Academic Support

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 exploration

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.

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. Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire

VARK: A Guide to Learning Styles

Critical Thinking

This section has links to critical thinking and problem-solving ideas.

Study Guidelines and Strategies with many topics other than critical thinking – other languages also

Mind Tools with section on critical thinking

Disabilities/Learning Strategies Related Links

These sites provide information for students with learning disabilities:

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)
several study skills guides to review
Study Skills help page from professor at Middle Tennessee State University


Discusses the importance of setting goals and how to set effective academic goals.

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

Algebra to Differential Equations


These sites can give you guidance to improve your memory and concentration to aid in studying more effectively.

Several ideas on memory techniques to explore


Tips on note-taking and several different styles of note-taking to review

Topics include-purpose of note-taking, NT strategies, how to take notes in class, and what to do with notes after class

Online Workshop

These links have interactive workshops and videos on numerous different study skills and are well worth reviewing.

LSU study strategies – review numerous handouts and register as guest to review several online workshops for study skills

 Online workshops on time management,memory, reading, note-taking, and exam prep

Reading College Textbooks

Need help in learning how to get the most of reading your college textbooks? Look at these links:

How To Study – Click on Resources and find reading textbooks, lots or sites to review

Online video on how to read a college textbook

Stress Management

Visit these sites for help with stress management techniques:

Help Guide

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:

How To Study – Most all subjects
Physics Classroom Several tutorials for various subject material in Physics

Academic Resources Core  Numerous content subjects to include Calculus, Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Psychology, and much more

Test Anxiety

Anxious about taking tests? These sites can help you discover techniques to overcome test anxiety:

How To Study – See Beating the Big Bad Wolf video

Test Anxiety and numerous other topics to investigate

Test Preparation

Looking for better ways to prepare for college exams-review these sites:

Study Guides and Strategies  Information on test preparation and test-taking

Study tips – online workshop on test preparation

Time Management

Finding it hard to balance all your responsibilities and school? Visit these sites for some time management strategies:

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 Study and create flashcards
Study Stack Study and play with data online as flashcards, hangman, crossword puzzle, matching, and more
Flash Card Exchange Ability to create, study, share, and print flashcards in numerous different subjects

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:

Louisiana Tech’s writing Center with useful information of the writing process to include plagiarism

Links to other websites to help with writing issues