Handouts & Resources
Need help with writing, study skills or learning strategies to ensure your academic success?
For writing, use our Writing Assignment calculator to help you understand, schedule and plan each step involved in writing an assignment from start to finish. It includes links to our handouts and to Concordia library webpages.
We also have handouts to help with more aspects of writing, reading, oral presentations, note-taking, time management, taking exams, studying, and problem solving. All handouts are prepared by our Learning Specialists, and are available in PDF format.
For more details consult the list of categories of handouts below:
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Good time management is essential for students to succeed at university. You need strategies for planning and monitoring your time in order to manage your course load and maintain a balanced lifestyle. Lots of tools are available to help you manage your time but only YOU can supply the discipline to use the tools!
- Finding Time to Study
- Managing Your Studying Time
- Dealing With Procrastination
- 20 Strategies – Stop Procrastinating
- Time Management Strategy: Breaking Down Tasks
- Time Planner for Exam Period
- Summer 2019 Semester Planner
- Fall 2019 Semester Planner
- Fall 2019 End of Semester Planner
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For personalized help with strategies for managing your time and dealing with procrastination, make an appointment with one of our Learning and Study Skills Specialists.
- Strategies for Learning in Problem Solving Courses
- Six Steps to Effective Problem Solving Strategies
- Preparing For and Taking a Problem Solving Exam
For help using your scientific calculator, click below for a 84 page manual written by John Denton, Concordia Math Department:
- Getting the Most Out of Your Scientific Calculator
Valuable learning resources from the Web:
Writing Essays and Research Papers
- 20 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block
- A Brief Guide to Writing a Research Paper
- Creating the First Draft of Your Research Paper
- A Template For Writing An Essay
- An Example of a Sentence Outline for a Research Paper
- Exploring the Topic of Your Research Paper
- Finding a Plan for Your Paper
- Finding Your Thesis Statement
- Organizing Your Ideas for Your Research Paper
- Typical Plans for a Research Paper
- Researching Your Research Paper Topic
- Getting Started on Your Research Paper
- Structure of a Research Paper
Other Types of Writing
- Tips for Writing Short Essays
- Process for Writing an Article Review
- Writing a Paper in Applied Human Science
- Writing an Artist’s Statement: One Approach
- Guide to Writing a Lab Report - For Chemistry and Biochemistry Students
The Mechanics of Writing
- Understanding Key Words in Writing Assignments
- Writing Effective Paragraphs
- Punctuation Patterns
- Transitions: Signals for Your Reader
- Avoiding Plagiarism
- How to Paraphrase: Guidelines
- APA Documentation Basics
- Chicago Documentation Basics
- MLA Documentation Basics
- Writing Assignment Calculator is a great tool to help you plan and write your paper.
Resources from Concordia Library
Resources from Purdue University
Most of the material you have to learn at university is presented in written form, most commonly in textbooks and journal readings. In order to spend reading time efficiently, you need to know how to be an ACTIVE READER who can select the most important information and learn and remember it so that you don't have to read the chapter over and over again.
Here is the list of our handouts on reading:
- Effective Study Reading
- PQRST Reading Strategy
- Improve Your Reading Speed and Comprehension
- Non-Stop Reading – A Strategy for ESL Students
- Reading Tips for English Literature
- Strategies for Reading in Fine Arts
- Reading Different Types of Course Material
Help from other websites
- Critical Reading (free mini-course)
For personalized help to become an active reader, make an appointment with one of our Learning and Study Skills Specialists. and bring along your textbook or course reading material.
It's important to know how to take good notes in class. And it's just as important to know what to do with your notes afterwards. Don't just stick them in a binder on a shelf and only take them out once exam time comes! Your goal should be to learn as you go along. That means that you need a system for first getting the important ideas down on paper in class and then processing your notes after class to get the material into your head.
Here is the list of our handouts on note taking:
For personalized help to become an effective note-taker, make an appointment with one of our Learning and Study Skills Specialists and bring along some recent course notes.
Written exams are the most common form of evaluation at university so it's important for students to know how to study effectively for exams, approach exams strategically, control exam anxiety, and prepare for different types of exams.
Here is the list of our handouts on exams:
- Preparing for Exams
- Preparing for Exams by Generating Test Questions
- Preparing for and Taking a Problem Solving Exam
- Strategies for Taking Tests & Exams
- Strategies for Taking Essay Exams
- Strategies for Taking Multiple Choice Exams
- Strategies for Reducing Exam Anxiety
From Chemeketa College:
For personalized help, make an appointment with one of our Learning and Study Skills Specialists. Bring along your course outline and any class tests that you've written.
Oral Presentation Skills are important for many courses that require students to make presentations in class. Speaking in public can be a very stressful experience, one that some students try to avoid at any cost. Student Learning Services can help you survive the experience and develop your presentation skills.
Here is the list of our handouts on oral presentations:Delivering an Effective Oral Presentation
- Planning and Designing an Oral Presentation
- How to Prepare Oral Presentation Notes
- Delivering an Effective Oral Presentation
- Managing Performance Anxiety
- Handling Questions After an Oral Presentation
Help from other websites
For personalized help with Oral Presentation skills, make an appointment with one of our Learning and Study Skills Specialists
These handouts are especially prepared for ESL students to help them study in English
- Tips for Writing to an Academic Audience
- Tips to Improve Your English Outside of Class
- Strategies for Taking Notes in Class
- Tips for Preparing and Delivering a Presentation
- How to Speak Up in Class
- How to Work Well in Groups
- Non-Stop Reading – A Strategy for ESL Students
Access other resources for ESL students.
Graduate studies can present significant challenges for students. Often the strategies and approaches that work for undergraduates may not work so well at a higher level. The rules change—graduate study requires higher degrees of autonomy, organization and sustained commitment, combined with new challenges in developing, writing and presenting detailed research.
Here are handouts dealing with learning and writing strategies for graduate students and potential graduate students at Concordia
- Graduate Writing: Strategies for Finding a Focus or Research Interest and Beginning Your Reseach
- Free-Writing for Your Thesis
- Tips for Managing Graduate Reading and Writing
- Writing your Graduate Thesis
You can make an appointment with a Learning Specialist to get help with your letter of intent or personal statement as well as with your graduate studies.
Taking online courses requires particular learning strategies.
Handout on online learning:
ECON online Study Groups - Recorded sessions:
Recorded sessions of Online Study Groups (OSG) for online ECON 201 and ECON 203 courses could be accessed through the course website. Recorded Sessions will be available soon through this website as well.
Resources from other universities:
- Medical Collage of Wisconsin: Online Learning Strategies for Success