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Learning Styles


Hearing learners learn best when information is presented aurally and in an oral language format. They may find written instructions difficult.

Critical Thinking

The critical thinking process involves using probing questions to check reasoning and clarify thinking


The brain is like a filing cabinet. The more you use information in your memory, the easier it will be to recall it when you need it. Learn techniques to help remember information.

Note Taking

The Cornell Note Taking System was developed in the 1950's by Walter Pauk, an emeritus professor of education at Cornell University.

Online Study Skills

Improving study skills, overcoming text anxiety, and memory improvement are just some of the techniques many colleges and universities have researched.

Reading Textbooks

Ever find yourself reading a chapter in a textbook and not being able to remember what you read? Here are tips to improve your reading habits.


Tactile/Kinesthetic learners learn best when physically engaged in a "hands on" activity.

Test Anxiety

20% of college students experience test anxiety. Learn steps to deal with it.

Test Taking Tips

Follow the FROG when taking a test:
Focus. Relax. Organize. Go for your goal.

 Time Management

A schedule helps students plan your time effectively. Spend time on the things that are most important and stay on top of deadlines.

Visual Learners

Visual learners can be visual/verbal (written language-oriented) or visual/nonverbal (graphics/picture-oriented).


Want more help?

Sign up for HMDS 111 College Strategies, a 2 credit class focused on becoming a successful college student. Talk to an Adviser about this class, or see the Schedule Planner for offerings.

Don't want to formally take a class but still want to hear a full presentation?

You may also sit in on study skills related presentations in the currently running College Strategies classes. Topics vary by class day.

Every Quarter -- Check in with the front desk in West Building, Room W207 for locations and topics.

  • HMDS111: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:50 AM

  • HMDS111: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Want Even more?

Check out the Academic Support Center for help with math and writing skills, or to find our about tutoring services for students.

Here's some Test Taking Tips and Time Management Skills.