Academic Success Resources

Tools for Academic Success

Our Academic Coaches have created resources to help excel in college! In addition to using these videos and handouts, you can also make an appointment with an Academic Coach to make your own individualized success plan.

Most students find the transition to college a little daunting: organizing your time, managing your increased workload, and learning new ways of studying is challenging! Even experienced college students find they're always mastering new study skills. Be sure to use all available resources to ensure you do your personal best!

Setting Goals and Managing Time

  • Academic Coach Morgan Hakala has tips for how to organize your semester. Set yourself up for success:

  • Academic Coach Morgan Hakala has created this video describing multiple tools and strategies to help anyone achieve effective time management. Everyone can use these tips and tricks:

Study Skills for College Excellence

  • Finally, this series of videos on How to Get the Most Out of Studying, by Professor Stephen Chu. We highly recommend them to every college student; even the first video–which introduces you to powerful tools like metacognition and growth mindset–will really set you up to succeed in college!

Taking Notes in Class and While Reading

  • Academic Coach Morgan Hakala has created a handout introducing SQ3R, a reading and note-taking method which increases comprehension and helps you remember more of what you read (so you work less hard when it comes time to study)! Morgan has also created a video about SQ3R:

  • Morgan has also created a guide to Cornell Note-taking, a method for taking study-ready class notes. She also made a short video, to explain in more detail how to use this incredibly effective method for taking easy-to-read, useful notes: 

Writing and Research

Research can involve both peer-reviewed academic sources and popular sources. Below are some links to resources on finding academic research (including primary source materials) and reliable popular sources written for a general, non-expert audience.

Academic sources:

Popular sources:

General Information on Research

Avoiding Plagiarism

It can be complicated to give credit correctly! However, it's important to do so, to avoid accidental plagiarism.  These guides can help:


There is no single acceptable style across all disciplines. Each professor will select the documentation style appropriate to the field of study. Ask your professor first, then follow the instructions for the proper style. Still confused? We can help you! Stop in to talk.

Grammar Resources

ESL Writing Help