We are here to help! Decide which service best meets your needs1. Not sure where you need to improve? Take the Academic Skill Inventory at this link.
2. Need general info on effective study strategies? Review the tips below, come to a study skills workshop, or complete an online workshop
3. Need one-on-one support? sign up to work with an Academic Coach
4. Ready for a serious commitment? Take an ACAD course to really focus and structure your skill building efforts with the guidance of expert instructors.
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Step 1: Are you currently doing (at least) these 3 things?:
-Using a wall calendar for all major tests, assignments, and projects?
-Using a day planner or online calendar for daily to-do’s and reminders?
-Taking the time each day/week to maintain your scheduling system?
-If you answered “YES” to all of the above skip to step 3
-If you answered “NO” to any of the above review the “step 2: Getting Started” section
Step 2: Getting Started with Time Management:
- Daily Schedule template
- Create your Weekly Schedule
- Wall Calendar templates and how to use them
- Just buy one, already! $7 is all you need.
- Do you prefer using your phone an online calendar? These tutorials will get you started with Google Calendar and iCal.
- ONCE YOU HAVE USED A SCHEDULING SYSTEM for a few months, continue to Steps 3 and 4 to refine your skills
Step 3: Dig Deeper
- ASSESS your time management skills to see where you might need help
- REVIEW the key principles of time management
- PRIORITIZE your time: this may require you to reorganize your life. Apply this helpful analogy when you’re scheduling your time.
- ADDRESS YOUR PROCRASTINATION:
Step 4: Explore Apps and other tools to assist you:
- Turn time management into a game (for free!)
- Time Management apps for android
- Hate scheduling? Find an app for that
- More about Top Heavy Scheduling
- The what, why, and how of to-do lists
- REVIEW these essential study skills
- FIND the best study system for your learning style
- STAY MOTIVATED
- UTILIZE Peer Study Groups
- PRETEST to aid information retention
- USE study aids like Study Blue and Quizlet
- MULTI-TASK! It’s not as productive as you may think.
- STRESS – Keep calm and study on
Reading a textbook is as simple as 1, 2…THAT’S IT!
Different but equally awesome reading Tools and Techniques:
- Retain the info: become an active reader
- Tips on reading a math book
- Getting through word problems
- How to speed read
- Useful study tools:
If you want to be an A+ test taker, follow these tips:
- PLAN AHEAD – start studying at least a week in advance
- ASSESS YOURSELF – find the best study system for your learning style
- PRETEST – research shows this is the best study method for information retention
- KNOW these additional tricks and tips
Do you have TEST ANXIETY?
- PREVENT and MANAGE test anxiety
- UNDERSTAND stress and how to overcome it
- RELAX, take deep breaths, and think positively
Helpful APPS and LINKS:
Below, you will find links to various apps and online tutorials that will be of use to you during your time as a student here at Boise State. Click on each link to go directly to the corresponding site or tutorial.
|Apps and Websites||Description||Use For:|
|Timeful - App that will help you find room in your schedule for items on your to do lists. Currently for apple products only - FREE||Time Management|
|TaskHammer - Time management interactive game for android - FREE||Time Management|
|Habitica - Task management game for your smart phone. - FREE||Time Management|
|MyHomework App - Track all class assignments with the ability to work offline - FREE||Time Management, General Study Skills, Testing|
|Google Calendar||Google Calendar - Learn all the tricks Google Calendar has to offer||Time Management, General Study Skills|
|Planning for Large Projects||Tips on planning big projects in advance to avoid working on them at the last minute.||Time Management, General Study Skills|
|StudyBlue - App that lets you create flashcards from notes and will quiz you and track your progress - FREE||General Study Skills, Note-Taking, Testing|
|Quizlet - App that transforms notes into flashcards, games, and tests. You can share notes and search notes by class - FREE||General Study Skills, Note-Taking, Testing|
|OneNote - Access your notes from the web, share, take pictures, and save websites to your notes. - FREE||General Study Skills, Note-Taking|
|Penultimate - Handwriting app for iPad is like writing on paper but can sink to evernote as well - FREE||General Study Skills, Note-Taking|
|Notability - Make colorful, shareable, handcrafted notes on all of your devices. Currently apple products only - $2.99||General Study Skills, Note-Taking|
|EverNote - Note taking app that lets you capture handwritten notes, websites, and pictures, as well as turn your notes into presentations - FREE||General Study Skills, Note-Taking|
|Capti - Text to voice app that allows you to turn you to access an audio file version of your books - $19.99||General Study Skills, Reading|
|Google Drive||Google Drive - Learn about this cloud computing that allows you to access your documents from any computer and share documents with your classmates.||General Study Skills, Note-Taking|
|Online Class Success||Learn how to become an effective online student||General Study Skills|
|OWL||Purdue Online Writing Lab - Learn how to navigate the OWL to improve writing skills, learn proper citation techniques, and get help with letters and resumes.||General Study Skills, Writing/Research/ Presentations|
|Online Testing||Strategies for taking online tests.||General Study Skills, Testing, Test Anxiety|
|Effective Presentation Design||Wow your professors with your class presentations. Learn the best ways to tell your story, capture audience attention, and create effective handouts.||General Study Skills, Writing/Research/ Presentations|
|Apps for College||List of some of the most useful apps to get you through college.||General Study Skills|
|Albertsons Library||Boise State Library - Utilize library resources like free access to research databases, course guides, and information on how to do meaningful research.||General Study Skills, Writing/Research/ Presentations|
|Boise State Writing Center||Writing Center - One on one consultations for your writing assignments.||General Study Skills, Writing/Research/ Presentations|
|Weekly Schedule Template||Weekly Schedule - Use this to help you schedule your week.||Time Management, General Study Skills|
|Daily Schedule Template||Daily Schedule - Use this for daily assignment and to-do list tracking.||Time Management, General Study Skills|