Student Learning Commons: Specific Courses

Sites with Resources for Many Different Types of Courses

  • The Khan Academy - A free site with "over 2400 videos [as of Sept. 2011] covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance and history."  Also contains practice exercises, mainly in high school level math.
  • MITOpenCourseware (Massachussetts Institute of Technology) - Contains practice exams and assignments, lecture notes, recorded lectures, and other resources for many different disciplines, from chemistry to history to math to linguistics!  Great for practice materials or just another, highly reputable, perspective on the information in your course.
  • HowtoStudy.org (Chemeketa Community College) - Scroll down for links to 29 disciplines.
  • Spark Notes - Free online study guides for background information in several disciplines including the sciences, math, history, economics, psychology, literature and film. Contains practice test questions in math and the sciences.

 

Accounting

Anthropology

Biology

Business

  • Business Presentations - A SFU Library page that links to resources to help you conduct a successful presentation in Business or any other discipline.
  • Online MBA Programs Guide - Contains study strategies for MBA students - which are applicable to others as well - but also contains numerous other resources such as general strategies for online learning, a list of MBA schools, a glossary of business terms, and links to sites with study tips for other disciplines. 

Chemistry

  • SLC Problem Solving page
  • General Chemistry Online (Frostburg State University)
    • Check out the Exam Survival Guide: 10 Ways to Pass Your Next Exam, General tips on how to answer questions on measurement, matter and molarity, plus chemistry practice exams
    • Also see the Tutorial index: A helpful selection of tutorials and quizzes on measurement, matter, atoms & ions, compounds, chemical change, and gases
  • How to Pass Chemistry (University of Guam) - Helpful tips to set you on your way and a list of study traps to avoid
  • Online Periodic Table (Chemical Elements.com) - Quick periodic table reference at your fingertips
  • Chemistry from MITOpenCourseware (MIT) - lots of practice exams, lecture notes, multimedia content etc. from chemistry courses.

Cognitive Science

Computing Science

Contemporary Arts (FPA)

Earth Sciences

Economics

Engineering

  • SLC Problem Solving page
  • How to Study Math, Science & Engineering (California State Polytechnic University) - An engineering professor gives detailed guidelines on how to be successful in Engineering .
  • An Engineering Student Survival Guide (North Carolina State University) - A chemical engineering professor who is also an expert on learning styles addresses common challenges in engineering from a learning styles perspective.
  • MITOpenCourseware (Massachussetts Institute of Technology) - Contains practice exams and assignments, lecture notes, recorded lectures, and other resources for many different disciplines, including many subdisciplines of engineering.

English

  • Critical Reading: A Guide (Brock University) - A guide to what you might look for in analyzing literature, particularly poetry and fiction. Gives instructions for writing an analytical essay.
  • Literature from MITOpenCourseware (MIT) - lots of practice exams, lecture notes, multimedia sources etc. from Literature courses at MIT.

Foreign Languages

Gender Studies

Geography

History

Linguistics

Math

  • SLC Problem Solving page - Includes resources on reading math texts, taking math tests, note-taking for math, overcoming math anxiety, and more.
  • How to Study Math, Science & Engineering (California State Polytechnic University) - A comprehensive page covering everything from time management to course planning to study strategies.
  • Math Study Skills: High School vs. College (Mission College) - A chart showing ways in which students must adapt themselves to the expectations of university-level math.
  • Exercises in Math Readiness for University Study (University of Saskatchewan) - Practice problems, including hints and solutions, for many areas of math.
  • Mathwords - "An interactive math dictionary with enough math words, math terms, math formulas, pictures, diagrams, tables, and examples to satisfy your inner math geek."
  • The Khan Academy - Although this free site with "over 2400 videos"  [as of Sept. 2011] includes content-related help for other disciplines, it is particularly strong for math at all levels.  Also contains practice exercises, mainly in high school level math.
  • Math Tutoring Videos (Just Math Tutoring) - Pages and pages of free online videos, showing math tutor "Patrick JMT" solving calculus, algebra, and trigonometry problems.
  • Mathematics from MITOpenCourseware (MIT) - Lots of practice exams, assignments, lecture notes. etc. from math courses.

Philosophy

Physics

  • SLC Problem Solving page
  • How to Study Physics - Helpful hints on effective participation during physics lecture, reading your physics textbook, problem solving in physics, effective test preparation, and a weekly flowchart for studying physics.
  • How to Study Physics (Lockhaven Univesity; reprinted from a 1955 pamphlet published by Addison-Wesley) - A very comprehensive page that covers everything from why study physics, to labs, to note-taking, to exams.
  • The Virtual Laboratory (University of Oregon) - Interactive exercises in astronomy, energy and environment, mechanics, and thermodynamics, plus graphing and spreadsheet tools.
  • Physics from MITOpenCourseware (MIT) - Lots of practice exams, assignments, lecture notes, etc. from physics courses.

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology

  • Improving your Sociology Study Skills (University of Wisconsin Superior) - Contains tips on reading and test-taking, as well as specific advice for students who do well in math and science courses but not in Sociology.

Urban Studies

World Literature

  • Critical Reading: A Guide (Brock University) - A guide to what you might look for in analyzing literature, particularly poetry and fiction. Gives instructions for writing an analytical essay.
  • Literature from MITOpenCourseware (MIT) - lots of practice exams, lecture notes, multimedia sources etc. from Literature courses at MIT.

Find resources about writing in specific disciplines.