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A Resource Guide to Helpful Academic Skills Media on the Web

The development of good academic skills is essential to academic success. There are many resources available online to help you improve your academic performance. We will be adding to this list over time. For now, you may want to watch our introductory video on the topic of Preparing for College Classes.

College Freshman Survival Videos

Five free videos to support college success; available on a single site. (Scroll down when you get to the linked web page to find the links to the individual videos.)

The Big Change

What’s the single most important thing you can do to adjust and make “The Big Change” to College Life? College students reveal the secret in this chapter.

You're In Charge

When you’re away at college, you’re in charge — not your parents and not your friends. New freedom, however, brings new responsibilities. College students tell how to cope with the fact that now You’re in Charge!

Time Management

There’s a lot of work to do in college and a lot of fun to be had. You’ll do better academically and have more fun if you learn how to strike the right balance. The key is managing your time. You’ll learn how in this chapter.

Slow Starts, Fast Finishes

The reality of campus life is many students — even those most academically capable — experience a tough start. In this chapter, you’ll meet three students who ran into a few obstacles and learn how they successfully managed to overcome them.

Non-Traditional Students

This chapter is for non-traditional students, that is people who are in the mid-twenties and older (some of you are in your 40’s and 50’s) who are returning to college or attending for the first time after several years in the work force. You face challenges which are, to say the least, a little different than your typical 18 year old. In this video, you’ll hear from people just like you.

How to Get the Most Out of Studying

This five part series, presented by Cognitive Psychologist Dr. Stephen Chew, provides information about effective study strategies that will help you get the most out of your learning so you will be more likely to succeed:

Part 1: Beliefs That Make You Fail...Or Succeed (7 min.)

Part 2: What Students Should Understand About How People Learn (7 min.)

Part 3: Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning (6 min.)

Part 4: Putting the Principles for Optimizing Learning into Practice (9 min.)

Part 5: I Blew the Exam, Now What? (7 min.)

Goal Setting and Action Planning (28 min)

This video helps students establish criteria for attainable goals and objectives, and show them how to evaluate goals on the basis of these criteria. While the focus is on career goals, the principles are applicable to academic goals as well.

The Power of Belief--Mindset and Success (10:52) Eduardo Briceno at TEDxManhattan

The way we understand our intelligence and abilities deeply impacts our success. Based on social science research and real life examples, Eduardo Briceño articulates how mindset, or the understanding of intelligence and abilities, is key.

Why We Procrastinate (9:51) Vik Nithy@TEDxYouth@ScotsCollege

Vik Nithy is the founder of 3 companies at the age of 20 including his own marketing consulting firm. Vik has been extremely successful despite being diagnosed with ADHD after finishing his school exams.

10 things you should know about sleep

Even though many experts recommend eight hours of sleep a night, getting that much rest often seems impossible. This program offers ten scientific ways to get quality sleep, and more of it.

Sleep (10:00)

This video contains four news stories about how sleep affects learning.

Another helpful site--available from on and off campus:

Learning Strategies for General Chemistry (12:47)


The following informative videos are available to watch in the Learning Services Learning Lab:

Values and Goals (10:00)
Time Management (12:00)
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (10:00)
Active Listening and Note Taking (10:00)
Researching, Reading, and Writing (12:00)
Studying and Test Taking (10:00)