Additional Academic Resources

The Academic Center for Excellence offers high-quality, personalized peer tutoring in diverse subjects as well as interactive workshops to help students develop the academic skills necessary for success in college and beyond.  While we strongly encourage all students to take advantage of ACE's in-house academic services, we also support students' self-directed exploration of subject-specific topics and academic skills and strategies.  The following is a partial list of online resources available from other academic institutions and organizations to help students build subject matter knowledge and develop academic skills.  These resources should be considered a supplement to consultations with ACE coordinators, ACE tutors, and faculty who can provide customized guidance that addresses a student's specific, individual needs.   

 

Academic/Study Skills

  • An Introduction to Metacognition and Its Application to Learning and Succeeding in College
    • Law professor Dr. Julian Hermida of Algoma University provides an easy-to-understand discussion of metacognition and the three key components of metacognition.  He also describes William Perry's 4-stage model of the learning process and how students move through each of the stages during their college career.  This is an excellent introduction to "thinking about thinking" (i.e. metacognition).  
     
  • Samford University's "How to Study" video series
    • Psychology professor Dr. Chew of Samford University explains not only how to study effectively but also why those study techniques are so effective.  These short videos provide simple, practical advice on how to improve your ability to learn and remember new information based on the latest research into metacognition, learning theory, and cognitive psychology. 
  • How to Study Math, Science, and Engineering
    • UNF's own Dr. Murat Tiryakioglu, Director of the School of Engineering, created this literal study guide that details the most effective strategies, procedures, and techniques for studying math, science, and engineering.  Dr. Murat discusses the entire studying process, from previewing material before class to taking notes and incorporating material from the lecture and textbook, from problem solving strategies to problem analysis, and from test preparation to test taking and post-test analysis.  The procedures in this guide are supported by cognitive science research and by faculty and student experience; they promote purposeful, active, and deep learning.  This is a must-read and must-apply guide for any UNF student taking a course in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.   
     

Writing

  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
    • Purdue's OWL offers over 200 free resources related to grammar and mechanics, style and language, citation conventions, the writing process, rhetoric and logic, different types of essay genres, research, and resources for English as a Second Language students.
     
  • University of Wisconsin: Writer's Handbook
    • UW-Madison's Writer's Handbook offers numerous handouts related to many aspects of writing, including improving your writing style, the stages of the writing process, common writing assignments, grammar and punctuation, and citation conventions. 
     

Mathematics, Statistics, and Computing

  • webcast.berkeley  
    • webcast.berkeley offers video and audio recordings of on-campus Berkeley courses.  Available courses in mathematics focus on analytic geometry and calculus, but new courses are added every semester.  Offerings in computer science include: an introduction to computer science, programming languages, software engineering, and data structures (among many others).       
  • MIT Open Courseware
    • MIT Open Courseware offers multimedia recordings of on-campus MIT courses as well as lecture notes, assignments, and assignment solutions (availability of this content varies by course).  Mathematics courses include calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, and numerous more advanced topics.  Computing topics include: introductions to programming, algorithms, program structure, and artificial intelligence (among others). Content and course offerings are updated frequently.  
     
  • The Math Forum at Drexel University
    • The Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library links to hundreds of mathematics resources across the web.  Resources are organized by subject (e.g. Algebra, Calculus, Statistics, etc.) 
     
  • Khan Academy
    • The Khan Academy produces online video tutorials on a wide range of topics.  These tutorials walk through example problems, demonstrate problem-solving techniques and methodologies, and discuss conceptual topics.  Mathematics topics include (but are not limited to): Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Linear Algebra, Statistics, and Trigonometry.  

Natural Sciences 

  • webcast.berkeley
    • webcast.berkeley offers video and audio recordings of on-campus Berkeley courses.  Disciplines covered among the natural sciences include: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics.    
     
  • MIT Open Courseware
    • MIT Open Courseware offers multimedia recordings of on-campus MIT courses as well as lecture notes, assignments, and assignment solutions (availability of this content varies by course).  Subjects offered among the natural sciences include: Biology; Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; Engineering; Materials Science; and Physics.  Content and course offerings are updated frequently.  
     
  •  Open Yale Courses
    • OYC offers free video recordings of on-campus Yale University courses in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  Students can select the course in which they're interested and can then choose the individual lecture topic(s) that they wish to see.   
     
  •  Khan Academy 
    • The Khan Academy produces online video tutorials on a wide range of topics.  These tutorials walk through example problems, demonstrate problem-solving techniques and methodologies, and discuss conceptual topics. Science topics include (but are not limited to): Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  Most topics addressed during first and second semester natural science courses are covered. 
     
  • The Physics Classroom
    • The Physics Classroom provides multimedia tutorials, reviews, and practice problems to assess students' understanding of diverse topics in physics.  Resources also include problem solving guides for specific types of physics problems.  Most topics addressed during first and second semester physics courses are covered. 
     

 Social Sciences, Business, and Humanities

  • webcast.berkeley
    • webcast.berkeley offers video and audio recordings of on-campus Berkeley courses.  A broad range of courses within the social sciences, humanities, business, and economics disciplines are offered.    
     
  • Open Yale Courses
    • OYC offers free online video recordings of on-campus Yale University courses spanning the social sciences and humanities disciplines.  Students can select the course in which they're interested and can then choose the individual lecture topic(s) that they wish to see.   
     
  •  Khan Academy   
    • The Khan Academy produces online video tutorials on a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to) Art History, Economics (micro and macro), and Finance.
      

Disclaimer: the views, opinions, and suggestions on these external resources do not necessarily represent those of the University of North Florida or the Academic Center for Excellence.  While we believe that these electronic resources can be a valuable source of information for students, UNF cannot guarantee the accuracy of information found on external sites.  If you have any questions about information found on these sites, please contact your professor or the ACE office.