study skills

A page of other links associated with study skills

Note making and Note taking Tools


Highlight and annotate your documents in the same way you would mark up a piece of paper with a highlighter and pen

Corkboard me


iSearchNotes allows college students to search for and share class notes with each other.


Drag and Drop one of the stickies' icons from upper right palette where you want to post on your canvas


With NotePub you can:
- take notes
- Publish your blog,wiki, or foumn
- Make a photo album
- save text, links, and pictures from other websites.
- share ideas, collaborate, chat.
- Keep a to do list with links to detailed descriptions of each task.
- Encrypy your private data before it is sent to NotePub.
- See how a note has changed over time and go back to a previous version .
- Upload and organize files using tags instead of folders.


allows you to create pages, to work on them together with your friends, and to share files. Springnote is also a great tool for group projects as it allows group members to easily collaborate. Advanced search, numerous templates, and 2GB of FREE File Storage are only few examples of how Springnote can help you. Of course, you already know that Springnote is an Internet service, meaning you can access it from anywhere anytime.


Start making your notes online.

Examples of note taking forms and graphical organizers

Free interactive tools for notetaking:
  • Graphic Map – create timeline, graph, rating form
  • Webbing Tool – create flowchart, concept map, use for brainstorming
  • Two or three circle Venn Diagrams – compare and contrast

Tools for Reading, Writing, and Thinking - interesting modifications of graphic organizers
[Greece Central School District - English Language Arts, Brian Ladewig]

Black line graphic organizers
[Houghton Mifflin Education Place – Graphic Organizers]
A portal of pictorial or graphical ways of organizing and representing information.

Power Thinking – shows a system for organizing hierarchically (outline)
[ – Strategies for Reading Comprehension]

Clearinghouse for computer-based tools (Inspiration) and strategies
[Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon – Computer-Based Study Strategies]

Tips and Advice

How to teach students to quote, paraphrase, summarize
Started a Publisher project...ended up teaching summarizing
Outlines a process for using a word processor to teach extracting and summarizing
[A blog by Marsha Ratzel]

Fact Fragment Frenzy – tool to teach how to identify key terms for a search or essential words for a summary
[International Reading Association - ReadThinkWrite.Org]

Summarizing - provides conceptual overview and teaching methodology
[ Strategies for Reading Comprehension]

Methodology for teaching paraphrasing with examples and an exercise
[Purdue University: OWL Writing Lab]

Organizational advice for taking notes
[Duke University: Avoiding Plagiarism, Practical Strategies]

How to use the words of others in a summary, to quote and to paraphrase
[Cal State L.A. University Writing Center]

Developing Paraphrasing Skills: Putting It in Your Own words (and More): How to teach and evaluate paraphrasing with examples and exercises
[US Embassy Ankara Turkey – Summer workshop by Jan Frosden, University of California, Santa Barbara]
Teaches transcribing, translating, paraphrasing, condensing, and imitating as aspects of paraphrasing
[Yale Teachers Institute - Writing Through Reading by Cheryl Anastasio]
Sequence of steps and examples for teaching paraphrasing
[Oregon State University English Language Institute - Paraphrasing, Steps and Examples by Deborah Healey]

Key readings to help you think about the big ideas
A comprehensive database of general (comprehension, notetaking, organization, etc.) and content-area-specific learning strategies.
[Center for Advancement of Learning, Muskingum College)

Build Your Own Information Literate School by Carol Zoechlin and Sandi Zwaan (Hi Wil
low, 2003)
Learning Maps and Memory Skills by Ingemar Svantesson (Kogan Page, 2004)
"Notemaking Techniques for Young Children" by Bobbie Neate in Writing in the Elementary Classroom, ed. Janet Evans. (Heinemann, 2001)
Reading Comprehension; Strategies for Independent Learners by Camille Blachowicz and Donna Ogle (Guilford, 2001)
Reading comprehension strategies process for understanding an essay you must analyze before taking notes
[Virginia Tech – Essays]

"Thinking Maps: Visual Tools for Activating Habits of Mind" by David Hyerly in Activating and Engaging Habits of Mind, ed. Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick (ASCD, 2000)

Jane hearts Notetaking/Sharing and whiteboard links