Students’ Resources

Test Preparation

  • Tips for Better Test Taking – When you take a test, you are demonstrating your ability to understand course material or perform certain tasks. Successful test taking avoids carelessness.
  • Test Taking Tips – Quick tips to help you get a better score TestTakingTips.com
  • Post Test Tips – What should you do when you get that test back?
  • SAT/PSAT  Prep – Free resources for students at Belmont Public Library. TERC (Testing & Education Reference Center) offers online access to practice tests for the PSAT, SAT – general & subject specific, & AP tests, as well as test prep ebooks available 24/7.  TERC can be accessed through the Belmont Public Library website, www.belmont.lib.ma.us, then the database tab, and the education links.  The first time a student accesses the site, they will be required to type in a Belmont library card number, but after that, they should be good to go.This alternative link will bypass the library webpage & go directly to the login page.

Easing Test Anxiety

  • Test Anxiety-Teens Health – You’ve participated in class, done all of your homework, studied hard, and you think you have a grip on the material. But then the day of the test comes. Suddenly, you blank out, freeze up, zone out, or feel so nervous that you can’t get it together to respond to those questions you knew the answers to just last night.

Time Management

  • Sites To Promote Academic Success – Here is a sampling of sites that provide tips to help you manage your time, take better notes and study more effectively, work on your memory, take tests, and handle the stresses of college life. You can also explore your learning style and explore some excellent general academic success sites.
  • 15 Tools to Help Students Get Organized – After the holiday vacation some students will return to school determined to get organized and improve their grades. The following fifteen resources could help those students get a handle on managing their assignment due dates.
  • School Organization Tips for Students – Adults are fond of saying, “Use your time wisely.”  They say this because it’s  actually an important skill to learn while young.  Many adults in the workforce  still don’t know how to use time wisely; those people generally are not  successful.

Study Skills

  • Online Tools for Homework and Study Skills – In this New York Times article, Tara Parker-Pope recommends a series of online homework and study aids:
    • Easybib.com – Students can type in a website or source name and Easybib will automatically generate a citation in whatever style format the teacher requires.
    • Prezi.com – A cloud-based presentation tool that allows for zooming and panning and can make presentations more dynamic and fun.
    • Quizlet.com – Students can create flashcards and study guides to review material online or on a mobile device. Created by high-school students in 2007, the site has more than 40 million study sets generated by users.
    • Storybird.com – This site helps students create a story or poem or present material using a variety of illustrations.
    • Sparknotes.com – Summaries of literary works with analyses of important quotes, key facts, study questions, essay topics, and quizzes.
    • HowLongToReadThis.com – Students enter the name of a written work, a timer determines their reading speed as they read a sample paragraph, and they’re told how long it will take to finish the book.
    • KhanAcademy.org – Brief tutorials on a wide array of topics and grade levels.
    • Kindle books – Features include highlighting, vocabulary help, and being able to search a long book for a key passage.
    • Google Docs – A group of students can create, edit, collaborate on, and store documents, which can be opened on any computer with an Internet connection. Teachers can add notes and comment on drafts.

    “Help with Homework, Pixel by Pixel” by Tara Parker-Pope in The New York Times, November 17, 2015, http://nyti.ms/1XaaOM2

Homework Help

  • 100 Best Websites for Free Homework Help – Whether you are trying to boost your grades before applying for college or are struggling to bring up a low GPA, you’ll likely want some help that will get you back on track without straining your wallet. The following list is full of sites that will make it easier for you to find free help with your homework. Get general homework help, join a social network with other students, look for help on a specific subject, and learn how to research and study better with these awesome websites.
  • 26 Helpful Homework Links – 26 quick links to helpful homework help.

Technology

Career

  • 25 Twitter Chats for Career Valuable AdviceWhile some lucky college students find work right away, for most others, the idea of hitting the job market after graduation is a little intimidating if not downright scary. With competition tough and opportunities limited, finding a job can be difficult. Yet, students and recent grads shouldn’t lose hope: finding a great job is possible even in this market, especially when you get a little help from those who know what it takes to get hired. While career counselors at your school can be a great source of information, grads can also seek out guidance on their own through a wide range of career-focused Twitter chats. Here, we’ve listed some of the best get-togethers on Twitter for learning about everything from resume writing to working with recruiters to scoring a killer internship and just about everything in between.

Research

  • Helping Students find Primary Sources – (Originally titled “Straight from the Horse’s Mouth”) In this Education Update article, author John Micklos Jr. recommends several online resources for original documents:

    Micklos suggests that students ask five questions as they search for primary-source materials:

    • Who is responsible for the information? Credentials and credibility?
    • What’s the goal and who is the intended audience? Is the aim disseminating information, persuading, or selling products?
    • Is this the original source, or was it copied or transcribed from somewhere else?
    • Are the materials accurate? Compare with other sources.
    • Does the source incorporate diverse perspectives?

    “Straight from the Horse’s Mouth” by John Micklos Jr. in Education Update, November 2015 (Vol. 57, #11, p. 2-3, 6), http://bit.ly/1Mxadd8

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