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Learning Skills

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!  Use the Planner Handout to identify blocks of ideal study times.

              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 Cook Book 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" option and select Time Management. Click here for Directions.

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

Consult the Study Strategy page in the Student Sucess Guide for information on:

  • how to study on the go;
  • where to find helpful study tips;
  • apps to help you study;
  • video tutorials
  • tips from fellow Rasmussen students

‚ÄčVisit the following ANSWERS to help with study strategies: 

Apps we love:

  • Study Blue :  It’s very easy to use and setup.  You can create a free account with one click by connecting through your facebook log-in.  One neat thing about this app is that you can search for recently studied subjects and find other students' study materials.  For example, it can be handy to share flashcards with other Rasmussen students.  This app is also handy for studying for certification exams.
  • My Homework Planner This app replaces your paper planner.  It helps you stay organized digitally. Plus, it can sync across your devices too!  

Access writing tips and resources by clicking here.

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 article.

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.

Consider using the Cornell Note Taking method, a popular and effective way to take notes.

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

Prepare for tests on a weekly basis!

Work on anti-anxiety techniques

Prepare the week of the exam

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.”

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

Use Skill Surfer to access practice tests for many standardized exams. 

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

2. Click on the Skill Surfer button in the main menu.

3. Click on the "Career Prep and Job Resources" button.

4. Select the your occupational interest from this menu by clicking on the appropriate button.

Writing Help



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

Watch these short instructional videos to gain a better understanding of paraphrasing and how to cite paraphrases in your writing.

Click here to Connect to the Online Tutoring Service (Brainfuse).

Click on Submit Paper under Writing Lab.

Brainfuse Help Now

Next you will see the screen where you can attach your paper and add comments for the writing expert.

  1. Select APA or Bluebook formatting. (Bluebook is used for Paralegal courses only.)
  2. Include any instructions given in your course for the writing assignment.
  3. Please select up to three areas from the list where you would like the writing tutor to focus his/her analysis. If no selection is made, then a general review will be completed.
  4. Attach your document.
  5. Add any additional comments you would like the writing expert to know.
  6. Upload your document.
  7. Then click Submit.

Once your paper has been submitted, you will receive the following message. 

Within 24 hours you will receive an email notification advising you that your paper has been reviewed. 

At that time, return to the tutoring platform and under your name, click "My Message Center" to find the feedback for your paper.  Writing Lab services continue through the weekend with no interruption.

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Your feedback might come in a variety of forms. You might get comments within the paper itself, you might get virtual "sticky" notes, or you might get commentary at the beginning or end of your paper.


Rasmussen University's Writing Guide & PowerPoint Presentations:

PowerPoint: Tutoring and Online Help:


  1. Work with a peer tutor to walk through PowerPoint how-tos.
  2. Open Live Help and select Computer Skills for the topic and PowerPoint as the subject: 

Live Help menu - select Computer Skills - PowerPoint