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Ultimate Guide to Notetaking in Class

Guide to Note Taking in Class

This infographic gives you both the reason why to take notes, 3 different systems for notetaking as well as what to do before, during and after class.

College Success: the Definite Guide


Hot off the Press: Written by Tom Miller, an engineer, math and physics tutor, and independent learning fanboy.

Howtostudy says this is a must have guide with lots of new resources included. Be the first to access this FREE resource.  Remember you heard about it hear first!

College Success: The Definitive Guide

Ten Chapters

  1. Getting Organized and Plan for the Perfect Major, Classes and GPA
  2. Time Management 101: How to Be Super Productive
  3. Note Taking Fundamentals: How to Take Amazing Notes
  4. Effective Studying: How to Make it Stick
  5. How to Ace Your Exams
  6. How to Thrive in College: Stress, Sleep and Health
  7. Staying Motivated
  8. Friends, Fun and the College Experience
  9. How to Wow Recruiters and Land Your Dream Job
  10. More World-Class College Success Resources


Don’t have a printer? Try this cellphone tip.

Today was my first day. I don’t have a printer to print off weekly syllabuses my school refers to as “roadmaps”, so I figured out I’d screen shot the roadmaps on my phone and then “edit” and check off what I’ve completed thus far.

<i>Your cellphone can be used for more than just reminders. It is definitely looking like it will be my ” best friend” through out this new journey. Hopefully this hint helps someone else too! </i>

— Tip from howtostudy user.


How to look Confident

Going to college for the first time?  You may not feel so confident.  Don’t worry.  Check out this Infographic on how to look confident even when you’re not!!


The 100% FREE online tutoring platforms

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A two way video tool with a whiteboard and tools for math, chemistry and physics.  Think Skype with a whiteboard for one on one tutoring or a study buddy. The coolest thing is that you can text message a math problem from your textbook or the beginning of your writing paper into the collaborative board for the other person to mark up and talk about in real time!

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Are your papers due?

Funny? Maybe.  Panic time.

Why I forget?

As I read this I couldn’t help but think of the last quiz I took. I read the information, studied, rehearsed and reviewed all of it. <em>But something went wrong, I didn’t retain the information like I had expected to. </em>I stared at the questions and drew blanks.

So I started using common sense to answer the question and slowly some of the information came to mind. After I finished this article things made sense. I clearly overloaded my brain with too much information at once, I didn’t use it enough and I let old information interfere with new information. I found this article very helpful in understanding <b>I need to pay more attention to the way I study</b>, chunking down information and being creative to properly encode information into long- term memory would help. Especially if we really do lose 50% of everything we learn in an hour. YIKES!

–Yesenia Acevedo, Applied Science Major, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR.

Reference: Why I forget?

Concentration site helpful for ADD

I rarely find a site that is easy for me to use. This site is one of the best I have found. I have ADD and I have to find other ways of helping me concentrate and keep on track. This site offered me tips and strategies along with helpful handouts. It offers more than one way of understanding the information they are explaining.
I am happy that I found a helpful website.

–Recommended by Chemeketa Community College student, Salem, Or

Concentration – Some Basic Guidelines


I never knew how bad I was at academic reading.

I really didn’t.

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Usually when I read a book, I pick it up, read the information, and try to remember it best I can for the assignment that is required. I never really go very in depth with my text books, because most of them I find frightfully dull. It takes a lot for me to be interested in the subject matter of a textbook. I tend to be one of those students that if I find the subject matter boring I only hold onto the information for as long as it takes to finish the assignment or pass the test.

I think following these steps ( 5 keys to helping students read difficult texts)will help me better comprehend and commit to memory the information I am absorbing. I usually don’t do much thought about a textbook before I read it, I usually just pick it up and away I go. I don’t spend much time pondering the style or layout. Also during the reading process I very rarely ask questions about the information or question its information unless it is something I am having trouble understanding. The after reading process for me is honestly usually the homework. I read the book, then I do the homework re-reading the information that I can’t call on very proficiently.

I think these are some great tips on how to better your comprehension and memory retention when reading a textbook that is, in your opinion, not very interesting.

— Computer Science Major, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR


When things on a test get a little fuzzy!

barkFor someone who suffers from extreme test anxiety this page really hit it home for me! It will be something I use whenever taking a test. Sometimes we just need a little reminder of what to do in the heat of a test and things get fuzzy! This page offers great advice that I will be utilizing! I am happy to have taken the time to read through the entire page. Because it basically described my anxiety in a nutshell!

— College Freshman, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR