Academic Success Center
Tips & Resources
Notes are an important part of the study process, but to get the most out of them, you need to learn how to take them well. Here are some links to different methods that you can try alone or in combination to find what works best for you.
Sample Note Taking
A sample of a note taking page using two-column notes
Tips for Taking Lecture Notes
Tips to help you take better notes
10 Ways To Review and Edit Your Notes
Tips on how to review and edit notes
The 5 R’s of Note taking
A method of taking notes created by Cornell University
Methods on how to organize Notes effectively
Reading & Writing
Text to Speech Software
If you are an auditory learner, consider using a text to speech software such as the Kurzweil machine in the library, or something like NaturalReader which can be downloaded on your computer. (Natural Reader is linked here because we know it has a free component, but there are other programs that can be purchased.)
UIndy’s Writing Lab
For more information about UIndy’s writing lab (located on the 2nd floor of Krannert Memorial Library) and the services they offer.
How to Recognize Plagiarism
Indiana University website on plagiarism. This site includes definitions and examples of plagiarism, and a quiz to see if you can recognize the various forms of plagiarism.
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab
Basic Time Management Tips
Time Management is an important key to succeeding in college. While there is no “one-size-fits-all” method to ensure that you use your time efficiently, we suggest that you try these tips to help devise a time management system that works for you.
The Fall Semester-on-a-Page is a useful tool for plotting out due dates for the semester. Using the syllabus for each class, fill in the due dates for assignments, papers, projects, and exams on the calendar. This one-page calendar will make managing your semester much easier.
Semester I Final Exam Calendar
Semester II On-a-Page
The Spring Semester-on-a-Page is a useful tool for plotting out due dates for the semester. Using the syllabus for each class, fill in the due dates for assignments, papers, projects, and exams on the calendar. This one-page calendar will make managing your semester much easier.
Semester II Final Exam Calendar
The Summer-on-a-Page calendar is a useful tool for plotting out due dates for summer classes. Using the syllabus for each class, fill in the due dates for assignments, papers, projects, and exams on the calendar. This one-page calendar will make managing your summer much easier.
This weekly schedule is used to plot out your weekly routine. Fill in the schedule with class times, practices, meetings, and regular activities.
Tips about Procrastination
Helpful tips to understand and overcome procrastination
A Personal Time Use Survey
There are only 24 hours in a day, and so much to do! It is recommended that you spend an average of 3 hours outside of class studying, for every hour that you spend in the classroom. Use this worksheet to figure out if you are spending your time wisely and efficiently.
Tests are extremely important for most college courses. Use the following strategies to be more effective and successful in both preparing for and taking your exams.
Additional Exam Strategies:
DETER Strategy For Test Taking
An easy-to-remember method for taking tests.
10 Steps Towards Better Test Taking
Tips for taking an exam.
QUOTE Strategy For Test Taking
Strategies for answering essay exam questions.
Online Resources to Help Prepare for Exams:
Cost Per Class
Calculate the cost per class of your education
100 Things to do Before You Graduate
100 things a student at the University of Indianapolis should do before they graduate.
UIndy Textbook Tutorial
Free Apps for College Students
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