University Learning Center

Academic Achievement Links

The following handouts will provide you with suggestions and strategies for developing a variety of academic skills.

NOTE: While the following links are provided here in the belief that the information they lead to will be of use to you as a UNCW student, many of them connect to external web sites not sponsored or maintained by the University Learning Center or UNCW. No guarantee, express or implied, is made concerning the reliability of or access to information at such sites, nor regarding privacy of your information as you visit these sites.

General Study Skills

Exploring How Students Learn (Bill Cerbin, director of the Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)

Flashcard Machine (a site to create online flashcards)

How to Get the Most Out of Studying (Samford University video series)

How to Study (a comprehensive study skills resource site)

Khan Academy (educational videos for MAT, Sciences, ECN, HST)

Learn Well ("transforming good students into great learners" -the Learn Well Projects website)

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT - resources for different courses from agriculture to world languages)

Study Blue (study strategies & online flashcards)

Study Guides and Strategies (an educational public service)

Where and How to Study (Dartmouth College)

Specific Study Skills

Classroom Strategies

Class Participation: Making Contributions that Count (Princeton University / Millersville University)

Classroom Listening & Note Taking (St. John's University)


Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking (The Foundation for Critical Thinking) - an in-depth examination of critical thinking skills

Four Steps for Better Thinking (The IDEA Center -pdf)

What Is Critical Thinking? (You Tube- Paul Stearns, professor of Philosopy, Blinn College)


Exam Preparation

Essay test tips (St. John's University)

Learning Express Library (An online collection of practice tests and study aides) [linked from Randalll Library]

Looking over Returned Tests (Middle Tennessee State University)

Test Taking Skills (St. John's University)


Learning Styles

Hemispheric Dominance [Right Brain/Left Brain Questionnaire] in Learning Styles (Middle Tennessee State)

Learning Styles Questionnaire (Felder & Soloman - North Carolina State)

VARK Learning Preferences Inventory (Fleming and Bonwell)



Remembering What You Read (St. John's University)



Motivation (Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching)

Problem Solving (Connections Academy/Ted Talks - 2nd video)



Lecture Notes (St. John's University)


Taking Lecture and Class Notes (Dartmouth College)


Online Learning

Survey to Discover if Online Learning Is Right for You (Georgia Perimeter College)


Reading Strategies


Reading Textbooks Effectively and Efficiently - includes SQ3R method (Dartmouth College)



Ebooks -Project Gutenberg (reference information)

Get Started Research Guide (UNCW Randall Library)

How to Navigate Randall Library Resources for Research (UNCW Randall Library)

Subject and Course Guides (UNCW Randall Library)


Standardized Tests

General Testing info:

Building a Better Vocabulary (The Guide to Grammar and Writing - the Capital Community Collge Fund)

Learn Express Library (An online collection of practice tests and study aides) [also linked from Randalll Library]

Standardized Test Practice ( - GRE, PRAXIS, GMAT, LSAT, etc)


Educational Testing Service (company that produces the GRE test)

UNCW Professional Education page (info about GRE prep courses--fee required)


Educational Testing Service (company that produces the PRAXIS test)

UNCW Watson School of Education PRAXIS Info


Test Anxiety

Reducing Test Anxiety [PDF] (Educational Testing Services)


Time Management

UNCW Semester Calendar

The Assignment Calculator (UNCW Randall Library)

Managing Your Time (Dartmouth College)

Time Management Strategies (Virginia Tech)


Specialized Content Areas

American Sign Language (ASLPro)

Chemistry Terms & Concepts (Purdue University)

Chemistry Quiz & Tutorial (Dr. Fred Senese, Frostburg State University)

Organic Chemistry Resources (Joint Science Department of the Claremont Colleges)

Foreign Language Learning (

Foreign Language Online Dictionaries (

French Grammar (University of Texas)

French Grammar & Spelling Checker (Dr. Terry Nadasdi & Dr. Stefan Sinclair -

Pilosophy -Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Spanish Proficiency Excercises (University of Texas at Austin)

Senor Jordan's Spanish Videos (teacher created website)

News in Slow Spanish {and French, Italian} (listening, reading practice)

Spanish Dictionary

Spanish Grammar (Bowdoin College)