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For handouts on the following topics, click the topic or scroll down.

Academic Writing | Grammar | Tests / Exams | Reading | Learning & Memory | Note Taking | Oral Presentations | Time Management

Citation Styles

Academic Writing
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Avoiding Redundancy

Citing Secondary or Indirect Sources

Connection Words

Geology Report Writing

Mind Mapping


Reference Note Cards

Research Log

Research Log Example

Research Paper Timeline

Reviewing Your Academic Paper

Sample Paper Outline

Sample Paper Outline Blank


Thesis Statement

Thesis Statement Development by Formula

Verbs Describing Author's Attitude

Writing a Great Title

Writing an Academic Paper

Writing a Science Lab Report

Grammar | top

Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences

Plural vs. Possessive 'S'

Restrictive vs. Non-restrictive Clauses

Sentence Structure

That or Which

The Colon

The Semicolon

Subject-Verb Agreement

Tests / Exams | top

Concept Words Used in Essay Questions

Test / Exam Preparation

Tips on Taking Multiple Choice Exams

Verbs Used in Essay Questions

Writing Essay Exams

Reading | top

Finding Main Ideas

SQ3R Reading Strategy

Summary of SQ3R Reading Strategy

Text Marking and Highlighting

How to Remember What You Read

Learning & Memory | top

Study Notecards

The Learning Cycle

Tips for Improving Concentration

Ten Study Traps and How to Get Out of Those Traps

Note Taking | top

General Note-taking Tips

Graphic Organizers

The Cornell Note-taking System

Parallel Notes

Oral Presentations | top

Preparing an Oral Presentation

Sample Oral Presentation Timeline

Time Management | top

168 Hour Week

Weekly Schedule Planning Form

Goal Setting

Task Analysis

Task Analysis Handout

Fall 2015 / Winter 2016 Blank Schedule PDF | Excel