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Let These Links Be A Guide

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.

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/college-success/27746.htm


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.

http://www.quintcareers.com/choosing_major.html

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.

http://www.mymajors.com


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

http://www.mycollegesuccessstory.com/academic-success-tools/effective-note-taking.html

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.

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/writing/academic/notes-tips.htm


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.

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/college-success/962.html

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.

http://thetwocrows.com/ahclem/examskills.html


Strategies for Success

Watch this video for insight on 8 great secrets to success. The video is intriguing and quick and to the point.

http://www.ted.com/talks/richard st john s 8 secrets of success.html


Be a Successful Online Learner

Use this page to get a handle on the qualities that an online student should generally possess. It will help you gain a clear handle as to what qualities the virtual classroom demands, but also guide you through understanding them.

http://www.ion.uillinois.edu/resources/tutorials/pedagogy/StudentProfile.asp


Formatting APA Style

From the Franklin Pierce University Writing Center:
http://eraven.franklinpierce.edu/writingcenter/docs/APA%20Guidelines.pdf

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pbUoNa5tyY


Free online tutoring for active military members and their families

Get homework and studying help from a professional tutor any time you need it. FREE for students in Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard and Reserve families. Expert tutors are online 24/7 and available to help in more than 16 subjects, including test prep, proofreading, Math, Science, English and Social Studies..

http://www.tutor.com/military

 

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.

http://library.franklinpierce.edu/research/academicsupport.html


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.

http://www.ehow.com/how_4491981_write-thesis-statement-literary-analysis.html

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.

http://www.esc.edu/htmlpages/writerold/menud.htm#thesisch