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How to take control of your life. No.....really. These tips will help you in and out of the classroom.

Additional Resources

A number of resources are available to help you improve your study skills. We have listed several, which vary in format and style. Choose the resource that best fits your needs and personal preferences. 


  • Setting Goals: Who, Why, How?, Turkay, S. (2014)
    Your instructor will have objectives in the syllabus -- have you ever wondered why or what you're supposed to do with them? Check out this article with added hints from Dr. Colaric. Setting goals can increase your motivation AND your achievement.


  • How to graduate college with a job you love & less debt, Jullien Gordon, TEDxMidwest
    ​The former, linear model of success is obsolete. Students are not getting the return on education investments that they did just 1 decade ago. Jullien Gordon helps this new generation realize their full potential by identifying four types of capital that blend work in harmony.
  • College Freshmen Mistakes, Fung Brothers Comedy
    Funny with some good tips mixed in.
  • How to Graduate on Time, College Info Geek
    Of all the reasons students fail to graduate on time, poor planning is probably the most easily avoided. So let's avoid it by using graduation plans, degree audit systems, and other things. NOTE: SPC's My Learning Plan tool is a great way to address this.
  • Your body language shapes who you are, Amy Cuddy, TEDGlobal 2012
    Can good posture in class improve your grade? Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
  • John Cleese on Creativity, AuthenticEducation
    ​John Cleese's tips for creativity are excellent suggestions to apply to studying and completing your assignments. 

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