Learning Corner

Welcome to the Learning Corner - the Academic Success Center website that provides information and strategies to help you maximize your learning and success, and lets you know the science behind why things work.

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Feeling challenged by test preparation? We've got strategies for that. Not sure what to do when your instructor talks fast? We can help. Need a tool to get a better sense for your term and how big assignments coincide with each other, with other exams, with social engagements? Here's one.

And, while we know it's great to be able to do the investigation on your own, know that we have trained Academic Coaches who are ready to meet with you and talk through any of this information, or what you're experiencing in your courses. Watch a video about Academic Coaching to see if it's the next step you're looking for. Then, schedule an appointment online, or call 541-737-2272 to start working with a coach now.

Not sure what you're looking for? Navigate to our Where Do I Start page and answer some questions. Based on your answers, we'll suggest some strategies and tools to use. You can check those out and use them to begin a more in-depth exploration of the Learning Corner.

Thanks for visiting, happy learning, and know that we're looking forward to being a part of your learning process and college experience, so be in touch!

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Where Do I Start?

 

Achieve Balance

Do you feel like your life is out of balance? Do you feel like you’re being pulled in numerous directions and are not sure how to deal with everything? Do you want to figure out how to feel more balanced and together?

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Remember that finding balance is an ongoing process. There will be times throughout the year when you will feel like you’re flourishing, and, most likely, there will be times when the term is difficult and you do not feel like you're flourishing. That’s okay. Keep in mind that achieving balance and flourishing are life-long pursuits.  Change can be gradual; one small step in the right direction will build momentum and the repercussion of that step might have a significant impact on your productivity, outlook, and overall academic pursuits.

(Not sure what you're looking for? Navigate to our Where Do I Start page and answer some questions. Based on your answers, we'll suggest some strategies and tools to use. You can check those out and use them to begin a more in-depth exploration of the Learning Corner.)

© 2014, 2016, 2017 Oregon State University Academic Success Center, unless otherwise noted on the material. For non-commercial use only.

Test Better

Are you looking for new and effective ways to study for tests? Have you gone in to tests thinking you were prepared, but realized you weren’t once the test started? Do you struggle with test anxiety? Do you want to improve your performance on future exams?

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Tests, exams, midterms, and finals are a focus of most students’ studying efforts each term. Many strategies go into strong test preparation and test-taking.  To improve your own test-taking, you can start by learning about how the brain/memory works.  Attending class consistently, making weekly efforts to complete reading and assignments, and creating a strong study plan are all strategies that can help you prepare for an upcoming exam. 

When it comes to test preparation, the best place to start is by analyzing your weekly study habits and making any needed changes.  As the test gets closer, you should organize your time, create a study plan, and use a variety of study methods. The rituals and habits you create for the time leading up to and during the test can help you prepare physically and mentally for an exam, in turn reducing your test anxiety.  Once you’re in the test it doesn’t hurt to use some “test-wise” strategies.  Because each professor designs and organizes their exams differently, analyzing your initial results and using that feedback can help you strategically plan your studying for the next exam.

(Not sure what you're looking for? Navigate to our Where Do I Start page and answer some questions. Based on your answers, we'll suggest some strategies and tools to use. You can check those out and use them to begin a more in-depth exploration of the Learning Corner.)

© 2014, 2016, 2017 Oregon State University Academic Success Center, unless otherwise noted on the material. For non-commercial use only.

Study Like a Pro

Do you want to improve your study skills (reading, taking notes, preparing for tests), so you are a more effective learner? Do you feel lost during lectures or are not sure what to do with your notes after class? Do you feel like you don’t always remember what you study?

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This is the information for you, then. Explore the following articles to not only learn strategies that will help you as you navigate your collegework, but to find out why these strategies will work, and to understand your brain a little better and how it retains information best.

(Not sure what you're looking for? Navigate to our Where Do I Start page and answer some questions. Based on your answers, we'll suggest some strategies and tools to use. You can check those out and use them to begin a more in-depth exploration of the Learning Corner.)

© 2014, 2016, 2017 Oregon State University Academic Success Center, unless otherwise noted on the material. For non-commercial use only.

Stop Procrastinating

Do you feel like you prioritize, or prefer to put things off? Do you think these could be synonymous? Do you find yourself cleaning or cooking or disappearing into TV shows when you have a big project to start? Are you a pro at saying you'll start on it tomorrow?

You're not alone - not by a long shot.

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Take a look at these articles and tools to help you to better understand and identify procrastination, and to challenge your inclination to procrastinate. Take a minute to consider what might help motivate you most to get started on this work - a partner, a cookie, a movie, a mini dance-party? Motivation is one of the keys to getting started and keeping at it. Even though it will take some doing, you're totally capable of beating procrastination and propelling yourself forward. 

(Not sure what you're looking for? Navigate to our Where Do I Start page and answer some questions. Based on your answers, we'll suggest some strategies and tools to use. You can check those out and use them to begin a more in-depth exploration of the Learning Corner.)

© 2014, 2016, 2017 Oregon State University Academic Success Center, unless otherwise noted on the material. For non-commercial use only.

Manage My Time

Are you able to do everything that you want, or does it feel like you need extra hours in the day, or a whole extra day in the week, in order to fit everything in?

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Time management can be a challenge whether you're in school, out of school, in the workforce, or on vacation. Learning to manage your time can actually help you to feel like you have more of it. The beautiful thing is that time management is a skill that can be learned and honed.

So, if you feel like time management is a challenge for you, don't fret - you've got what it takes to find strategies and tools that will work.

(Not sure what you're looking for? Navigate to our Where Do I Start page and answer some questions. Based on your answers, we'll suggest some strategies and tools to use. You can check those out and use them to begin a more in-depth exploration of the Learning Corner.)

© 2014, 2016, 2017 Oregon State University Academic Success Center, unless otherwise noted on the material. For non-commercial use only.

All Worksheets

Reading

Image of PDFPreview, Read Recall Reading Strategy

Image of PDFSQ3R Reading Strategy

Image of PDFReading Suggestions

Note-Taking

Image of PDFCornell Notes

Image of PDFSample Note-taking Styles

Image of PDFWhen Instructors Talk Fast

Studying

Image of PDF7 Day Study Plan

Image of PDFActive Studying Techniques

Image of PDFMake it Stick - Practice!

Image of PDFCreating Study Guides

Image of PDFEmergency Studying

Image of PDFExam Preparation Worksheet

Image of PDFPORPE Study Method

Image of PDFSample Study Guide

Image of PDFStudy Cycle Diagram

Image of PDFSuccessful Study Groups (how to)

Time Management

Image of PDFGoal Setting Worksheet

Image of PDFProcrastination Management Worksheet

Image of PDFTerm at a Glance

Image of PDFTime Budget Sheet

Image of PDFTime Log Worksheet

Image of PDFUsing Time Effectively

Image of PDFWeekly Calendar

Image of PDFWhere do you procrastinate?

 

Concentration & Memory

Image of PDFConcentration Self-Quiz

Image of PDFEvaluate Your Study Places

Image of PDFImprove Information Processing (and Memory)

Priorities & Planning

Image of PDFPrioritization (Three Methods)

Image of PDFUrgency Index

Image of PDFWeekly To-Do List 8.5x11

Image of PDFWeekly to-do list (front & back)

General Success Related

Image of PDFGrade Calculator & Course Analysis

Image of PDFMotivation Techniques

Image of PDFUsing Office Hours Effectively

Image of PDFZero to Success in 77 Days

Image of PDF Registration Planning Worksheet

Balance & Wellness

Image of PDF50 Ways to Take a Break

Image of PDFSelf-Care Quiz

Image of PDFStress Management Strategies

Image of PDFTaking Breaks from Studying

 

Test Taking

Image of PDFEssay Questions on Exams

Image of PDFProblem Solving Questions on Exams

Image of PDFTest Autopsy Worksheet

Image of PDFTest Taking Tips (General)

Image of PDFTest Anxiety Tips

Subject/Discipline Specific

Image of PDFGetting the Most Out of Math Class

Image of PDFMath, Chemistry, Physics Strategies

© 2014, 2016, 2017 Oregon State University Academic Success Center, unless otherwise noted on the material. For non-commercial use only.

Videos? Yes!

All the videos we've got. ALL of them.

Not sure what you're looking for? Navigate to our Where Do I Start page and answer some questions. Based on your answers, we'll suggest some strategies and tools to use. You can check those out and use them to begin a more in-depth exploration of the Learning Corner.