Carnegie Mellon University

Student Academic Success Center

Office of the Vice Provost for Education

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Our handouts cover over 30 different topics and is your free resource for

  • communication advice
  • strategies for academic success (Fast Facts, denoted by (FF))
  • the new challenges that First-Years face during the first few weeks of college (First Year Fast Facts)

A

A Strong Start (First Year Fast Fact #1)

A Lot to Do (First Year Fast Fact #2)

Absorbing It All (First Year Fast Fact #3)

Academic Phrases

Applying to Grad School

Applying to Grad School (Law)

Applying to Grad School (Medical)

Appropriate Articles

Argumentative Essays

B

BLUF and Topic Sentences (Hook Your Reader)

Body Language (Presentations)

Buzz Words for your Resume

C

Choosing the Right Article (A, An, The)

Citing Sources (Citations and References)

Combating Procrastination(FF)

Comma Rules

Common Academic Phrases

Concision Strategies

Conference Presentation Strategies

Conference Poster Presentation

Cover Letters

Creating Effective Tables and Charts

D

Direct Quotations

Diversity Statement

Data Visualization

Designing Effective PowerPoint Presentations

Designing Effective Research Posters

Designing Effective Tables

Direct Writing

E

Effective Tables

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) - Introducing Research

Email Communication Principles

Email Structure

Exam Prep(FF)

Exam Strategies(FF)

Executive Summaries

Executive Summary Examples

F

Fast Facts

Fast Facts for First Year Students

Fighting Test Anxiety(FF)

G

Grad School Application Essay

Group Study(FF)

H

Hook Your Reader

How to Succeed in Calculus(FF)

How to Succeed in Organic Chemistry(FF)

How to Succeed in Physics(FF)

How to Successfully Manage CS Programming(FF)

I

If you suspect that you have a Learning Disability(FF)

Improving Writing Flow (Known-New)

IMRD (Structuring your Report/Article)

IMRD with Examples (Structuring your Report/Article)

Introducing Your Research

Introducing Your Research (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

K

Known-New (Improving Writing Flow)

L

Language for Academic Writing

Law School Statement of Purpose

Lecture Note-taking(FF)

Lexical Bundles (Academic Phrases)

Literature Review Handout

Likert Data

M

Make the Case for Your Research

Managing Your Time: Words of Advice from Randy Pausch's Last Lecture(FF)

Medical School Statement of Purpose

More to Consider (First Year Fast Fact #4)

N

Novelty Moves (Introducing Research)

Note-Taking

O

Old-New (Known-New)

Oral Qualifying Exams

Our Philosophy on Grammar

P

Paraphrasing and Direct Quotations

Paraphrasing and Plagiarism

Paraphrasing Spectrum

Parthenon with Thesis Statements

Personal Statement

Plagiarism(FF)

PowerPoint

Preparing for Exams(FF)

Preparing your Study Space(FF)

Presentation Strategies

Presenting Posters

Presenting Likert Data

Professional Emails

Q

Quotations (Direct Quotations)

R

Research Article Format

Research Statement

Research Posters

Responding to Revise & Resubmit

Resume Buzzwords

Resume Tips

Reverse Outline

S

Scientific Poster Design

Setting and Reaching Academic Goals(FF)

Shorten Your Writing

Starter Phrases for Academic Writing

Stress(FF)

Structure of an Email

Structuring Your Introduction

Structuring Your Report

Subject Verb Separation

Successful Exam Strategies(FF)

T

Tables and Charts

Taking Lecture Notes(FF)

Taking Notes

Teaching Philosophy

Team Communication Part I

Team Communication Part II handout and worksheet

Test Anxiety(FF)

Textbook Reading Strategies(FF)

Thesis Statement Parthenon

Thesis and Topic Sentences

Time Management(FF)

Tips for Writing Your Resume

Topic Sentences with BLUF

Transfer Essay

V

Viewer Friendly Research Poster

Visualizing Data

Visual Design for Documents

Visual Design for PowerPoints

Visual Design for Research Posters

W

Writing Academic Starter Phrases

Writing Professional Emails

Writing Your Resume

Y

Your Role as a Partner in Learning(FF)