Study Skills

Study & Review Sites
HippoCampusInfopleaseKhan AcademyOpposing Viewpoints* — ProCon.orgQuizHubReadWriteThinkShmoop
*SCC students: check with librarian for password


Graphic Organizer & Mind Mapping Tools


The Best Techniques for Taking Notes
Organization is key with notes, and the more organized you are the better the chances you’ll actually remember that information. The basic idea of notes is to keep them short, but have enough triggers in the keywords to jumpstart your memory when you look at them again…
The Best Note-Taking Methods for College Students
One thing that most of the successful students have in common is that they use a note-taking method. A note-taking method will help you to prepare before the lecture and to review key concepts after a class. … In this article, we give an overview of the best note-taking methods for college students, on how to apply them and when you should or shouldn’t use them.
Cornell Note Taking Method
The Cornell method of note-taking is a simple way of organizing notes which also helps with later review.
How to Take Better Notes: The 6 Best Note-Taking Systems
In this guide, we’ll talk about how to prepare yourself to take good notes in class, introduce some popular techniques for taking notes, and cover the best ways to get the most out of your notes after class.
Sketchnotes 101: The Basics of Visual Note-taking
Sketchnotes are a way using layout and pictures to help organize information. If you like to doodle or find yourself always drawing lines to connect some information to some other information, this could be for you.

Note-Taking Apps

Evernote Mac, Win, mobile, online; (freemium)
Take notes anywhere. Find information faster. Share ideas with anyone. Meeting notes, web pages, projects, to-do lists… The free version is limited to 60 MB of storage space. Tools include Evernote Web Clipper and add-ons for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.
Google Keep online
Organized like online sticky notes, Google Keep lets you [c]reate, share, and work together on notes and lists. Make to-do lists, transcribe voice memos, take photos as reminders, and more. A handy Chrome extension makes it easy to save urls and notes.
OneNote Win, Mac, mobile, online; (freemium)
Microsoft’s popular free note-taking app. Allows simple note-taking, handwriting, notebooks, searching, and more features. Comes in both free and paid versions.
Simplenote Mac, Win, Linux, mobile, online
Simplenote is an easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas, and more. Keep notes on the web, your mobile device, and your computer. Find notes quickly with instant searching and simple tags. Share a list, post some instructions, or publish your thoughts. The clean simple interface makes it easy to use.
Zotero Mac, Win, Linux; (freemium); (especially for research)
A free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Paid accounts have larger storage space but are otherwise similar free ones. There is a Chome extension as well.

Planner Apps

Assignment Calculator online
Handy tool from the University of Minnesota which creates a work/study timeline for doing reports. Includes links to study guides and specific subject resources.
Assignment Tracker Google
Customizable Google Sheets template which can be used to keep track of what you need to do, how long you expect it will take, and whether it’s done yet.
Egenda iOS, Android
Egenda makes it simple to add multiple different types of assignments and manage day to day assignments.
myHomework Student Planner online, mobile, Chrome
myHomework is a digital student planner that lets you easily track your classes, homework, tests and projects so you never forget an assignment again! Free and pay versions.
My Study Life online, mobile, Chrome
My Study Life allows you to store your classes, homework and exams in the cloud making it available on any device, wherever you are.

Study Skills

5 Research-Backed Studying Techniques
[R]esearch shows that highly successful students actually spend less time studying than their peers do—they just study more effectively. Read more about these proven techniques in this article.
13 Effective Study Strategies to Help Students Learn
A psychologist discusses ways to lessen distraction, stay focused, and study effectively.
Dartmouth College Study Skills E-Guide To Academic Success
This ebook discusses the importance of the right mindset, defining your goals, study skills, and study strategies.
ergo Study Skills
This practical guide to research, essay writing and studying shows you how to find resources, write great essays and prepare for exams.
How To
Free study skills, study strategies, and study tips.
Study Skills Information
Time management, checklists, note taking, proofreading, and more.
Top 10 tips on how to study smarter, not longer
For more than 100 years, psychologists have done research on which study habits work best. Some tips help for almost every subject. For example, don’t just cram! And test yourself, instead of just rereading the material. Other tactics work best for certain types of classes. … Here are 10 tips to tweak your study habits.
WikiHow: How to Study (with Pictures)
Covers practical tips like setting up a study schedule, arranging your study space, and study techniques and strategies.
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