Academic Resources

Time Management

Time management may be the single most important skill to learn while you are in college. This skill will benefit you throughout your life in any career you pursue. The sooner you begin to develop this skill, the more successful you will be here at HSU. If you learn to successfully manage your time, you will increase your efficiency, learn more effectively and reduce stress in your life. Check out these awesome resources that will teach you time management techniques!

Adapted from Cornell University: 

Time Management System-Writing it down

Need some self-discipline? Find it here:

HSU has a whole guide for time management and several handouts available for free on-line:

Study Skills

Study skills are crucial to your academic success. The university expects that you are going to put in hundreds of hours studying each semester. This may seem like a huge tedious task but, when done right, proper studying will pay off in magical A’s on your tests, research papers and ultimately your course grades. Good study skills equal good GPA. Don’t know how to study effectively? These resources can teach you some solid skills!

Dartmouth has a whole host of handouts that cover every aspect of studying:

Study Guides and Strategies is a website dedicated to empowering learners:

The University of Chicago has created a whole pamphlet collection on various study skills:

Goal Setting

Your college experience is what you make of it; might as well make it great. Actively pursue your goals while you are here at HSU. Figure out what you want to study, what organizations you want to join, and what kind of grades you want to get. It is important to set both academic and personal goals for yourself.

Tips for getting what you want:

Learn to develop S.M.A.R.T. Goals, courtesy of the University of Kansas:

Evaluate Your Reason for College

Steve Pavlina, author of "Personal Development for Smart People," recommends spending time figuring out why you're going to college. Some people go because that's what's expected of them by peers and family. Others may have a specific career path that requires a college degree. Even if you're an honors student in high school, you should perform this exercise to determine how to proceed with your goal setting. Having a clear point and reason for attending college will help keep you on track for success.

Make a Chart
The Time Thoughts Web site recommends making a time chart to help set your goals. With your free time between classes, you need a method to manage your down time with classroom time. Chart the times when you are the most mentally alert so you can use that time for study and project completion. The times when your mind needs more rest are ideal for recreational activities, social events, fitness and sports.

Document Time Wasters
Most successful students know the activities that rob them of precious time, and they've learned to work around them. Document what you do throughout the day, and you're likely to see a pattern of activities that don't lead to your goals. Typical time wasters may be checking email, social networking, playing video games, talking on the telephone and text messaging. You don't have to give up all of those things. Know what they are and exercise them during a block of time when you don't need to be as productive.

Visual Imaging
As you plan for college, do some visual imaging and mentally take yourself to where you want to be when you're finished, advises Steve Pavlina. As you see yourself going through the college experience in your mind, jot down some of the details. Incorporate a balance of attending class, studying, socializing and participating in activities to have the full college experience in your visual imaging. Include the obstacles you expect to face and imagine getting past them so you can reach your goal. Doing this exercise programs your mind for success in college.

Set Priorities
One of the biggest stress inducers is procrastination, claims the Effective Time Management Strategies Web site. Whether you're wasting time or putting off something because you don't enjoy doing it, you'll still wind up feeling stressed when you have to complete a task or cram for an exam at the last minute. Use a planner and enter the dates and times projects are due, as well as exams and anything else that is essential for you to succeed in college. Divide your tasks into smaller, more manageable parts. If you study for an hour each day, you may be able to avoid the stress of having to stay up all night before an exam.

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Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is of serious concern at Humboldt. It is integral to all six principles for building successful campus community, especially to the maintenance of a "just" and "disciplined" campus. Students are expected to maintain high standards of academic integrity.

Continue reading the campus Academic Honesty policy

Tutorial Services

The Learning Center provides tutorial assistance to students having difficulties in specific courses. Tutors assist students in mastering course content as well as developing effective learning strategies and study skills for the specific subject. Most tutors are recommended by instructors and attend a tutor training course through the Learning Center. To sign up for tutoring, stop by the Learning Center in the Library basement, room 055.

Free Small-Group Tutoring is available by request for some courses. Small groups consist of four or more students in the same course with the same instructor. Tutors help students work together to master course content as well as develop good learning strategies for the subject.

One-on-One Tutoring for most subject areas upon request. The cost for one-on-one tutoring is $10.00/hour. Some students may qualify for free tutorial services. If a tutor is not available immediately, the tutorial staff will try to recruit a tutor upon the recommendation of the instructor.

Contact the HSU Learning Center at (707) 826-5217.