On this page, you will find a collection of handouts on various topics, some of our ASAP Advocate favorite links, student recommendations, and books to help you navigate college.


Note-taking Packet

The packet is two parts:

  • Part 1: Overview of Note-taking
    • Why take notes?
    • Tips on note-taking before, during, and after the lecture
    • Signal words
    • Reminders
    • Shorthand/ abbreviations for note-taking
    • Handwritten, digital, or both?
    • Learning styles
    • Note-taking while reading
    • Annotating
    • Citations
  • Part 2: Note-taking Methods
    • A few quick notes (no pun intended)
    • Cornell Method
    • Charting Method
    • Mind-Mapping/ Concept Maps Method
    • 3-Column Note-Taking Method
    • Q-E-C Method
    • Note-taking apps
    • Additional resources
    • Citations



Recommendations from students, for students

Books We Recommend
  • The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success: How to Use Your Brain's Executive Skills to Keep Up, Stay Calm, and Get Organized at Work and at Home
  • Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy
  • A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)
  • Independence, Social, and Study Strategies for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (The BASICS College Curriculum)
  • FOCUS on College Success
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People