Resources for Success


Get ahead on your studies by utilizing these academic resources

Nora Jaara / For The Post

The beginning of the semester may not seem academically stressful, but before you know it, the work will pile on. Don’t let yourself get behind. There are plenty of resources available — both on campus and on the internet — that can help you stay on top of your studies.

Academic Advancement Center

The Academic Advancement Center is an on-campus resource with drop-in hours or times available by appointment for the Student Writing Center. The Student Writing Center can help with papers, whether it’s through brainstorming sessions or editing. Also, for students studying with particular classes, Tutoring Services can offer some guidance. Again, you can schedule an appointment or drop-in.

Student Groups

OU has a plethora of academics-based student groups in which you can immerse yourself in your field of interest with thoughtful discussions and other educational experiences outside the classroom. Furthermore, they connect people from a particular area of study who might be able to offer insight on professors, classes and assignments.

Alden Library Online

You don’t always have to physically go to the library to use its resources. Alden’s website has tons of them. You can search for journal articles, news clips, multimedia and reports. You can also look for accessible databases by your subject of interest. And because you go to OU, you have access to resources like LexisNexis Academic and JSTOR.


Quizlet is a lifesaver for many college students needing to memorize a lot of information for an exam.  But the best part is the social aspect of it. Sometimes, people will make a set of flashcards and share them on the website for everyone to use. Make sure you do a quick search to see if the flashcards you need already exist before you get down to the business of making your own cards.


Get rid of the headaches that come with organizing and citing your sources. Mendeley is a free software application that allows you to either manually input source information or upload PDFs so it can automatically pull that information out for you. You can also view and annotate those PDFs in the application. Just download the software straight from its website, and you’ll be ready to tackle any paper that comes your way.

Open Culture

If you feel as if you need a little something extra to understand a topic you’re studying, you might just find something on Open Culture. The website aggregates free courses offered by colleges and organizes them by subject. Some of the schools even post the course materials with the lectures. Want to better understand what you’re studying in your philosophy class? Open Culture can direct you to seven different courses on Kant and three different courses on Marxism. The website also offers 200 free textbooks and 800 free e-books.


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