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Student Success Skills Sources - LSC-CyFair

Selected Web Sites

Learning Styles

  • Barsch Inventory from Indiana University South Bend - provides an interactive survey to assess your preferred learning style
  • Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire from Barbara A. Soloman & Richard M. Felder at North Carolina State University - features a quiz that helps you determine what techniques or situations help you learn
Study Strategies
  • Goal Setting (PDF file) from Utah State University Academic Resource Center - features steps on how to plan and reach your educational goals
  • How to Beat Procrastination from Willamette University - includes realistic steps to take when trying to overcome this habit
  • Concentration (PDF file) from Utah State University Academic Resource Center - provides a list of barriers to keeping your focus tasks and a checklist of how to stay focused
  • Anxiety/Stress Management from Barnard College - helps you identify symptoms of stress and how to alleviate it safely
  • Managing Your Time from Dartmouth College Academic Skills Center - provides planners, tips, and a quiz to determine your planning skills
  • Mnemonics/Memory Techniques (PDF) from Bucks County Community College - tips on improving memory based on learning styles and acronyms
  • Note Taking Systems from Cal Poly Student Academic Services - provides methods for organizing and taking notes
  • Stress and College Students from University of Florida Counseling Center - provides practical tips and strategies for identifying and handling stress
 
Writing/Presenting
  • Avoiding Plagiarism-Safe Practices from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) - when/how to give credit to information sources
  • Giving an Oral Presentation from University of Canberra (Australia) provides some guidelines on how to prepare and give a successful talk on a topic
  • Guide to Grammar & Writing from Capital Community College - provides tips on word choice, sentence structure, paragraphs, and research paper writing, etc.
  • Speeches from The Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - provides ideas for writing and delivering a successful speech
  • Writer's Web Topic Index & Search Engine from University of Richmond Writing Center - includes help guides on grammar, citation styles, and editing among other topics
 
Reading/Listening
  • Listening and Note Taking from Cuesta College Academic Support - gives basic cues and clues for paying attention to main ideas and key points 
  • Reading and Understanding Texts from the University of Victoria Counselling Services - provides practical tips for organizing and understanding textbooks
  • SQ3R Reading System from Columbia College of Missouri Writing Center - lists strategies to help you remember what you read
 
Math/Science
  • Writing Lab Reports or Research Reports (PDF file) from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) - highlights essential elements of a lab or research report in the sciences
  • Math Strategies & Study Tips from University of Illinois at Chicago Academic Center For Excellence - provides simple tips for understanding how to study and take tests in mathematics
  • Math Study Skills from University of California at Berkeley Learning Skills Center - includes steps to keep up with assignments and taking math tests
  • Success in Mathematics from Saint Louis University Department of Mathematics and Computer Science - provides practical tips for studying math and testing well
 
Testing
  • Self Help-Taking Tests from Texas A&M Student Counseling Service - provides great tips for doing well on tests including specific strategies for different types of tests such as essay, multiple choice, etc.
  • Test Anxiety from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center - identifies a coordinated plan to start test review early to minimize anxiety
 
Books, Videos, Etc.
 
Use the key words below to find library materials on the following subjects in the Lone Star College–CyFair Branch Library or search other topics in the library catalog.
 
  • adult learning
  • college student orientation
  • college students conduct of life
  • learning disabled higher education
  • mathematics study psychological
  • mnemonics
  • note taking
  • public speaking
  • reading higher education
  • students time management
  • study skills
  • success psychological
  • test taking skills
 
Magazine Articles
 
Search for student success skills articles in:
 
 
NOTE: Use your library card number to search for articles off campus.

Search Tips:

Use 1-3 important topic words or phrases separated by "and"

EXAMPLES:
time management and college
study skills and college
test anxiety
 
Success Tips from Lone Star College–CyFair Students
 
NOTE: Thanks to all the Lone Star College–CyFair Students and Faculty Members that provided support and input for this project to gather student tips on success skills.
 
To help me remember what I read in a textbook, I . . .

Take notes as I go and highlight important info and write down every definition that is given in each chapter and put the page numbers in my notes to reference it to my book. Also I take notes in the margins. - ALC/Business Finance major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Highlight then come back & review again later that same day. - Travis/Undecided major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Teach it to my younger sister and Mom. Don't teach it the way it is in the book. Put it in a chart. Make it better, clearer to understand. Your textbook is merely a tool. - RLK/English major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Make my own notes about the text with my own interpretation. - Johnathan/A.A.S./Lone Star College–CyFair
 
To recall key points or lists for a test, I . . .

Use mnemonics or sometimes memorize the list in the tune of a popular song and sing it to myself over and over again. - MKS/Veterinary Medicine major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Make flash cards. - LT/Economics or Marketing major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Use acronyms. - Angela/Spanish & Sign Language Interpreter major/Lone Star College–CyFair & KAS/Elementary Education major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Think of familiar comparisons to help remember. - CLV/Undecided/Lone Star College–CyFair
 
When I am faced with going to work, running errands, and several assignments to complete during the week, I . . .

Write everything in a planner so I will stay on task. - Travis/Undecided major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Try to sit down and create a schedule so I can see where I need to put the most emphasis. It helps set priorities. - Angela/Spanish & Sign Language Interpreter major/Lone Star College–CyFair
 
When I need to practice a class presentation, I . . .

Do it for my family a few times. No one will be as brutally honest with you as your family. - RLK/English major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Stay in a quiet, clear, uncluttered room by myself and recite it to myself sometimes even in front of a mirror. - MKS/Veterinary Medicine major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Rehearse and write on note cards. - BSJ/Business/Lone Star College–CyFair
Practice out loud in front of friends to get feedback. - EW/Communications major/Lone Star College–CyFair & Angela/Spanish & Sign Language Interpreter major/Lone Star College–CyFair
 
When I feel stressed out about classes, dating, my job, etc., I . . .

Go for a jog - SD/Nursing major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Talk to my friends/family or when I just need to relax, I read a non-school related book/magazine or go see a good movie. - CJA/Psychology major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Usually go the gym or go running - Brian/Business major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Do some yoga or meditate on a peaceful topic..go to my happy place if you will! Plus I always pray if I think things are getting too hectic. - MKS/Veterinary Medicine major/Lone Star College–CyFair
Evaluate my priorities. What's most important? Is stressing out about a test or a job important, or is studying for a test and doing my job more important? Stress is not going to do the work for you. - Johnathan/A.A.S./Lone Star College–CyFair

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monica.r.norem@lonestar.edu
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