Counseling Services offers a variety of study improvement programs to assist you in maintaining academic success. Our goal is to help you develop a study plan to incorporate study skills and lifestyle habits that will enhance your objective of increasing your academic performance. If you are looking at this site, you may already realize that you may have some academic concerns. Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Are you finding it harder to make the same grades that you made in high school?
2. Do you not have enough time to get all the things that are assigned to you completed in a timely manner?
3. Are you studying the test material only a day or two before the exam (like in high school) and wondering why you are not passing the exams?
4. Are you reading a textbook and find yourself asking the question, "What did I just read?"
5. Is note-taking in a lecture class a nightmare for you?
6. Do you feel anxious and nervous before each exam?
7. Do you not know your professor's name much less where his/her office is located or the professor's office hours?
If you answered YES to ANY of these questions you are at the right place for some academic help. This site contains lots of information and links to include: study tips, how to study for college exams, test anxiety, memory and concentration, note-taking, time management, learning styles and much more. In addition, there are some online assessments to evaluate study habits, time management, and test anxiety. This site will link you to upcoming workshops that are offered each quarter to increase your academic success on the following topics- basic study skills, reading your college textbook, note-taking, time management, test anxiety, stress management, memory and much more.. Plus, there is listed numerous outside links for further information about study skills to help with most academic concerns identified by students. If your discover you need further help with academic survival skills, please call the Counseling Center at 257-2488 for either enrollment in a group setting or and individual appointment.
Additionally, Counseling Services offers the Smart H.A.B.I.T.S. Academy for those students that are on probation or "at risk" for academic suspension. Students who are interested in increasing their GPA are also welcome. Students can be referred from a professor or dean or a self referral.
Contact Counseling Services at 257-2488 for more information about the Smart H.A.B.I.T.S. Academy.
Academic Study Skills Links
NOTE: While the following links are provided here in the belief that the information contained on these sites will be of use to you as a Louisiana Tech student, they connect to sites not sponsored or maintained by Louisiana Tech Counseling Services or Louisiana Tech University. No guarantee, expressed or implied, is made concerning the reliability of or access to information at such sites, nor regarding privacy of your information as you visit those sites.
Several self-assessments are listed to help you discover your study habits, time management skills, learning styles and much more.
http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html (Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire)
http://www.vark-learn.com (VARK: A Guide to Learning Styles)
This section has links to critical thinking and problem-solving ideas.
http://studygs.net/ (Study Guidelines and Strategies with many topics other than critical thinking -other languages also)
http://www.mindtools.com/pmi.html (Mind Tools with section on critical thinking)
Disabilities/Learning Strategies Related Links
These sites provide information for students with learning disabilities:
http://www.ldanatl.org (Learning Disabilities Association of America)
http://www.ldonline.org (Learning Disabilities information online)
http://www.learningally.org/ (Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic. Taped textbooks and e-text resources for the visually impaired and the learning disabled)
General Study Sites (Mega Sites)
Excellent mega study sites with include all topics of academic success. These sites are a must see.
How to Study (Lots of valuable information to review a top pick from students across the country)
Study Guides (Pages of information arranged a very orderly manner, excellent site)
http://www.dr-bob.org.vpc/virtulets.html (Unabridged virtual pamphlets on college life subjects from A-Z, huge amount of information, worth visiting)
http://www.bucks.edu/~specpop/index.htm (Excellent resource to begin looking at how to study successfully)
http://lifelearning.utexas.edu/ (Lots of good information on study skills look at tabs "I need help" and "handouts")
http://academic.cuesta.edu/acasupp/as/200INDEX.HTM(several study skills guides to review)
http://frank.mtsu.edu/~studskl/ (Study Skills help page from professor at Middle Tennessee State University)
http://www.maclife.mcmaster.ca/academicskills/online_resources.cfm (Excellent videos on study skills averaging about 4-5 minutes on numerous study skills subjects can be downloaded to phone or MP3 player)
Discusses the importance of setting goals and how to set effective academic goals.
http://www.dr-bob/org.vpc/virtulets.html(Subject index from A-Z to include setting goals under study skills section)
http://studygs.net/ (Over 100 topics in many languages to include setting goals)
http://www.howtostudy.org/ (Numerous sections to include setting goals)
Math Study Help
Need some help with Math? These sites have useful information on Math from Algebra to Calculus
http://www.mathpower.com/ (Good math review)
http://www.SOSMath.com (Math help from Algebra to Calculus)
http://www.Dr.Math.com (Math help from Algebra to Calculus)
http:/www.wtamu.edu/academic/anns/mps/math/mathlab/ (Virtual Math lab to help with college algebra)
http://calculus.org (Help with Calculus)
http://mathcs.slu.edu/undergrad-math/success-in-mathematics (Excellent study tips for Math)
These sites can give you guidance to improve your memory and concentration to aid in studying more effectively.
http://www.howtostudy.org/ (Click on resources and explore the different areas to include concentration and memory)
http://sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/memorization.html (Helpful tips on memorization)
http://www.mindtools.com/memory.html(Several ideas on memory techniques to explore)
Tips on note-taking and several different styles of note-taking to review
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills//video/index.html (Video on note-taking)
http://sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl.html (describes several types of note-taking strategies)
http://www.studygs.net/ (Section on how to take notes)
http://www.howtostudy.org/ (click on resources and scroll to note-taking page several links to how to take notes)
http://studytips.admsrv.ohio.edu/studytips/ (Step by step online workshop on how to take notes)
http://www.notetakinghelp.com/ (Topics include-purpose of note-taking, NT strategies, how to take notes in class, and what to do with notes after class)
These links have interactive workshops and videos on numerous different study skills and are well worth reviewing.
http://www.lsu.edu/learn (LSU study strategies-review numerous handouts and register as guest to review several online workshops for study skills)
http://studytips.admsrv.ohio.edu/studytips/ (Online workshops on time management,memory, reading, note-taking, and exam prep)
http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdyhlp.html (Online workshops, assessments, and handouts on this website)
http://www.maclife.mcmaster.ca/academicskills/online_resources.cfm (Excellent videos on all types of study skills averaging about 4-5 minutes on numerous study skills subject and can be downloaded to phone or MP3 player)
Reading College Textbooks
Need help in learning how to get the most of reading your college textbooks? Look at these links:
http://www.howtostudy.org/(Click on Resources and find reading textbooks, lots or sites to review)
http://www.studygs.net/ (Scroll until find section on reading textbooks)
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills///video/index.html (online video on how to read a college textbook)
http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdyhlp/html (Virginia Tech's handouts on reading college textbooks)
Visit these sites for help with stress management techniques:
http://www.dr-bob.org/vpc/vitulets.html (A-Z index of numerous topics including stress management)
Subject Specific (History, Accounting, Nursing, etc.)
These sites address specific course material found on college campuses, excellent resource if you need help in a particular subject or need to brush up a little:
http://www.howtostudy.org/ (Most all subjects)
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/ (Several tutorials for various subject material in Physics)
http://arc-links.weebly.com/ (Numerous content subjects to include Calculus, Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Psychology, and much more)
Anxious about taking tests? These sites can help you discover techniques to overcome test anxiety:
http://www.howtostudy.org/ (See Beating the Big Bad Wolf video)
http://www.studygs.net/ (Test Anxiety and numerous other topics to investigate)
Looking for better ways to prepare for college exams-review these sites:
http://www.studygs.net/ (Information on test preparation and test-taking)
http://www.ohio.edu/aac/tip/leture/step.htm(online workshop on test preparation)
Finding it hard to balance all your responsibilities and school? Visit these sites for some time management strategies:
http://www.ohio.edu/aac/tip/lecture/step.htm (Video on Time management)
http://www.howtostudy.org/ (Project calculator to help plan long term projects)
http://www.studygs.net/(Several guidelines on time management)
These are other websites that might be of interest to help with study skills. Be advised that some sites are commercial and may cost a fee
http://www.studystack.com (Study and play with data online as flashcards, hangman, crossword puzzle, matching, and more)
http://www.flashcardexhange.com (Ability to create, study, share, and print flashcards in numerous different subjects)
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/ (MIT Open Course Ware, free online classes from MIT, introductory page then click on courses)
Need help with writing a paper or presentation? review these sites:
http://www.latech.edu/barc/writing-center/index.shtml(La Tech's writing center with useful information of the writing process to include plagiarism)
http://www.latech.edu/barc/writing-center/links.shtml ( Links to other websites to help with writing issues)
Information about the Smart HABITS Academy and How to Enroll
The Smart HABITS Academy objectives are to facilitate the growth and development of students in both health lifestyle and academic choices. Smart HABITS Academy is ideal for those students that are "at risk" for either academic probation or suspension from the university. This is also ideal for the student that wants to increase their GPA. The Academy is designed to help students set goals in the areas of health issues, study habits, time management,, communication, problem solving, and finding purpose in life (career exploration).
The acronym HABITS stands for:
H- Healthy lifestyle choices (eating, sleeping, exercise)
A- Affect or Mood, becoming connected with the university and others and
having fun (fitting in)
B- Behavioral changes in areas of managing time, finances, and/work
I- Interpersonal relationships to include communication skills, conflict
resolution, and relationships with family and friends
T- Thinking to include more positive or beneficial choices in the areas of
decision making and developing better study skills
S- Spiritual means finding purpose in your life through either giving back to
the community or finding your purpose or passion in life with career
Individual assessments are done to determine where you are in both your lifestyle and academic development. Then, individualized activities in each of the HABITS areas will be designed specifically for you to increase your chances of staying at Tech and receiving your diploma. A certificate of completion is given to each student for documentation. If you are interested in starting the Smart HABITS Academy please call the Counseling Center at 257-2488 to make an appointment.