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Get Organized!

School, work, email, social media, chores, family… how do we get it all done? Staying organized helps! Here’s a great infographic from Greatist on How to be the Most Organized Person in the World with quick, useful tips! Also, be sure to check out our short tutorial on Time Management.


(Click on the image to view full infographic.)


Are You a Procrastinator?

Pro·cras·it·na·tion [proh-kras-tuh-ney-shuhn] – the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention. (dictionary.com)

Click on the image to view twenty pixel’s humorous Field Guide to Procrastination.

Read below for tips on how to overcome some types of procrastination.


Work, family, chores, and school? Most of us procrastinate sometimes, but some of us let procrastination determine our lives. With the semester underway and midterms approaching, procrastination could put you behind or worse, you could end up with a failing grade.

Do you have trouble getting started?

  • Start with a small step.
  • Stick to a schedule.
  • Use a mentor.
  • Reward yourself!

Are you a perfectionist or afraid of failure?

  • Don’t go solo (work with others).
  • Set small goals.
  • Make time for success.

But I work best under pressure!

  • Set your own deadlines.
  • Stick to your schedule.
  • Leave time for review.

Are you too busy?

  • Determine how many credit you can handle before registering for classes.
  • Include your classes/assignments in your daily calendar.
  • Use a to-do list.

For more explanation on these tips and some basic time management skills, view our tutorial: Time Management for Students.

A Good Semester Start

A+ Grade on Homework

Starting your semester off with good habits is easier than trying to break bad habits halfway through. Here are a few tips to help you get off to a great start!

Get organized

Organization play a big role in having a successful semester. Read through your course syllabus and add assignment and due dates to your calendar. Check out our tutorial on Time Management for some tips on finding time, managing time, and avoiding procrastination!

Be realistic about your time

Don’t overcommit yourself. Be cautious about taking on extra responsibilities at home or work, especially if you are taking more than 3 credits.

Take notes

Taking notes is a key part of being successful in college. Taking notes forces you to pay attention to what you are listening to or reading. Not taking also helps you do a better job of remembering what you learn. We’ve created a great tutorial on Note Taking for lectures as well as for reading.


Successful studying is more than just sitting down with your notes and homework. It takes careful planning as well as specific study techniques. Find out about three keys to successful studying in our How to Study tutorial.

Maintain your health

With classes underway, you should still aim for getting the same amount of sleep every night. It is important to continue to have free time and exercise time. You should add free time and exercise to your daily calendar just as you would an appointment or class assignment. Eating a healthy diet will also help keep you mentally sharp.

Soon you’ll have papers to write and research to do. Be sure to check out our other tutorials on Basic Grammar, How to Write an Essay, and how to avoid Plagiarism.

Online Learning Tips and College Success Tutorials

plannerWlaptopWelcome back! Start your fall semester off on the right track! Subscribe to the TIps for Student Success blog and receive email notification when we add new tutorials and post great articles about online learning skills and academic success!

Visit the blog’s tutorial page to view short, online tutorials that support student learning and address specific college-level concepts or skills. Current topics are: Plagiarism, Writing an Essay, Basic Grammar, Note Taking, Test Taking Tips, How to Study, Time Management and Email Etiquette. Feel free to leave comments and email us with suggestions for future tutorials or posts. We’re here to help you succeed!

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Back to School Success for Non-Traditional Students

Karen Watts, Instructor and Trainer at Bellingham Technical College Business Department and Tutoring Center, writes about back to school success for non-traditional students in a two-part article (Back to School: Success Tips for Non-Traditional Students) for evolllution.com.

Part 1 touches on two concerns facing students: 1) the cost of education and 2) course selection and time management.

Part 2 looks at some misconceptions of online learning. Many people still assume that online learning is easier than face-to-face classes. “Online students need excellent time management skills and a great degree of internal motivation. Solid reading comprehension and writing skills are a must for most subjects taught online.”

Technology skills are also necessary for successful online learning. Watts has these tips for online students:

  • Honestly assess your computer and time management skills as well as learning style before registering for an online class
  • Do a technology check before the class starts to make sure you have the hardware and software you need to access the course and create documents
  • Create a technology emergency plan identifying how you will access the class if your home computer or Internet connection crashes
  • Develop a routine where you organize your files for classes in one drive and regularly back them up in a second drive

Read both articles using the links above!