Sites That Will Help You Succeed


Studying Effectively: General Tips

Studying Effectively: Flashcards

Learning From Lectures: Taking Notes

Concept Mapping


Memory Tips

 

Taking Tests

Stopping your cell phone from interrupting your studying

Motivation

Good General Resources for Doing Well in College

Getting organized

You need an academic planner/calendar (order one here or here). Without a planner/calendar, you will probably be constantly falling behind because (a) you will tend to greatly underestimate how long things will take, (b) you will put off things that are important but not due immediately, and (c) when you must devote all your energy to the things that are due immediately for one class, you will not be doing the work you should be doing in all your other classes. To make good use of your planner, and
  1. Immediately fill it in with information from your syllabi. Moving tasks from your syllabus or from your memory to a to-do list will greatly improve your efficiency--and moving information from a to-do list to your calendar will provide another big boost to your productivity.
  2. Break down big projects into smaller tasks and to set self-imposed deadlines for those smaller tasks. Realize, for example, that "writing a paper" involves more than sitting down and writing a paper. You will probably have to find sources, read those sources, take notes on those sources, add those sources to your bibliography/references list, outline the paper, write several drafts, and proof your next-to-final draft.
  3. Schedule little tasks (like going over flashcards) for breaks between classes so that holes in your class schedule aren't wasted.
Instead of--or in addition to a planner--you may wish to use one of the apps below:

Psychology Resources



This page owes a great debt to Professor Linda Walsh.

To "What is Psychology? "

To Memory Lecture