Learning Skills

Learning skills are strategies to help you improve your ability to acquire new information, make connections between ideas, and retain the information learned. As you learn and practice these strategies, you will find that studying becomes easier and more enjoyable.
Below you will find a list of learning skills topics offered in Supplemental Learning activities.
Subject Description
Avoiding Plagiarism: Identify effective strategies such as citing, paraphrasing, and summarizing to avoid plagiarism (intentional or unintentional) and its consequences.
Evaluating Online Sources: Using five reliability criteria to evaluate online sources, determine whether a web source qualifies as valid and locate an additional source that meets the criteria.
Note Taking: Take lecture notes effectively using the techniques of the Cornell Method.
Online Research: Explore COC’s online databases and apply research skills by conducting a topic search in one of the library’s online databases.
Outlining Essays: Identify the key components of an effective essay outline. Using a fact sheet provided on a specific topic, create a thesis and outline for an essay on this topic.
Outlining Readings: Identify strategies to create detailed, organized outlines of textbook chapters.
Preparing for Finals: Identify the resources available on campus and create a 2-week time management plan to complete end-of-the semester projects and assignments.
Reading Textbooks: Identify effective reading strategies and apply them to increase comprehension of college texts.
Remembering What
You Read:
Recognize the “reading coma” and how it undermines effective reading and studying. Use active reading strategies to avoid it in the future.
Stress Management: Explore various coping strategies and develop a personal plan to manage stress more effectively.
Test-taking Strategies: Explore your personal test-taking style. Distinguish between effective and ineffective test taking techniques and strategies for multiple choice and essay exams.
Time Management: Evaluate a personal schedule and create an effective time-use plan that prioritizes goals.
Timed Writing: Identify and apply the five steps involved in completing timed writing assignments successfully.