -This site contains some hints for surviving a lecture intensive course (i.e. a course in which the professor talks a lot and the student writes a lot). The first survival skill is notetaking.

  • Note Taking and In-Class Skills - This page lists some strategies to use in class to make sure you take adequate and useful notes.

  • Mind Mapping - This page provides instructions for creating mind maps, diagrams that show relationships between facts and ideas. A mind map can help you understand the connections between ideas in your notes.

  • Editing Lecture Notes - It's a good idea to reorganize and review your notes as soon as possible after a lecture. This pages provides some suggestions for editing notes.

  • Cornell Note Taking System - The Cornell system for taking notes is designed to save time but yet be highly efficient. There is no rewriting or retyping of your notes. It is a "DO IT RIGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE" system.

Study Skills

  • Study Guides and Strategies - This site contains a wealth of resources covering the following areas: studying, writing, reading, research, testing, math and science. There is also helpful information covering projects and group work as well.

  • Study Guide Zone -This site provides a variety of resources to assist students, including: notetaking, test preparation, reading tips, effective studying, test taking techniques, and various other tips for helping students succeed.

  • How to Study -Welcome to how-to-study.com. Please use the free study skills, study strategies, and study tips on this site.

  • Homework Center Study Skills - There is no secret to being a good student, it takes a lot of hard work! Good students follow these steps to achieve top grades.

  • Mind Tools - Skills to Help You Excel - This website provides a variety of articles and practical tips for improving study skills, note-taking, reading techniques (including speed reading).

  • Concentration - This page gives some basic guidelines for being able to concentrate while you study.

  • Remembering - This page describes several types of memory and gives some tips for successful memorization.

  • SQ3R - The SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review) is a reading and study skill system that helps you actually learn what you read.

  • Test Taking Skills - This page gives some good advice on what to do the night before a test, on test day, during the test, and after the test.

  • Study Skill Assessment - This study skill checklist helps you evaluate your own study habits and attitues.

  • Study Environment Analysis - This analysis sheet helps you determine your most productive study environment by evaluating the three places you study the most.

  • How to Read Essays You Must Analyze - This page outlines 10 basic steps for analyzing an essay.

Testing Resources

  • Tips for Better Test Taking -This website provides general tips for test preparation, test taking, and provides links to strategies for taking specific types of tests.

  • Test Taking Tips - This site provides a variety of resources. These resources include: test taking strategies, cramming techniques, and methods for reducing test anxiety.

  • Coping Strategies for Test Anxiety/Apathy - Too little anxiety (apathy) or too much anxiety (panic) are both problematic. A moderate level of anxiety gives energy and improves concentration.

  • Proctor an Exam in the Student Success Center - Need to take and exam early or make up an exam due to illness? Follow this link for instructions on how to have an exam proctored in the Student Success Center.

 

Grammar

  • Guide to Grammar and Writing - This helpful site provides helpful information of a wide variety of topics from grammar to sentence structure and includes resources for the entire writing process.

  • The Purdue Owl -Loads of helpful information about various grammar related topics in addition to paper writing helps (this site is provided courtesy of the Purdue University).

  • Integrating Sources - This resource, from Vanguard University, provides examples of the three basic ways you may use to integrate your reasearch material.

  • Citation Machine - A helpfule site that will actually created in-text as well bibliography citations for you, just plug in the required information. Provides both MLA and APA formats.

  • Run-on Sentences - This guide to run-on sentences, provided by Vanguard University, illustrates some of the most common mistakes and provide suggestions for splicing or fusing them.

  • Commas - This resource from Vanguard University provides examples of correct comma usage and exercises to test your knowledge.

  • Transitional Expressions - This quick reference, from Vanguard University, provides a helpful list of example transitional statements and their usage.

  • Editing Checklist - This writing resource, from Vanguard University, provides a checklist of items to look for when proofreading your paper.

  • Grammar Practice - This site provides short quizzes to help you learn the rules.

  • Fun with Grammar - This site has FUN interactive excersizes that test your grammar knowledge.

  • Quick and Dirty Grammar Tips - It's "Grammar Girl," and she has tips that you can either read or listen to in a podcast. Pretty as grammar websites go. This website actually has some interesting and entertaining stuff.

  • Spelling and Confusing Words - Because many words in English sound or look alike, frequently causing confusion, this list will be very helpful.

  • Grammar Book - Good resource for grammar rules and tips.

  • Elements of Style - The complete contents of The Elements of Style, the definitive guide to grammar and style, online and searchable.

Money Management

  • Debt Calculator - A handy-dandy credit card debt calculator from CNN Money.com

  • Hands on Banking - A free, fun financial education program covering the basics of smart money management. Covering topics such as: budgeting, saving, borrowing and more.

Mathematices

  • Math Basics - Covers everything from basic math to trigonometry, statistics, and calculus, with tables, tools, and lessons for every skill level.

  • Equations - Equations, constants, and symbols for algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and geometry, as well as many other types of conversions.

General Reference

  • Encyclopedia - Complete, searchable online content from various dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspapers, and magazines.

  • Internet Public Library - Thousands of articles and links on a world of topics courtesy of the Internet Public Library.