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Choosing Your College Courses

Use these links as a guide for choosing your college courses, which is one of the first, and probably the most important task you will encounter as a college student. Choosing courses will affect your academic and social life, so take the time to choose them correctly by following the guided principles provided at these sites.

Choosing a College Major

This article will give you some pointers and direction towards discovering your ideal career path. In doing so it will take you through a journey of steps which will help you make the right decision, as to what major best fits your interests. Within this article there are also a number of helpful links, which will provide further assistance in choosing your major.

Take this college major quiz and gain useful advice towards declaring the right major to fit your interests. It also provides major information pages, for the majors you are interested in.

Note-Taking Tips

The following link provides a list of critical note-taking Do’s and Don’ts to help you take more effective notes and actively listen and learn in class. Taking notes is essential to achieving the academic success you seek, so take a look at these guidelines as you go about developing your own note-taking system – as well as taking the notes themselves

Use this article as a means of paying close attention to the top 5 tips for taking effective notes. Each step is crucial towards clearer note-taking and a clearer understanding of the material being noted.

Study Tips for Midterms and Final Exams

Read this article if you want to do your best on College exams, then take a look at this site, and become quite a pro at taking tests – from standardized multiple choice exams, to short answers, to more intense essay tests. This article will provide you with test taking strategies and tips for different test formats.

The following site provides a number of links related to effectively taking tests, which have been rated accordingly. It’s a great source for all the sources you need to be a good test taker.

Strategies for Success

Watch this video for insight on 8 great secrets to success. The video is intriguing and quick and to the point. st john s 8 secrets of success.html

Be a Successful Online Student: 6 Must-Have Skills

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the educational system forever. Millions of students all over the world were forced to switch to online learning. And the latter has a lot of advantages over the traditional format of study. Experts think that such a shift will have long-term consequences. The educational market will never be the same.

The successful online learner possesses unique skills and qualities. Wondering what they are? In the infographic below, you’ll find 6 must-have skills for an online student, the steps to develop them, & useful tools.

Formatting APA Style

APA (American Psychological Association) Resources:

Use this very helpful YouTube video if you need help formatting research, term papers and essays using APA. It’s based off of the 6th Edition Publication Manual.

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Academic Support Guides (DiPietro Library)

This link will bring you to the Academic Support Guides page of our very own Dipietro library where you will find useful information on identifying good sources, style guides (MLA, APA, and Chicago), and writing help.

Writing Thesis Statements

The following article specifically focuses on writing a thesis for a literary analysis essay, which discusses a particular aspect of a work or literature. It provides instructions for gathering ideas and information before writing the thesis, how to construct a thesis, and great examples.

This page is very clear at explaining how to develop a thesis statement for a research paper. It focuses on thesis characteristics, such as where to put your thesis, and that it should be put as a statement.