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Academic Success Resources

Note-taking Skills

The University is committed to academic resources to support student success. This site guides students to services available on campus, from our peer institutions, and other non-university websites. Students are always encouraged to seek out assistance early in the semester. In addition to utilizing these tutoring services and academic success resources, students should consult their academic department for more resources in their major courses. The Undergraduate Catalog provides contact information for your major department and a directory of all student resources and services.  


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University of Maryland, College Park Academic Success Resources

  • The Counseling Center offers online academic and study strategy resources such as time management, studying, test preparation, apps to help you track and achieve your goals, and more. 

  • PSYC 100 offers helpful online academic success resources based on psychological studies:

    • 01-D: Studying Smart: effective vs. ineffective study behaviors
    • 01-E: Healthy Brain = Better Gains: Beneficial effects of sleep, nutrition, and exercise on mental performance
    • 01-H: Distraction: pitfalls of digital distractions in class meetings

Peer Institution Websites*

*Peer Institution Websites: Resources from UMD peer institutions offer valuable information. While most of the information can be used by any student regardless of where they are enrolled, note that some links may provide contact information/resources that are available only to that particular institution. Special thanks to our peer institutions.

  • Oregon State University*:

    • Cornell Note-Taking System*: How to organize your notes during lectures.
    • Note-Taking 101*: Helpful tips on note-taking strategies, 10 great ways to use your notes, myths, and overcoming note-taking obstacles during lectures. Be aware that some resources listed are specific to Oregon State University.

  • Pennsylvania State University*: Note-Taking: Tips about lecture note-taking, effective listening, short-hand note-taking tips.

  • Rutgers University*: Study and Writing Skills: Helpful 1-2 page worksheets/guidelines on note-taking, among other tips.

  • Purdue University*: Academic Resource Handouts: List of helpful handouts/guidelines on note-taking, speed reading, staying focused, test taking, studying, among other tips.

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)*: Tips & Tools: List of helpful links and videos on how to be productive: effective note taking, managing distractions, among other tips. However, be aware that some resource links listed are specific to UNC Chapel Hill campus.

  • The Ohio State University (OSU)*:

  • University of Michigan*: 42 minute video: Listening Effectively & Taking Noteworthy Notes: scroll to the bottom of this page to watch a “listening effectively & taking noteworthy notes” seminar. Note that the text above the video is part of the presentation transcript but it is missing some contextual information, such as charts/graphics and discussion from the speaker, thus it may be best to watch the video to retrieve the full message.


University of Maryland

The Tutoring and Academic Success Resources website provides links to non-UMD sites. Although every effort is made to provide relevant, accurate, and helpful information, the University of Maryland is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these sites.