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Time Management Tips

Step #1:  Determine how much time is needed to prepare for and study in each class.  Click here for assistance.

Step #2:  Make a plan!  Watch this short video How to Create a Study Schedule, and then use the Planner Handout to identify blocks of ideal study times.  You may also want to learn about how often you should study to learn new information.

        TIP: Monitor your study time so that you identify the "right" amount of time for each course for the grade you want.

Step #3:  Visit the Time Management page of the Student Success Guide for additional resources and information.

Step #4:  Consult the Time Management Cookbook for practical advice and tips--plus time-saving recipes!

Need more help?                                                                                                                                                                 

Set up an appointment for a Time Management tutoring session with one of our specially trained tutors. Use the Success Skills topic option and select Time Management. Click here for directions.

Rasmussen Blog Posts

Click on the links below for additional tips to help you better manage your time.



    Hi, I'm Aleska.  I'm taking my coursework in the condensed format.  Below is my video on     time management tips for success!



Hi, I'm Maggie.  I'm married and a mother of three, and this is how I get my work done throughout the week.  Most weeks consist of a live lecture or archive, discussion for Tuesday and response by Saturday, and written assignment by Sunday, along with weekly readings.  Note: Things do not all ways go as planned!  However, this plan is a start. 


Monday – This is the best time to attend or watch the live lectures because they set the tone for the week and give tips on assignments and the best way to approach the discussion post.  Any reading should be done on this day as well.

Tuesday – Complete the discussion post and take the time to read through the posts of your classmates. Think about and write a rough draft a response to at least two.

Wednesday and Thursday – These are my relaxation days. There is nothing due and I can catch up on any family things that need my attention. 

Friday – I am back at it. I post my responses for the discussion and complete my written assignment.

Saturday - Again, this is my family time. NO SCHOOL WORK!

Sunday – Final day check on all previous work handed in.  Make sure there was nothing missing, and if you feeling like it, you could stand to do a bit of schoolwork, start on your next week's readings.  I prefer to cook a nice homecooked meal and get my family ready for the start of the next week.

**For all those who have to cook and multitask throughout the week, websites like offer complete meals for all types of families. 




Hi, I'm Renee.  I'm a single woman who juggles school along with work and running a household by myself.  Check out the PowerPoint below for my recommendations on getting your work done each week.

Stress Management

Managing the responsibilities of being a student and your other responsibilities can be stressful even when you have stellar time-management skills.  Check out these resources for tips on how to handle your stress.

Learning Express contains learning resources you can use to build your skills. From the Adult Resource Center to the computer skills, career preparation, and college centers where you can work on skills like reading, writing, math, and science.

You can find the Learning Express Library in the A-Z Database list.  Select L from the top of the screen and look for Learning Express.

For help getting started with Learning Express, be sure to explore the Check out the Video Guides.  You will find video tutorials on how to setup an account, how to take the tutorials offered, how to download the eBooks available, and more!


Be sure to explore the different centers available to you by clicking All Centers at the top of the page.


Computer Skills Center

Check out the Computer Skills Center for help getting started with your computer and Internet, popular software tools tutorials, and more!

From Popular Software Tools, you can select the Microsoft Office program of your choice and begin video tutorials on a plethora of topics.

Click on the questions below to reveal helpful reading tips and strategies to better understand and retain complex information:

View the video below for helpful strategies to use when reading scholarly articles.

Watch More Critical Thinking Videos

Click here to learn more about developing your critical thinking skills.

Use Critical Thinking Skills

  • Rephrase what you are reading in your own words. In your e-book, you can type an immediate note on the page/paragraph you are reading.  Example:  “This basically says ____.”
  • Note your opinions about a particular paragraph/section.  Example:  “I think this is interesting because ____.”
  • Document why this section is important for you.  Example:  “The instructor mentioned this 3 times in live lecture.”
  • Think ahead:  Where will this note fit into a paper or help you prepare for a test?  Examples:  “This will be a great point for the first part of my research paper.”

Taking good notes has many benefits.  It helps you to organize and understand complex information and is a great tool to use to review, study, and learn information. 

TIP: Did you know that there is evidence that the process of handwriting notes actually activates the part of the brain that helps you remember what you wrote?  Click here to access valuable information about how to take effective notes.  

Want to develop effective class habits?  Click here to learn how!

Mind maps allow you to explore what you know and put new information into context, and their visual nature makes them easier to learn from and recall, so they can also be a great way to take notes.  To learn more about how to make a mind map, click here.

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Flashcards are a fabulous way to test your knowledge and identify where you may need additional practice.  For tips on how to create and effectively use flashcards, watch the quick 10-minute video below.  For resources to create your own flashcards, click here or check out the links below the video.



Consult the Study Skills page in the Student Success Guide for tips on how to study on the go, how to find helpful study tools, and how to be a successful Rasmussen student (as told by other students!). You may also want to consider forming a study group with your online classmates.  Click here to find out how!





If you want additional help brushing up on Health Sciences or general education topics such as math, consider signing up for FREE tutorials from Khan Academy. 


Prepare for your tests from the beginning by studying effectively!

  • Read all of your assignments
  • Take Notes (click on Note Taking tab above)
  • Listen actively
  • Attend Live Lectures and office hours
  • Reread your notes on a regular basis
  • Learn from your errors - This pre-test checklist and post-test reflection will help
  • For more tips, visit here

Work on anti-anxiety techniques

  • Be prepared
  • Breathe
  • Exercise
  • Conscious relaxation
  • Visualization
  • Find test-taking anxiety resources by clicking here

Discover more techniques by watching the video below!

Click on the links to learn more about certification exams in your program:

Want some help studying for a certification exam?  

Rasmussen provides two awesome resources for you--Learning Express and SkillSurfer.

You can find the Learning Express Library in the A-Z Database list.  Select L from the top of the screen and look for Learning Express.

Be sure to explore the different centers available to you by clicking All Centers at the top of the page.


Career Center

In the Career Center, you can learn more about a career, prepare for an entrance exam, prepare for an occupation exam like the CMA or NCLEX, and more!


You can find videos, tutorials, practice tests, and more for your certification exam under Prepare for an Occupation Exam.  From there, you can see the exams available listed on the left side.


You can also check out SkillSurfer for tutorials in your program

Click on Resources and then Tutoring from the Student Portal, or Online Tutoring Service from the Resources tab in any of your online courses.


From the main page, click on SkillSurfer...

Then choose Career Prep and Job Resources.

From there, you will see your options for certification exam prep.  Click on the one for your program (if available).


Want to have fun coloring while learning anatomy and physiology? 

Our Scientific & Medical Art (SMART) Imagebase has free, printable coloring pages! Check them out here

Writing Help



For guidance on all stages of the writing process, please visit our Writing Guide.

Click on the image below to link to the Writing Guide-Discussion Posts, a step-by-step guide for writing discussion posts.

APA Guide: The APA Guide contains all of the information you need to create a research paper in the APA style including:

Interested in having your paper edited?  Click here to connect to the Online Writing Lab. View the video above or follow these instructions:

1. Log into Tutoring from the Resources dropdown menu on the Student Portal.

2.  Click on the "Writing Lab" button.

3. Attach your paper using the Browse feature.  Add any comments that you would like the wrting expert to know in the textbox at the bottom of the page. (TIP: Consider copy and pasting the assignment into the textbox at the bottom of the page so that the writing expert is familiar with the assignment's requirements.)  Click Submit.

4. Once you have submitted your paper, wait 24-36 hours (or until you get an email in your Rasmussen student email account) and log back into the Online Writing Lab.  Look for the Message Center to find the feedback on your paper.