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You may find that your university experience is a lot different from your previous educational experiences. That's okay, you're not alone. Maybe in high school you got good grades without really studying. Or maybe you're a little rusty on certain skills. Acknowledging that you can use some help and may need to learn some new study strategies is a big step. That is why we're here for you. Hey, most of our staff members even get help in the courses that they're uncomfortable with. Smart students know when to ask for help.
The Talent Development Center (TDC) offers comprehensive academic support for students of all abilities. All our services are FREE. We offer tutoring in either one-on-one or group settings for nearly all of the general education courses and many upper division, high demand courses. Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions are basically group study sessions for those classes that we know can be challenging. We also offer mentoring to help with study skills, time management and other academic skills. It is best to be proactive, so start utilizing the services as soon as you can!
We're not the only place you can go for help, however, see our Related Links for offices that make up Northwest's academic support network.
WE know. You've heard it ALL before on the subject of study skills blah, blah, blah... But think about it for a minute. Not all courses are alike, not all tests are alike and certainly not all instructors are alike. Learners have to be able to adapt their study strategies to fit different situations. Also, the academic demands at the university level are far different than those at the high school level. That calls for some different study strategies. The Talent Development Center staff can help you sort through the alternatives and find the solution that works best for your learning style and your specific situation.
Having trouble remembering what your instructor said in class? It's best to find your personal note taking style. This will help to insure that you are able to write down key points and important items in class. Effective note taking will make studying for exams and assignments more time efficient. There are many different methods and strategies for note taking, including: outlines, short-hand, diagrams, study guides, vocabulary lists, and many more. Finding your own personal strategy will keep your class notes organized and accessible.
Do you sometimes find yourself not having enough time to finish a project? Time management can become your best friend. You may hear it a few times, but go grab a planner! Write down all of your activities and how much time they will take up so you know how much time you have left to do homework or have some free time. Getting into a routine helps so you know each week when you have extra time for group meetings or extracurriculars.
Feeling sluggish and daydreaming during class? It is important to get adequate sleep, healthy eating, exercise, and social interactions. Keeping a healthy lifestyle includes spending time with friends and socializing, while keeping your well-being in mind.
Here are a few tips to stay healthy: