Academic Skills Coaching

Many Carleton students want to develop new strategies for addressing time management, test preparation, and study skills in the Carleton environment.

The goal of academic skills coaching is to prepare students with the necessary skills to succeed at Carleton, including note-taking, participating in class, avoiding procrastination, and planning for long-term assignments. 

Email Kathy Evertz, Director of the Academic Support Center, at to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet.

Also, the Area Directors, shown on the right, are trained in Academic Skills.   Contact one of them to set up a mutually convenient time to meet.

Coaching is available on a number of academic skills:

  • scheduling time for term-long assignments, such as research papers or labs
  • organizing busy schedules that include homework, student employment, and extracurricular activities
  • improving in-class note taking and participation
  • improving study skills outside the class, including review of in-class notes and preparation for class
  • developing effective test preparation strategies

Useful Resources

Texas State University's Student Learning Assistance Center offers study skills assistance with easy access to convenient reference sheets, popular online sites, and commonly used applications for mobile devices.

The Cornell Method is a system and a format that builds on what is known as the 5R's of note taking. Record, Reduce, Recite, Reflect and Review. This useful website explains why and how to use the Cornell Method. Also, create your own customized Cornell notepaper. Go to the bottom of the page to insert your name, the name of the class, and the date of the class on your notepaper. You can also choose from ruled, graph paper, or blank (we suggest ruled), and whether or not you want it to include places for three-ring binder holes!

The University of Texas at Austin's Learning Center offers an impressive array of online handouts, covering everything from study strategies and related issues (motivation, time management, overcoming procrastination, how to read a textbook, improving concentration, effective listening and note taking, test taking, and overcoming test anxiety) to taking tests in the sciences, reducing stress, and final-exam survival techniques.

Dartmouth College: Learn proven techniques and strategies for improving academic learning. These four videotapes will help college and university students get the most out of their academic experience. Developed by learning professionals in the Academic Skills Center at Dartmouth College, and produced by the College's Instructional Services video staff, the videos cover time management, notetaking, stress management, reading improvement, and strategic learning.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Time Management and Organization online learning modules.

VARK: The online questionnaire alerts people to the variety of different approaches to learning. It also supports those who have been having difficulties with their learning. Teachers, trainers and coaches who would like to develop additional learning strategies can also benefit from using VARK.