following links will connect you to other web sites that are somehow
related to improved academic success in college.
Several are commercial sites that charge a fee for their
services, others are free sites that you can use at no cost. Still others are individual faculty web pages that contain
useful information about study skills.
Many more sites can be found by using your web browser to
search for such topics as “speed reading” or “time
management”. We will be
regularly updating this section of our web site as we find additional
sites of interest, so check back periodically to see what’s new!
The listing of a personal or commercial web site in no
way implies any official endorsement of that site by Clemson
University or the author of the College Survival Skills web
site. These links
are meant only as references for further exploration.
University Survival Skills Course
Clemson University offers a course called CU 101 (University
Survival Skills) that introduces you to many of the issues associated
with developing good study habits and succeeding in college. The
course is currently available only to freshmen and first-semester
transfer students. Click on the link below to see the course catalog
If you want more detail about the topics covered in CU 101, you can
find an example syllabus and other materials for this course by
clicking on the link below.
The Clemson Alumni Association has a valuable student
resource called the Ask-a-Tiger Network. This is an online
list of alumni who are waiting to help Clemson students choose a
major, select appropriate coursework, find an internship, or even
get a job! By logging onto the site below and using the
password alumnitiger, you can search names, email addresses and
phone numbers of Clemson alumni who have the answers that you
seek. You might even find a speaker for your next student
organization or club meeting. Check out the network at:
Learning Styles Assessment
Are you an intuitive, rational, creative, or technically
inclined person? These characteristics determine your personal
learning style, and can strongly influence your ability to learn. A
very useful exercise is to determine your own personal learning style,
and to see how this compares with the teaching styles of your
instructors. Many surveys are available for this type of assessment,
but one faculty member at North Carolina State University has made a
simple learning styles questionnaire available for free on the web.
Click on the link below to access his questionnaire. After you finish
answering the questions, don't forget to read the "descriptions
of learning styles" that follows to get an explanation of your
Clemson University's Office of Teaching Enhancement and
Innovation (OTEI) maintains a web page with links to valuable web
resources related to learning styles assessment. To access the OTEI
web site, click on the link below. Click on "websites for
instructors" and then select the "learning styles"
option. You can then link to whichever site you care to explore.
General Study Skills Enhancement
Many other websites exist with good information about how
to improve all aspects of your college survival skills. The
University of Chicago maintains something called "The Student
Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection", which is a listing
of such websites. Click on the link below to access this
large collection of important study skills and personal
Sylvan Learning Centers has a commercial site that can
provide help with all areas of study skills. For a fee you can develop
a personalized program with one of their instructors that will address
many different facets of studying effectively. Click on the link below
to access their site.
tips on how to be (or not to be!) a more successful college student
can be found by clicking on the following links:
If you plan to go on to either graduate or professional
school, chances are that you will have to take a standardized exam
such as the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc. One company that has a long record
of helping people prepare successfully for these exams is Kaplan. In
addition to courses on how to prepare for professional exams, for a
fee they can also help you improve your overall examination skills.
Click on the link below to access their site.
Writing well is a very useful skill
to develop for success in your college courses. A history
professor at NC State University has posted some excellent tips on
the web for how to be a better writer. While this information
has a distinct history slant to it, there is still good information
at this site for all type of writing. Check out his material
Much of learning involves effective memory skills. There are
many web sites (mostly commercial) that offer ideas and products for
memory improvement ranging from time-tested organizational methods to
self-hypnosis, Zen, and herbal supplements. One site, called Total
Recall, offers PC-based computer software that has worked well for
many people. To check out this product, click on the link below.
You can also find lots of references to books on memory improvement
by visiting the following booksellers.
Many business-oriented programs are available on the web
that offer fee-based seminars or home study courses with tips on how
to successfully manage your time. The links for two examples of such
programs are listed below.
There are also many books available on personal time management.
Search the on-line bookstores listed below to find examples.
Science & Engineering Courses
Science courses can be very challenging for new college
students, especially non-science majors. Biology professor Mario
Caprio at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee has some
useful information about how to study science on his course
website. Check out his site by clicking on the link below, and
once you're there, select the buttons labeled Studying Science and
An electrical engineering professor at Cal Poly has a web
page with useful general and specific information about how to
succeed in college science courses. Check out his material at:
Clemson Faculty Web Pages
Some instructors at Clemson University have posted
information about how to improve your study skills on their course web
sites. Below are the names of some of these faculty, along with links
to their specific study skills information.
- Victoria Gentry Ridgeway (Education)
(look for handouts associated with the Study Skills jigsaw
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