Online Resource Guide
Strategies for planning your semester, reducing procrastination, and organizing your time.
- Time Management Strategies from York
- Goal Setting from University of Delaware
- Time scheduling suggestions from Virginia Tech
- Time management principles from the University of Minnesota Duluth
- Study Less, Study Smart
- General information on the problem of procrastination
- Assignment Calculator to help plan deadlines and keep you on track
- Guide to Issues with Concentration from the University of Guelphs
BU John E. Robbins Library Hours
Check out other spots on campus for places to study:
- the Down Under for tables and group work (under the Main Dining Room by the Office of International Activities),
- the comfy couches with charging stations down the hall from the library by Student Services,
- the welcoming Indigenous Peoples’ Centre next to the Evans Theatre,
- and the quiet study rooms on the 2nd to 4th floors of Clark Hall.
Making Learning a Habit: Mindsets, Grit and Neuroplasticity
- The learning myth from Khan Academy
- Why do mindsets matter?
- How can mindsets be changed?
- Interactive Quiz on Fixed vs Growth Mindsets
- What is Grit?
- How important is Grit?
- Duckworth’s Grit scale
- Grit and resilience
- Developing your resilience core from Wright State University
- Celebrate mistakes
- Neuroplasticity video from Khan Academy
Guidelines for reading difficult text material and getting the most out of your readings.
- Video on being a more active reader from Samford University
- Reading skills from York University
- Improving reading comprehension with the SQ3R Reading/Study system
- Practice reading from a text as part of the University of Guelph’s Learning Commons online workshop
- Building Vocabulary online exercises
- Using Concept Maps in Introductory Psychology
- How to read scientific papers
- Improving Reading Fluency in a Second Language
- SQR5 method of reading textbooks
Taking Notes From Lectures
Suggestions for identifying what is important in a lecture, and how to take notes so that you understand what you’ve written later in the semester!
- Workshop on taking better lecture notes from Long Beach City College
- York University’s tips on learning to listen to university lectures
- Practice taking notes from a brief lecture as part of the University of Guelph’s Learning Commons online workshop
- Effective note taking strategies from Wilfrid Laurier University
- How to take great notes from WellCast
Strategies for Exams
- Strategies for a Bell-Ringer Exam
- Short Answer Test Strategies from Wilfrid Laurier University
- Preparing for problem solving tests in math or science
- Strategies for open book exams
- Strategies for multiple-choice exams from the University of Illinois at Chicago
- Multiple-choice tips from the University of St. Thomas
- Beating the Big Bad Wolf of Test Anxiety
- Identifying and Coping with Test Anxiety
- This test does not define you
- Meditation and Mindfulness from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Suggestions for coping with music performance anxiety from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.
Understanding the terms used in essay exam questions
Look for the key word that tells you how to answer the question. You will lose marks if you misunderstand what the instructor wants.
- Discuss – Consider important characteristics and main points.
- Illustrate – Explain using examples or figures that clarify a point or idea.
- Describe – Recount, characterize, sketch or relate in a narrative form.
- Summarize – Cover the major points in brief form.
- Criticize – Express your judgment by discussion limitations & contributions.
- Explain – Give facts and details that make the idea clear & understandable. Reconcile any differences in opinion or experimental results.
- Compare – Show how items are similar, discover resemblances.
- Contrast – Stress dissimilarities or differences.
- Evaluate – Appraise the strengths and weaknesses of the topic in a logical way.
- Define – Give an accurate meaning of the term with sufficient detail. Differentiate the particular object from all others in its class.
- Trace – Describe the development of a process/event in chronological order.
- List – Recount, one-by-one, in concise form.
- Review – Analyze and comment briefly on major points of the problem.
- Justify – Prove or show grounds for decisions using convincing evidence.