Learning and Study Skills

Learning Styles

Everybody has different ways of learning. Not everyone agrees on just how many different learning styles there are but it is thought that students can learn better if they tailor their study habits to their learning style. Use the following tests to find out how you learn and get study tips for your particular style. 

Learning Style Inventory

  • Quickest and most cursory of the assessments presented here
  • Provides brief but key recommendations for each style of learning

Felder’s Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire

Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences

Study Skills

Take Control of Homework

  • From Big Future by the College Board a site dedicated to helping students gain the skills they need to be effective students in college
  • Tips for establishing good study habits and help you deal with homework wore efficiently and effectively

How to Study for a Test

  • Another video from the WellCast series
  • Certainly not a comprehensive list of all the tools you might use to study for a test, but gives three approaches for different kinds of tests including essay questions

8 Ways to Control Your Time

  • From Big Future by the College Board a site dedicated to helping students gain the skills they need to be effective students in college
  • 8 simple habits to help you better manage your time

How to Manage Your Time Better

  • General video from WellCast primarily directed at managing your time at work but still provides a useful if broad approach to time management
  • Recommends a 3-step approach to time management

How to Stop Procrastinating

  • Another great video from WellCast
  • Provides a 3-step process for avoiding procrastination

Dartmouth Academic Skills Center – Active Reading: Comprehension and Rate

  • A solid overview of how to gain active reading skills to improve your comprehension and reading rate
  • Includes a variety of resources which address reading myths, how to use your textbook and how ensure you are in an environment conducive to reading
  • Resources included feature both documents and videos

Textbook Reading Strategies

  • PDF from Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lays out 4 stages of effective active reading
  • In depth descriptions of and step-by-step instructions to help you read your textbook better

How to Use Your Textbook

  • A short 10 minute video about how to approach reading your textbooks
  • Focuses on college textbooks

Cornell Notes

  • Cornell notes are one popular way of taking notes on lectures and readings
  • To get an idea of how to create Cornell notes, take look at this overview and example (PDF) or watch this how-to video
  • This template provides a visual overview of how to take Cornell notes
  • Use this template generator to print out Cornell note template pages so you don’t have to draw them out as you go

How to Take Great Notes

  • Another video from the WellCast series
  • General tips for taking notes for those who do not want to use something as formal as Cornell Notes

Criticalthinking.net for Students

Critical Thinking Web

  • Includes a definition of critical thinking
  • Quizzes and puzzles to help understand and practice critical thinking
  • Website of a companion textbook but provides access to a free mini guide as well as links to other resources including things like book recommendations, critical thinking assessments and critical thinking exercises

Explore the Elements of Critical Thinking

  • Use this wheel to explore the factors that should be examined when we think critically
  • Mouse over each wedge of the wheel for more information
  • From the foundation for critical thinking