Writing and Study Skills

Two-thirds of high school honor students fall behind as a freshman in college due to lack of skills. Did this happen to you or someone you know? Ultimately, your college transcript is about the grades you earn. Do you know what studying and writing skills work for you? Knowing when and how to get assistance with your skills will help ensure success in your college career.

" Enjoy life, there are no re-runs."

Shirley Lowery

Looking Back:
A Self-Reflection

What have your study habits been in the past?

Check out our worksheet.

Quiz Ideas


  • What is your learning style? How do you learn best? Take this quiz to become more successful at college.
  • Can you identify the study skills you use? Are you successful with your current skills or do they need a boost? Complete this assessment and find out.

Moving Ahead:
The Challenge

What specific changes can you make to be more prepared for exams in the future?

Check out our worksheet.


Campus Resources

  • Disability Services
    Disability Services serves all students with disabilities covered under the ADA. Under the administration of University Life, the center implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford equal access to university programs and activities.
  • The Writing Center
    The Writing Center offers free support to Mason students, faculty, and staff in forms of individual tutoring and classroom workshops. Their tutors are graduate and undergraduate students who work with writers through all stages of the writing process from brainstorming to polishing.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
    CAPS provides a wide range of free services to students, which are provided by a staff of professional clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, learning specialists, and psychiatric providers. They offer individual counseling, group counseling, workshops, and outreach programs, as well as other resources.
  • University Career Services
    University Career Services prepares and connects career-ready students for post-graduate success. They support students in clarifying their career goals, developing a strategy for obtaining relevant experience and transitioning to the professional world.

Additional Resources

  • Mind Tools
    Mind Tools is a website that was established to help people learn practical and straight forward skills they need to excel in their career and they provide training solutions for companies and governments. They offers tips and resources on how to study more effectively using a five step system that will allow you to think about what you need to learn from the material, get the right amount of information from the material and to remember the material.
  • E. Write.
    E-Write are experts in online communication. They will write for you, coach you how to write, teach you how to reach online readers and help ensure your content and quality is good. They offer a list of resources to help you become a better writer.
  • How-To-Study.com
    How-To-Study.com is a free study skills resource site that offers such topics as preparing to study, taking notes, learning styles, good listening in class, solving math word problems, and strategies for test-taking.
  • Modern Language Association
    The Modern language Association (MLA), founded by teachers and scholars, promotes the study and teaching of language and literature. The web site offers a bookstore, MLA style, job information list, and surveys.
  • U.S. Department of Education
    U.S. Department of Education provides equal access to education and promotes educational excellence throughout the nation. Search for facts and information on such topics as writing skills, creative writing, writing workshops, and spelling.