External Study and Tutoring Resources
The Academic Arcade: Learning Can Be Fun
Excelsior College Online Writing Lab
Sharpen your writing and tutoring skills with Paper Capers! Excelsior College has developed a video game where you can oversee a team of writers prepare articles for publication. Paper Capers is also available for download at the Android and Apple Store.
The Organic Molecule Game
Fend off zombies as you try to remember your Chemistry!
Developed by Dr. Sarah Sheeley and colleagues at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, OMG will aid in the practice of naming simple organic molecules.
The Blood Typing Game
Students interested in working in medical fields will enjoy the challenge this game offers.
This game won the 2012 Best Game Category at the Swedish Learning Awards, and it is on the Official Web Site of the Novel Prize.
Making a dog drool is surprisingly fun!
Psychology students will recognize the famous experiment that inspired this game, and it is also on the very prestigious Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize.
General Study Tips
Study Skills Resources
- University of Central Florida’s Student Academic Resource Center. This website is a clearinghouse of pdf’s covering different strategies to help you succeed. Handouts are organized by topic: Concentration; Memory; Textbooks (reading strategies); Time Management; Test Prep; Goal Setting and Attitudes; Test Taking; Note-taking; Self-Testing; Study Skills and Diagnostics; Vocabulary; Miscellaneous; and MCLCW (Mastering College Level Course Work) handouts. The wide variety of strategies provided for each topic allow you to select the strategies that work best for you and your courses.
- Quizlet.com. Quizzlet is an online study aid. Material entered into the Quizlet Flashcard generator can be studied in five modes: “Familiarize,” “Learn,” “Test,” “Scatter,” and “Space Race” — all of which are explained under the “Help & Features” tab. Through the “Find Flashcard” tab, you can search for pre-made electronic study aids. With the “Make Flashcards” tab, you can create your own electronic study aids to review course material.
- University of Minnesota Assignment Calculator. University of Minnesota Libraries have developed a calculator to help you establish timelines for big projects.
Resources Arranged By Subject Area
- Free Online Accounting Basics Course — Simple Studies sponsors this website that includes lectures about, exercises on, and a glossary of basic Accounting Principles.
- How to Read a Scientific Paper — This resource from Rice University details key steps in how to read a scientific paper.
Communication Disorders & Sciences
- ASL Online Dictionary — Sponsored by Michigan State University, The American Sign Language Browser provides both an explanation for the sign and a visual. Requires Quicktime.
- Phonetics — The Reading Genie, Dr. Bruce Murray of Auburn University may focus on teaching reading, but his focus on phonetics provides memorable activities to help you learn graphemes, digraphs, phonemes, and blending.
- Brief Encyclopedia of Speech and Communication Disorders — The National Library of Medicine sponsored by the National Institutes of Health is a clearinghouse of resources.
- ChemCollective — This National Science Digital Library project offers simulation based exercises for Chemistry students and teachers.
- ChemNet — This British site is a resource for students ages 14–18 and for those who are interested in Chemistry career opportunities.
- Economics Help — Designed by British Economics instructor Tejvan Richard Pettinger, Economics Help provides a detailed discussion of key concepts in Economics, discussion of contemporary issues in Economics, and Revision Guides (Review Guides) available for download as pdf documents.
- Virtual Finance Library — Ohio State University’s Virtual Finance Library is an award winning website that maintains key resources for Finance students, faculty, and businesspeople.
- Financial Glossary — There is much of value for a Finance Student on the Bloomberg site. Starting with their glossary will help you define everything from abandonment to Z-score and all the abbreviations in between.
- French Language Guide — The Language Guide.org includes general information on French vocabulary and grammar and applies the lessons to sample readings.
- Pronunciation — Acapela’s Interactive Demo allows you to type in up to 230 characters (must be in French or you hear English with a French accent) and select a voice.
- Understand France — Philippe and Harriet Welty Rochefort author the Franco-American Website, which compiles contemporary information on French culture and life from the perspective of a Franco (Philippe) — American (Harriet) couple.
- German Language Guide — The Language Guide.org includes general information on German vocabulary.
- Pronunciation — Acapela’s Interactive Demo allows you to type in up to 230 characters (must be in German or you hear English with a German accent) and select a voice.
- Lernstrategien — The University of Michigan’s website is a clearinghouse of information on studying and learning German including strategies for improving writing, reading, listening, and vocabulary. Please note that some of the information is tailored to Ann Arbor students, but the advice is still valuable.
- Math Study Skills — Cuesta College’s website provides basic strategies to math success. Pay particular attention to “How to Read a Math Textbook” — yes there is reading in math!
- Overcoming Math Anxiety — Mission College’s website guides you through the strategies to deal with Math Anxiety.
- Algebra Help — The algebrahelp.com website provides both lessons and practice worksheets in common algebraic concepts.
- Calculus Help — Former teacher, W. Michael Kelley, compiled this interactive site to provide practice problems and multimedia tutorials.
- Math Tutorial — Lamar University Math professor, Paul Dawkins, has digitized his lecture notes for Algebra, Linear Algebra, three levels of Calculus, and Differential Equations. Although his site is not a replacement for attending class, it does review key concepts and provide additional resources through its Links feature.
- Physics World — This site will keep you current on breaking Physics news.
- NCSU Physics DemoRoom — Be careful in the North Carolina State University’s Physics DemoRoom. There are lasers!
- Phrase Pronunciation — Acapela’s Interactive Demo allows you to type in up to 230 characters (must be in Spanish or you hear English with a Spanish accent) and select a voice.
- Spanish Language and Culture — Colby College professor, Barbara Kuczun Nelson, challenges you to self-test your mastery of Spanish with activities and guides you to a deeper understanding of Spanish culture with study modules.
- Linguasorb — This site has resources for verb conjugation, grammar, vocabulary, and translation.
- Feinberg Library — Our campus library provides resources for students as they navigate the research process. The link will take you to the library’s main webpage.
- Purdue’s Online Writing Lab — Purdue’s OWL provides resources on many topics in writing. The sample exercises are great practice for tutors and tutees.
- Seven Strategies of Writing Assignments — Included in the University of St. Thomas’s guide to the Seven Stages of Writing Assignments, Learning Support Specialist Joseph Frank Lansberger provides an online medium for you to brainstorm ideas before you begin writing or when you are not sure how to continue writing your essay. The electronic forms include Focused Freewriting, Mindmapping, Brainstorming, and Listing.
- Plagiarism.org — This site includes an example of 10 types of plagiarism, and other helpful examples to avoid plagiarizing. A great source of information for teachers and students.
- The Balanced Academic — This service focuses on work home life balance for graduate students. They will offer one free consultation about your dissertation and whatever support you may need. Check out the website if you are interested.
- How to Interrogate a Text — Six awesome tips for students learning how to read for college.
- How to Read a Scholarly Paper — This resource from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides great pointers on best practices for reading a scholarly paper.