In the last installment of this series, we addressed 3 of the most common challenges that study groups face: study groups turning into study group
Our learning specialists have developed helpful resources to support your learning. We’ve organized these tools and strategies based on their purpose so that you can select the resources that work for you.
Assess the Demands on Your Time
When you have a lot to do, it’s helpful to assess the demands on your time on various scales
Manage Your Priorities
While calendars and scheduling tools are helpful, successfully managing your responsibilities requires setting goals and prioritizing tasks.
Clarify the Expectations and Align Your Study Strategies
Work to understand the expectations of each course, create a plan for each assignment and exam, and realign your strategies based on feedback.
Analyze and Track Your Course Assignments
Align Your Study with Course Goals
Realign Your Strategies After Feedback
Seek Support for More Effective Learning
We encourage students to utilize peer study groups, office hours with faculty and TAs, drop-in and weekly tutoring, and appointments at the Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing. University Life has also identified essential Support Resources for all students and the Grad Center highlights specific Resources and Support for graduate and professional students. We would be happy to discuss these resources with you during a learning consultation.
If you’re like me, you’re always asking clarifying questions. In this case, the question is this: if study groups are supposed to be effective, why
“I’ve tried studying with friends and classmates, but we wound up either socializing too much or getting into personality conflicts.”“Yeah, I always wound up doing most
Stay Up on Strategies
Well-designed software can support many aspects of our study, work, and communication. Below, you’ll find helpful software for working in teams, mapping course content and ideas, note-taking, managing references and citations, and expanding knowledge in STEM subjects.
We also recommend consulting the Penn Libraries Software Search for additional resources and utilizing Penn’s access to LinkedIn Learning for all students, faculty, and staff for hundreds of courses and tutorials.
Learning Management and Engagement
Mendeley organizes references, research, and enables collaborative discovery of the latest research. Great integration with Microsoft Word for cite-as-you-write features and bibliography/reference list generation.
Resources for Reference Management and Citation
Wolfram Alpha is a free open source tool, allows users to submit mathematical and computation queries through a text field. Wolfram Alpha computes answers to user queries and displays relevant visualizations that make the answers easy to comprehend and apply to other problems of similar nature.
Khan Academy is a free educational resource that offers video tutorials on a wide range of subjects including mathematics, history, physics, general and organic chemistry, micro and macroeconomics. Khan Academy allows users to develop a personalized dashboard to tag favorites and the most commonly used tutorials.
Scanning Apps for Uploading Problem Solutions and Converting Notes/Documents
Office Lens is a great option for O365 users. The app trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Office Lens converts images to PDF, Word, and PowerPoint files, and you can save images to OneNote or OneDrive. This is particularly helpful for students who need to make high-quality scans of handwritten solutions for problem sets.