Regional College Access Center

Academic & Study Tips

Although college is so much more, the academics aspect of college is very important. After all, in the end you’re going to college to learn and earn a degree. Here are some websites that provide a wealth of tips and hints on how to excel on coursework and exams.

Academic Tips

The main page of this website provides helpful tips on note-taking techniques, time management, study tips provided directly from other students who’ve been there, stress reduction, test-taking strategies, and tips on writing scholarship essays. In the “fight for first year in college” section, myths about college are presented and broken—this is a good page to read if you’re interested in finding out how the academic experience in college differs from that in high school. It’ll help you enter college more prepared, and will help make your transition from high school to college much smoother.

How to Study

This site is for those of you who like brief tips with lots of graphics and pictures! It’s a bite-sized overview on academic skills from note-taking to studying for exams.

10 Study Tips

Some brief tips on going to class and starting strong for college students—valuable to follow!


This is a resource from the University of Illinois for those of you who would like in-depth topics, with extensive tips on each of them! The broader categories of topics that they follow are: Time Management; Studying; Lectures & Reading; Taking Exams & Controlling Stress; Writing; and Studying for Particular Courses. This is a good resource to remember to go back to when facing new academic challenges. Some examples from the Time Management section are “Overcoming Procrastination” and “Goal Setting Flowchart.” Under Studying for Particular Courses are the topics of foreign languages, chemistry, math, and online courses. Highly recommended for you to take a look!

More Study tips

A compilation of links to articles on time management, using the library, picking classes, choosing majors, getting to know professors, test-taking, and success in various specific course topics such as biology or archaeology.

Reading Method

Need help reading and comprehending those dense textbooks? Try the SQ4R Method and see if it works for you.

Learning Styles

Includes an explanation of various learning styles (visual-spatial, aural-auditory, verbal-linguistic, physical-bodily-kinesthetic, logical-mathematical, social-interpersonal, solitary-intrapersonal) and a free inventory test to help you figure out which ones closely fit your personal way of learning.

Mind Tools

This is another look at different learning styles, and this link examines the Felder and Silverman’s Index of Learning Styles. Once again, there is a free quiz to figure out what type of learning style you are (the continuums are sensory-intuitive, visual-verbal, active-reflective, sequential-global), and an explanation as to how to make that new knowledge work in your favor. Check it out!

Learning Assessment

A quick learning-styles assessment (only 24 questions!). Once you learn your learning style, it’s recommended you look up strategies that work for others with the same style.

How to Learn

Try this how to learn quiz!