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Being successful in college requires the ability to learn effectively in a variety of learning contexts and the ability to effectively demonstrate what you have learned. The tools in this section will support you in strengthening your academic skills.

Make a strong start each term with our Quick Guide to a Successful Semester.

Academic Advising and Other Key Support Services

Find the personalized support you need to get on track, stay on track, and make the most of your undergraduate experience!

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Advisor Finder

Unsure who you should meet with for academic advising? Click here, and answer a few questions to find out!

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ED PS 2600 Strategies for College Success

A course designed to support academic success. Focuses on learning and test taking skills, time scheduling, stress management, goal setting, etc.

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Learning Center

Offers free tutoring and free consultation with a learning specialist.

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Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Selected courses offer SI, providing organized study sessions open to all students in the course.

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Meet With a Learning Specialist

Offered through the Learning Center. Consult with an expert about  strengthening your learning and study skills. 

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Writing Center

Can help you become a more skilled and confident writer. Offers individual consultations with peer tutors.

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Learning Center Resources Page

Excellent academic resources compiled from several universities and learning web sites.

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How to Distraction-Proof Your Mind

Why is it so hard to avoid distractions? How can you get better at it? Here are five research-based tips to help you stay focused.

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How to Stay Laser Focused When Studying

Rowan from Art of Smart TV shares how you can use a couple of simple study tips and tools to maintain concentration during study sessions.

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How to stay productive for long hours

This video does a nice job of demonstrating what a day of productive study might look like using the Pomodoro technique.

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NINE SCIENCE-BASED STUDY TIPS

Seriously smart tips, from study session length and where to study, to what strategies are most (and least) effective.

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THE THREE MOST EFFECTIVE STUDY STRATEGIES

The first three minutes of this video could change your life! Studying more isn’t the answer. Studying more effectively is. Learn what the most effective study strategies are and why they’re so effective.

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HOW SHOULD YOU STUDY?

This video offers key principles you can rely on for any class, any subject in order to prepare effectively for exams.

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STUDY TECHNIQUES THAT DON'T WORK OR ARE INEFFECIENT

Learn what study strategies may actually be a waste of your time (and why). Hint: You’re likely using at least one of these regularly.

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CURVE OF FORGETTING

The Curve of Forgetting illustrates how quickly you forget what you learn if you're not intentional about retaining it.

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NEURO-PLASTICITY

This short video describes the key role repeated active engagement plays in building new neural pathways. This applies to learning/remembering new material just as it does to building new habits.

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sleep and memory

In this short video, sleep scientist Matt Walker explains how getting enough sleep affects how our brains store and process memories.

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USING ACTIVE RECALL TO RETAIN ACADEMIC MATERIAL

Active recall = quizzing yourself. It’s the most effective way to remember course material. This short video offers a few different techniques and explains the mistake most students make.

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HOW TO MEMORIZE FAST AND EASILY

This video explains and demonstrates the evidence-based memory techniques visualization and chunking.

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GROWTH MINDSET

This short video introduces the importance of having a growth mindset, i.e., knowing that you can train your brain to get smarter.

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HOW TO GROW YOUR BRAIN

This short video introduces brain science that explains why struggle is such a key part of learning and developing your intelligence.

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STRUGGLE FOR SMARTS?

This story from NPR's Morning Edition invites you to consider your view of struggle in the learning process. Simply adjusting your mindset can make an important difference! (Includes link to transcript.)

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THE POWER OF BELIEF: MINDSET AND SUCCESS

Educator and scholar Eduardo Briceño discusses social science research and real life examples that reveal that one’s mindset is a key to success in college and in life.

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STRATEGY BOX

Use this tool when you encounter a difficult challenge to identify transferable strategies you’ve successfully employed in other contexts.

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ABILITY, EFFORT OR MINDSET?

This brief excerpt from a book on college success introduces the idea that how you think about intelligence can powerfully affect your approach to learning.

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ASSESS YOUR MINDSET

This assessment is a quick diagnostic tool drawn from research-validated measures. You will receive personalized feedback after you submit the assessment.

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THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET ABOUT GROWTH MINDSET

Zach Valenti gets to the heart of the matter quickly—the essential first step in developing a growth mindset.

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CHANGE YOUR MINDSET, CHANGE THE GAME

Professor, psychologist, and researcher Dr. Alia Crum discusses research that reveals why our mindsets matter in virtually every aspect of our lives, illuminating the power of one’s mindset to affect health and behavior.

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ONLINE ED: IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?

This video discusses the factors that pose the biggest threats to success in an online learning environment and how to manage them. It was created by a college professor who spent a year taking online classes and researching online education from the student's perspective.

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HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL ONLINE STUDENT (THIS IS REALLY GOOD!)

Addresses three topics central to success online: Managing your Time, Communicating Effectively, and Taking Responsibility for Your Success.

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ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN THE ONLINE ENVIRONMENT

The first video linked below was created by a student during the pandemic and offers excellent and detailed practical advice. The second was presented by the University of Utah Learning Center as part of the U's Spring 2021 Weeks of Welcome.

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5 TIPS TO SUCCEED IN AN ONLINE COURSE

Streamlined counsel for students taking an online class.

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HOW TO USE YOUR TEXTBOOK (FOR SOMETHING OTHER THAN A DOORSTOP)

This video offers excellent guidance for reading academic material. It was created by a college professor for college students.

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HOW TO LEARN NEW CONTENT QUICKLY

If you think reading from beginning to end in a hyper-focused way is the best way to read, think again. This video describes a much more effective approach that will change the way you study.

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READING STRATEGY: PH.D SKIMMING

Sometimes a deep read is necessary. Sometimes it's not. Use this approach and let your purpose for reading guide how you read.

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"READING GAMES: STRATEGIES FOR READING SCHOLARLY SOURCES"

This article offers real-world, practical advice for how to become a more efficient and effective reader.

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PREVIEW THE TEXT: T.H.I.E.V.E.S.

THIEVES is a pre-reading strategy that builds schema and sets the purpose for reading using an easily remembered acronym.

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SQ3R TEXTBOOK READING METHOD

A tried and true method of textbook reading to help you become a more effective reader by following specific steps: Survey, Question, Read, Recite and Review.

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MARRIOTT LIBRARY RESEARCH CONSULTATION SERVICES

Don't go it alone! Schedule a consultation session, live chat with a librarian, or link to subject specialists and subject guides.

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OVERVIEW OF THE RESEARCH PROCESS

A graphic overview of the steps involved in the research process with a short description of each.

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RESEARCH SKILLS FOR UNDERGRADUATE WRITERS

Organized into lessons,  offers guidance throughout the research process. (Tip: Hover over each lesson button for a list of topics covered.)

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SUBJECT SPECIALISTS (U OF U LIBRARIES)

Connect with expert research assistance according to subject area.

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UNDER-GRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM

This University of Utah program provides undergraduate students and mentors the opportunity to work together on research or creative projects.

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"GOOD NIGHT: 4 GOLDEN RULES OF GREAT SLEEP"

Read this short article to learn basic facts about sleep and four steps you can take in order to perform at your best.

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"COLLEGE STUDENTS AND SLEEP"

This short article includes a few simple strategies to help college students increase the quality of their sleep.

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"BRIGHT SCREENS COULD DELAY SLEEP"

This short article discusses how using a tablet or computer before going to bed disrupts your sleep.

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SLEEP AND memory

In this short video, sleep scientist Matt Walker explains how getting enough sleep affects how our brains store and process memori

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"THE BENEFITS OF NOTE-TAKING BY HAND"

According to this short article, "Creating neurocircuitry for memory and meaning through the hand-brain complex is the key to understanding the value of hand-written notes."

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THE SCIENCE OF NOTE TAKING

Check out this video for a different take on the science and for attention to both taking notes and using notes to study.

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CORNELL NOTES

This video, created by a high school Biology professor, discusses why taking notes is necessary for effective retention of academic material and introduces the Cornell Notes method—an easy way to organize and process your notes that enables you to effectively use them for exam preparation!

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CORNELL NOTES QUICK REFERENCE

Use this annotated template to guide your use of this powerful method for processing notes.

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USING A MIND MAP TO ORGANIZE STUDY NOTES

This video describes and demonstrates why and how to use mapping as a method for consolidating academic material for retention.

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BEST TEST DAY ROUTINE (Hint: Start the day before.)

Seriously good advice that takes you from the day before the exam all the way through the exam itself.

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HOW TO BE "TEST READY"

From creating study guides to analyzing returned tests, Academic Support at Utah State University offers excellent tools for strengthening test-taking skills.

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TEST-TAKING CHECK LIST

Use this checklist to identify what you are already doing and what you can begin doing to become a more effective test taker.

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TEST-TAKING TIPS

In this textbook excerpt, discover a powerful set of strategies for strengthening test-taking skills, including managing test-anxiety. Includes attention to what to do before, during, and after an exam.

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TEST-TAKING TIPS FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS (and anyone else looking for good advice)

Student-tested tips from two long-time engineering professors who noticed their students making serious mistakes preparing for and taking exams.

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TIPS FOR MANAGING TEST ANXIETY

Test anxiety is a real thing! If you think you have it, check out this video for tips for how to manage it.

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TEST ANXIETY MANAGEMENT

A self-guided program for managing test anxiety offered by  Academic Suppot at Utah State University. It includes attention to Preparation, Assessment (of the sources of anxiety), Strategies, and Stress Management (P.A.S.S.).

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HOW TO USE TUTORING EFFECTIVELY

It’s not necessarily obvious how to best utilize a tutor. This video provides excellent guidance to enable you to get the most out of your tutoring experience. If you're in a hurry, skip to 4:59 for seriously good advice.

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LEARNING CENTER TUTORING

Connect with a trained tutor at a time that's convenient for you. It's free! To learn what courses are covered, find the "list of courses" link under the  scheduling button.

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BIOLOGY LEARNING CENTER

Not currently available.

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SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

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MATH TUTORING CENTER

Offers tutoring for Math 980; all 1000 and 2000 level department courses; MATH 3070-3080 (Statistics); MATH 3140-3150 (PDEs); MATH 3160 (Complex Variables); MATH 3210-3220 (Foundations of Analysis).

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MATH LECTURE VIDEOS

The Department of Mathematics offers complete lecture videos for MATH 1010, 1030, 1050, 1060, 1090, 1210, 1220, and 2210.

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UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER

Expert assistance with writing in any discipline (not just writing classes) at any stage in the writing process, from making sense of the assignment to refining your final draft.

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CHEMISTRY HELP

Not currently available. Check back Fall 2021.

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PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY TUTORING RESOURCES

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CIVIL & ENVIRON-MENTAL ENGINEERING ONLINE TUTORING CENTER

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SCHOOL OF COMPUTING TUTORING

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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TUTORING CENTER

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ETUTORING AND EWRITING LAB

Free online tutoring support in many subject areas.


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CHEMISTRY - TYLER DEWITT'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL (FREE WEB RESOURCE)

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KHAN ACADEMY (FREE WEB RESOURCE)

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JUST MATH TUTORIALS BY PATRICK (FREE WEB RESOURCE)

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WHAT IS ACADEMIC WRITING?

This video by a college professor offers a brief introduction to what academic writing entails. It includes attention to some common misunderstandings about collegiate level writing.

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UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER

Expert assistance with writing in any discipline (not just writing classes) at any stage in the writing process, from making sense of the assignment to refining your final draft.

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EWRITING LAB

You can submit a paper anytime and receive feedback within 48 hours.

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PURDUE OWL (ONLINE WRITING LAB)

The Writing Lab at Purdue University offers writing resources and instructional material as a free service to students and users worldwide. This is an awesome resource!

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"SO YOU'VE GOT A WRITING ASSIGNMENT. NOW WHAT?"

Offers practical guidelines for understanding college writing assignments. Following its counsel will help you approach writing assignments with more confidence.

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ENGLISH GRAMMAR GUIDE

Comprehensive and award winning guide on English grammar.

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BASIC NEEDS

Getting your basic needs met is central to your success as a student. This section includes a variety of campus and community resources available to address your basic needs so that you can function at the highest level and give your full attention to learning and development.

Check out the U's Basic Needs Collective, a central location for resources related to food security, affordable housing, health insurance, managing finances, legal services, and mental health, etc.

CENTER FOR CHILD CARE AND FAMILY RESOURCES

Locate a child care option that works for you, potential financial support for child care, and discover family programs designed to support students with children.

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FINANCIAL WELLNESS CENTER

Provides education, guidance and counseling in matters of personal finance.

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The Financial Wellness Center also offers free tax prep assistance during tax season.

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OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

Offers financial aid counseling and loads of information to support you in figuring out how to fund your education, including the U's scholarship application.

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U OF U EMERGENCY FUND

If you are experiening an emergency situation and are in need of financial assistance, please complete the application linked below.

EMERGENCY FUND APPLICATION

FAFSA (FEDERAL APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID)

Submit a FAFSA to learn if you’re eligible for federal, state, or institutional grants, Work Study funds, and federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Many scholarships also require you to have a FAFSA on file.

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STUDENT (CAMPUS) JOBS LIST

These job postings are continually updated. Also find helpful hints for your job search and a 
resume tutorial.

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WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER (WRC) EMERGENCY FUNDS

Offers small grants to students who are in danger of discontinuing their education based on a small financial shortfall. Drop by the WRC in Union 411 for an application.

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LGBT RESOURCE CENTER EMERGENCY FUNDS

U of U students can apply for up to $300 in emergency funds toward any matter that is getting in the way of their academics. (Find link to application at bottom right of their 
web page.)

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ASUU EMERGENCY LOAN

Offers small loans to U of U students. Repayment is required within the following calendar year. Use link below and scroll to application button.

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BILL RISHEL LOAN

Up to $2,500 available annually. Interest is 5% fixed and does not accumulate until one year after graduation. Loan repayment begins one year after graduation.

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INCOME SHARE AGREEMENT (ISA)

If you are within two years of graduating and need between $3,000 to $10,000, check out this new, innovative financing option.

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UTAH INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT NETWORK (UIDAN)

UIDAN offers Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) that match the deposits of hard-working low- and moderate income families. They will match your savings 3-to-1 when you save toward a first home, a small business, higher education or assistive technology devices.

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FACEBOOK PAGE FOR OFFICE OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

A great resource! Scholarships are posted here as well as important financial aid deadlines and other useful information.

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FEED U PANTRY (ON CAMPUS)

Provides non-perishable, nourishing food and hygiene kits for U of U students, their families, faculty and staff. To-go meals also available (ask at Union desk).

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LUNCH BOX - FIND FREE FOOD ON CAMPUS

Lunch Box is a free iPhone/Android app that connects students with free food on campus.

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LIST OF FOOD PANTRIES IN SALT LAKE CITY

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"FOOD STAMPS" (SNAP - SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM)

Students who meet certain requirements may be eligible for SNAP.

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DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS (FOR SNAP RECIPIENTS)

Farmers markets and farm stands across the state of Utah will match what you spend, up to $10 every market day, when you purchase Utah-grown fruits and vegetables, and plants that produce food.

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"ON CARROTS AND CURIOSITY"

2015 article published in the British Journal of Public Health reports on research that found that when people ate more fruits and vegetables, they reported greater well-being conducive to happiness, greater curiosity, and more creativity in their lives.

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"WHY EATING THE RIGHT BREAKFAST IS SO IMPORTANT"

This 2015 article in Consumer Reports offers five good reasons to eat breakfast and explains why skipping the morning meal could lead to overeating later in the day.

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HEALTHY EATING

Information and tips for healthy eating.

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STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

Services include low-cost appointments for students and family members, HIV/STD testing and counseling, immunizations and low-cost TB Tests, Sports Medicine and Travel clinics, and Prescription Assistance to those who qualify.

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STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE

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AFFORDABLE 
CARE ACT (INFORMATION FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS)

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MEDICAID

Recently expanded in Utah, so you may qualitfy! A state/federal program that covers medical expenses for certain groups of people who have limited income and resources.

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FREE AND LOW-COST MEDICAL CLINICS

Explore this list to find a clinic that serves your needs.

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UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER

Offers free individual and group counseling services to University of Utah students, faculty and staff. Psychiatric services are also available for a fee. (Video intro was recorded as part of the U's Spring 2021 Weeks of Welcome.)

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CENTER FOR STUDENT WELLNESS

Offers information and links to resources for a number of health topics. Offers low-cost condoms and free HIV/STD testing at their mobile clinics (Video intro was recorded as part of the U's Spring 2021 Weeks of Welcome.)

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WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER

Offers free individual counseling and support groups to University of Utah students, faculty, and staff.

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UNIVERSITY NEURO-PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE (UNI)

Offers behavioral and mental health care, including addiction recovery and crisis intervention services. If you’re in crisis, text or call 801-587-3000 anytime day or night.

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EMERGENCY HOUSING

If you're currently homeless or displaced or anticipating an issue with housing, the U's Emergency Fund may be able to help. The application is linked below. If you are in this situation and are not eligible for federal financial aid, please contact a Student Success Advocate.

EMERGENCY FUND APPLICATION

ON-CAMPUS HOUSING (HRE - HOUSING AND RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION)

Learn about the U of U’s residence halls, apartments, and living and learning communities.

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OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING

Register and search for off-campus housing options or connect with a potential roommate.

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CAMPUS SECURITY ESCORT (U OF U DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY)

If you need to be on campus at night or at odd hours and feel nervous about walking to your vehicle, residence hall, or another building on campus, call 801-585-2677. Tell the dispatcher where you are and request an escort to a particular campus location. They will dispatch a security officer to walk with you or to give you a ride to your desired location.

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SAFERIDE (OFFERED BY COMMUTER SERVICES)

Students, faculty and staff can request a SafeRide to and from any location on campus (except Research Park) Monday through Friday, 6 PM to 12:30 AM.

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CAMPUS POLICE (U OF U DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY)

If you're experiencing an emergency, call 911. Police or security response is also available by calling the main dispatch number, (801) 585-COPS (2677). Police officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS & RESPONSE SUPPORT

This website seeks to provide accurate and comprehensive information regarding the reporting process and available resources for University of Utah students, faculty 
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SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT ADVOCATES

Assists University of Utah students, faculty, and staff who have experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, or interpersonal violence.

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SAFEUT APP

The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention through texting and a confidential tip program – right from your smartphone.

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LEARNING DISABILITIES

Learning can be particularly challenging for some students, and it is not always clear why this is the case. The tools in this section will introduce you to useful resources for supporting your success in college and may invite you to re-think the term “learning disability.”

CENTER FOR DISABILITY AND ACCESS

Discover the services available to students with disabilities and how to qualify for accommodations.

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COUNSELING CENTER

Offers counseling services to address personal and academic stressors. See also Mindfulness Center.

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UTAH NEURO-DIVERSITY WORKFORCE PROGRAM

Increasing awareness, opportunities, and support in Utah's higher education and STEM industries for Utah's neurodiverse population.

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MINDFULNESS CENTER

Offered through the University Counseling Center, includes cognitive coaching for students with ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms and other services, including coping skills workshops, drop in mindfulness meditation, and relaxation chairs.

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LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF UTAH RESOURCE LIST

Where to find educational assessment, tutoring, therapeutic services, etc.

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LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

Find websites and publications that will guide you to information on LD/ADHD, teaching, professionals in the field, disability rights and advocacy, and government agencies and resource centers.

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THE GIFT OF LEARNING DIFFERENTLY

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THE MANY STRENGTHS OF DYSLEXICS

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ADHD: DISABILITY OR GIFT?

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ENGINEERS AND AUTISM

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SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF DYSLEXIA

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computer iconONLINE LEARNING

The tools in this section are carefully selected to support your effectiveness in an online learning environment. Find additional learning resources and tools in other sections on this page.

CAMPUS HELP DESK (UIT)

Search the Knowledge Base any time. Or email or call M-F, 7 AM – 10 PM, Sa/Su, 8 AM – 6 PM Mountain Time.

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CANVAS BROWSER REQUIREMENTS

For details about browsers and plug-ins that work best with Canvas.

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CANVAS STUDENT (MOBILE APP)

Canvas Student enables access to courses using a mobile device. Be aware that not all functions are available, and submitting assignments is not always reliable with app.

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STUDENT ORIENTATION TO CANVAS

Use this nifty resource created by the Office of Teaching & Learning Technologies to learn the basics including logging in, account settings, navigating, Canvas Support, etc.

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KNOWLEDGE COMMONS (IN MARRIOT LIBRARY)

For technology assistance, computer labs, printing services, available software, and equipment check out.

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FREE AND LOW-COST SOFTWARE AVAILABLE FROM THE U

The Office of Software Licensing provides Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office for free for students with special educational pricing for a variety of additional software.

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ZOOM PRO USER LICENSE ACTIVATION

Available for free to all students at the University of Utah (only required if you plan to be a host and need more than 40 minutes).

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ETUTORING & ONLINE WRITING LAB

Free and available to all undergraduate students at the U.

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LEARNING CENTER (TUTORING)

Connect with a trained tutor for FREE.

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CANVAS STUDENT GUIDES

From how to submit an assignment to how to view your grades, go here for the most up-to-date instructions.

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SET NOTIFICATION PREFERENCES

Adjust these in order to be alerted to communication, announcements, and feedback from your instructor.

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SET YOUR TIME ZONE

To ensure you are viewing due dates and events in the calendar correctly, set your time zone to your current location. If you do not change your time zone, all due dates and times listed in Canvas default to Mountain Time (MT).

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PROCTER U SET-UP INSTRUCTIONS

ProctorU is an online proctoring service that you will access through your Canvas quiz/exam. Be aware that it can take up to 48 hours for an account to be activated to allow you to log in, so get set up as soon as you know that your course is using ProctorU!

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HOW TO SUBMIT A VIDEO ASSIGNMENT

Step-by-step instructions for submitting a video assignment in Canvas.

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HOW TO CREATE AND POST A VIDEO TO A DISCUSSION (OR OTHER TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT)

Describes three options for creating a video for a Canvas assignment.

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ONLINE ED: IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?

This is a great video for determining if taking online classes is a good choice for you. You'll learn what factors pose the biggest threats to success and how to manage them.

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HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL ONLINE STUDENT (THIS IS REALLY GOOD!)

Addresses three topics central to success online: Managing your Time, Communicating Effectively, and Taking Responsibility for Your Success.

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5 TIPS TO SUCCEED IN AN ONLINE COURSE

Streamlined counsel for students taking an online class.

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4 TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

Excellent counsel for online students—quickly gets to the heart of the matter.

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CREATE A CONDUCIVE STUDY ENVIRONMENT

A simple guide to this fundamental component for online success.

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COMMUNICATE CLEARLY (AND OFTEN) WITH YOUR PROFESSOR

Straightforward explanation and example of effective online communication.

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PARTICIPATING IN ONLINE DISCUSSIONS

Here are two excellent sources of guidance for getting the most out of this common type of online assignment and feeling good about your contributions.

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ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN THE ONLINE ENVIRONMENT

The first video linked below was created by a student during the pandemic and offers excellent and detailed practical advice. The second was presented by the University of Utah Learning Center as part of the U's Spring 2021 Weeks of Welcome.

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STRESS MANAGEMENT

Stress is a normal part of life. For college students, it can be significantly heightened at times. Acknowledging and learning how to manage your stress will make you a more effective student.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

No matter what problems you are dealing with, there are reason to keep living. Call 800-273-8255 (TALK) and you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

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LOCAL 24-HOUR CRISIS LINE (TEXT OR CALL)

Text or Call 801-587-3000 anytime day or night and connect with the University Neuropsychiatric Institute's Crisis Line.

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WARM LINE

If you're not in crisis but are seeking support, engagement, or encouragement, call 801-587-1055 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Certified Peer Specialists offer support and empower callers to resolve problems by fostering a sense of hope, dignity, and self-respect.

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RECEIVING CENTER (UNIVERSITY NEURO-PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE - UNI)

A short-term (up to 23 hours) secure center providing therapeutic crisis management. Click on "learn more" and scroll down.

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UNI MOBILE CRISIS OUTREACH TEAM (MCOT)

Provides a free, prompt, face-to-face response to any resident of Salt Lake County who is experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Call the Crisis Line at 801-587-3000.

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SAFEUT APP

The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention through texting and a confidential tip program – right from your phone.

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Mental health first responders (MH1)

 For students who live on campus, free after-hours mental health support

7 days a week, 4 PM to 2 AM - Call 385-321-5356 

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UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER

Offers free individual and group counseling services. Psychiatric services are also available for a fee. See also Mindfulness Center.(Video intro was recorded as part of the U's Spring 2021 Weeks of Welcome.)

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WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER (WRC)

Offers educational and support services for women through programs, counseling, and training grounded in a commitment to advance social justice and equality. (Video intro was recorded as part of the U's Spring 2021 Weeks of Welcome.)

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MINDFULNESS CENTER

Offered through the University Counseling Center, includes cognitive coaching for students with ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms and other services, including coping skills workshops, drop in mindfulness meditation, and relaxation chairs.

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DREAM CENTER

The U supports undocumented students. This program works holistically with undocumented students and their families from college access through graduation. (Video intro was recorded as part of the U's Spring 2021 Weeks of Welcome.)

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FINANCIAL WELLNESS CENTER

Provides education, guidance and counseling in matters of personal finance.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT ADVOCATES

Assists University of Utah students, faculty, and staff who have experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, or interpersonal violence.

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WELLNESS COACHING

Offered by the Center for Student Wellness, wellness coaching supports people in finding balance in life by building a plan to reach their wellness goals.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS & RESPONSE SUPPORT

Provides accurate and comprehensive information regarding the reporting process and available resources for U of U students, faculty and staff.

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WALK THE LABYRINTH (COURTYARD BEHIND CTIHB)

Labyrinths are ancient structures found in many cultural and spiritual traditions. Walking the labyrinth can reduce your stress and help you regain focus. It can be a profoundly calming experience.

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HOW TO MAKE STRESS YOUR FRIEND

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal discusses new research that reveals that how you view stress may be more important (in terms of its impact) than the stress itself.

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STRUGGLE FOR SMARTS?

This fascinating story from NPR's Morning Edition invites you to consider your view of the role of struggle in the learning process. The implication is that simply adjusting your mindset can make an important difference!

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RESILIENCE: HOW DO WE PIECE OURSELVES BACK TOGETHER?

This short video, created by students, captures the power of resilience in word and image.

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ACTION PLAN: STRESSORS, SOLUTIONS, RESOURCES

A worksheet for identifying sources of stress in multiple domains of your life, relevant resources for addressing each, and potential solutions.

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MINDFULNESS AND HOW TO DEVELOP IT

The short video linked below introduces the concept of mindfulness and describes its three key elements. The article expands on this and includes excellent additional resources.

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PRACTICING MINDFULNESS

In this short video, Student Success Advocate April Ollivier describes how to begin developing a mindfulness practice. It was recorded as part of the U's Spring 2021 Weeks of Welcome.


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GUIDED MEDITATIONS FROM THE UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER

Use these short audio recordings for relaxation, calming, and grounding.

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HOW TO PRACTICE SELF-COMPASSION

This excellent article explains what self-compassion is and what it isn't, and offers guidance for how to integrate it into your life.

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TIME MANAGEMENT

Managing and using your time effectively is a skill that can be learned and strengthened. Whatever your particular situation, you can become more effective with the help of the tools in this section.

 

HOW TO MANAGE TIME, REDUCE STRESS, AND INCREASE HAPPINESS

This video effectively introduces several key principles of time management. It was created by a college professor for college students.

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TIME MANAGEMENT & PROCRASTINA-TION

This video was presented by the University of Utah Learning Center as part of the U's Spring 2021 Weeks of Welcome.

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POWER IDEAS FROM THE WISE

A good idea can change everything.

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USING THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE

This video demonstrates how to use the Pomodoro technique to manage your time for a productive day of studying.

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TIME MANAGEMENT SELF ASSESSMENT

Use these ten questions to assess what you are doing well and what needs some attention.

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GET TO KNOW YOURSELF

Answer these questions to gain important insight as you work to strengthen your time management. 

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168 Hours

Provides a way to assess how you are currently using your time in order to identify where you may benefit from specific adjustments.

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NAMING YOUR PRIORITIES & GETTING REAL(ISTIC)

These simple worksheets are designed to assist in discerning what matters most to you, what you may need to let go of, and what you will keep in your life as you seek to give full attention to college.

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COVEY'S TIME MANAGEMENT GRID

A brief primer on how to use Covey’s Time Management Grid to organize priorities.

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ASSIGNMENT TRACKING SHEET: WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE

A simple, easily-adapted form for keeping track of assignments due in multiple classes. Can work well if you prefer to track your assignments on paper, rather than on a computer. Adapt and print all you need for the term!

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ASSIGNMENT TRACKING SHEET: SEMESTER-AT-A-GLANCE

A simple, easily-adapted form for keeping track of assignments due in multiple classes. Allows for the entire semester to be visible on a single page.

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE FORM

A simple, easily-adapted form for creating a  schedule for a full week, however detailed you choose. Each day is presented in 30 minute increments.

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"TO DO" LISTS

Get in the habit of creating daily, weekly, and semester to do lists.

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PROCRASTINA-TION, THE MUSICAL

An entertaining introduction to procrastination, perhaps the number one nemesis of college students! (Sometimes it helps to laugh at ourselves a little.)

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THE SCIENCE OF PROCRASTINA-TION AND HOW TO MANAGE IT

This short video explains why you may procrastinate and offers some concrete ways to manage this tendency.

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5 TIPS FOR HOW TO STUDY WHEN YOU'RE NOT MOTIVATED TO STUDY

These are seriously good ideas for how to help yourself when you’re just not feeling it.

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STOP PROCRASTINA-TING: TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

A simple exercise for addressing procrastination. Acknowledges that procrastination is often situation specific and so is the solution.

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Last Updated: 10/5/21