General Study Tips ,Tools, and Technology

The best students know the secret to being successful academically: study smarter, not harder. In other words, you have a better chance at earning good grades if you focus on quality study skills  that help you engage and understand concepts instead of logging countless hours of studying to memorize. You can build a toolbox of study skills to help achieve this, including techniques like understanding your own strengths and weaknesses, exploring new methods to studying, and minimizing distractions. The advice below is just a sample of ways you can move toward more efficient learning.


Tools for Effective Learning

The Study Cycle for Success

Learning and Retention Pyramid

Top Ten Resources

Beyond Highlighting

Concept Mapping

Information Mapping

Survive and Thrive in BMS 508


Sonocent is a notetaking software that allows students to record lectures on a laptop or mobile device. It allows the user to highlight information and  import slides or diagrams next to the audio files and include text notes. It is available through Sonocent’s website for a 30 day free trial period and for purchase, or Student Accessibility Services (SAS) may have a limited number of licenses available for use.

Library Resources

Library Research Guides:

Ask-A-Librarian (chat/email for library research questions) or

Librarian Appointments: (also can be found via Library Staff Directory buttons:

Library Spaces information: and


Couldn't find what you were looking for? Contact us!