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Do you know what your personal learning style is? Understanding your strengths can help you adapt your approach to thinking, reading, studying, listening and taking notes.

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Critical Thinking

Becoming a Critical Thinker by Vincent Ryan Ruggiero
BF455.R829 2015
Success depends on the ability to think critically. Training and practice turn this ability into a powerful skill.

Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument by Stella Cottrell
BF441 .C68 2011
Ideal for students who are mystified by lecturer comments such as 'more analysis needed', this title takes the art of analysis and breaks it down into easy-to-understand blocks, with clear explanations, good examples, and plenty of activities to develop understanding at each stage.

Ownership: Critical Thinking by Megan Stone
LB2395.35 .S76 2014
The Ownership series teaches Students ownership of concepts, so they are more likely to take responsibility for their successes and failures and “own” their learning.

30 Days to Better Thinking and Living Through Critical Thinking: A Guide for Improving Every Aspect of Your Life by Linda Elder and Richard Paul
BF441 .E4 2013
This book is for anyone interested in improving the quality of their lives by improving the quality of their thinking.


Improve Your Reading by Ron Fry
LB1050.455 .F79 2012
This book presents a practical way to increase what you learn from texts, notes, and additional resources. The core belief is that it doesn't matter how much or how fast you read but how much you understand and remember what you are reading.

Ten Steps to Improving College Reading Skills by John Langan
LB2395.3 .L36 2008
Carefully explains and illustrates ten key reading skills that are widely recognized to be essential for literal and critical comprehension. Provides activities and reading selections to help you practice and master those skills

Study Skills

Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff? by Steve Piscitelli
LB2395 .P59 2013
Immediately has the student address an age-old question, “Why do I have to take this course?” through assessment of strengths and weaknesses and critically applying what is relevant to their situation.

Ownership: Study Strategies by Megan Stone
LB2395 .S763 2014
The Ownership series teaches Students ownership of concepts, so they are more likely to take responsibility for their successes and failures and “own” their learning.

How to Study by Ron Fry
LB1049 .F74 2012
Provides information on how to create an effective work environment, stand out in class, use the library, conduct research online, and much more.

Listening and Taking Notes

Lecture Ready 3: Strategies for Academic Listening and Speaking by Laurie Frazier and Shalle Leeming
Lecture Ready 3 prepares students for listening, note taking, and academic discussion through videos of realistic and engaging lectures. Explicit presentation skills prepare students for public speaking, a requirement in today's academic and professional world.

Note-Taking Made Easy by Judi Kesselman-Turkel and Franklynn Peterson
LB2395.25 .K47 2003
The authors describe the two most successful methods of organizing notes—outlining and patterning—and provide shortcuts to really make note-taking easy, from shorthand devices to abbreviations.

Get Organized by Ron Fry
E-book - you will need your library card to access this e-book from off campus.
This book shows you how to create your ideal study environment by using simple time-management tips to develop to-do lists, daily schedules, monthly calendars, and project boards.

Online Learning

Power Up: A Practical Student's Guide to Online Learning by Stacey Barrett, Catrina Poe and Carrie Spagnola-Doyle
LB1028.5 .B357 2012
The majority of online students do not persist in their programs. As an online student, you are embarking on an investment in yourself. This book is designed to give you practical tips and information to help you achieve your goals in the online environment efficiently and effectively.

How to Master Online Learning
LC5803.C65 H69 2010
Guides readers in choosing an online learning program, provides advice on paying for classes, software, and textbooks, and discusses common mistakes made by online learners

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Study Skills Fundamentals Duration: 1h 36m
Whether you want to ace your next test or simply retain information better (at work or at home), good study habits are essential. Paul Nowak offers tips for improving your reading speed and comprehension, creating detailed notes, committing the learning to memory, and even taking tests. The information in this course is appropriate for all levels of learners, from grade school and grad students to full-time members of the workforce. Start watching now—you'll never approach studying the same way again.
Topics include:

  • Learning to read faster and more thoroughly
  • Improving your note-taking skills
  • Enhancing your memory
  • Memorizing new words and formulas
  • Scoring better on tests
  • Creating study plans

Speed Reading Fundamentals Course duration: 58m
Learn how to improve your reading speed and comprehension. Speed-reading is a skill everyone can benefit from, and this course provides proven techniques to improve how much information you absorb and how fast you absorb it. Paul Nowak, the founder of Iris Reading, first asks you to measure your current reading rate, and explores the reading habits that slow people down. Then he introduces simple techniques for boosting your reading speed and practice drills to reinforce your new skill.

The course then focuses on improving comprehension by understanding how memory works, practicing the "read and recall" method, and breaking down technical terms. The final chapter introduces some advanced tips and strategies for reading different types of media: news and magazine articles, textbooks, technical material, and ebooks.
Topics include:

  • Measuring your reading speed
  • Reading faster on the computer
  • Reading groups of words
  • Previewing and overviewing
  • Improving comprehension and retention
  • Understanding the 80/20 principle of reading
  • Reading magazines, textbooks, diagrams, and ebooks

Improving Your Memory Course duration:1h 29m
Memory is not a finite resource, and with techniques like repetition, association, and visualization, you can improve your memory before it starts to fade. This fascinating course shows viewers of all ages how to improve their recall. It explains how and when to employ tricks such as mnemonic devices, rhymes, stories, and alliteration. And it explains the best methods for different situations, like remembering names, important dates, passwords, to-do lists, quotes, and more. These techniques will prove invaluable, whether you're memorizing facts for a test at school, points for a work presentation, or trivia to impress your friends.
Topics include:

  • Memory principles that work
  • Taking notes
  • Using songs and rhyming techniques to remember details
  • Building a "memory palace"
  • Remembering names and passwords
  • Memorizing long texts and speeches

Learning Styles

Learning Strategies Inventories: Assess How You Learn
An tool from Dartmouth College providing a variety of suggestions and resources for maximizing your academic experience. View an on-line video, read about helpful strategies, or download a handout. You can either search for resources by category or by format.

Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire
This online survey assesses your study habits and provides an immediate assessment of your learning style

Note Taking

Note Taking Systems
Information about five different systems will help you find the note taking method that works best for you.

Write This Down: Note-Taking Strategies for Academic Success
A humorous but informative introduction to note taking strategies for all students from the Art of Manliness blog.