Pages to Start With

What are the Best Pages to Start With?

There are nearly 100 main pages and over 200 pages in all. Choosing a page can  be overwhelming. There are too many choices.

Pages to start With? Five arrows, each a different color bend in various directions, symbolizing the many choices.The arrows in the picture symbolize the way we look at first one area, then another, trying to make a decision.

Students sometimes ask “Where should I start?

This page should help you answer that question for yourself. Decide what habits, skills or strategies you need most. Start there.

 We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the by-paths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.     — John Hope Franklin

If you didn’t start with the Home Page, I’d  look at there, then at the Symbolic Image  and  Links to Site where you will find links to all the MAIN PAGES. You might also want to look at What is Breakthrough Learning?

The website is divided into three main sections.

The First section is about Learning HABITS

1.  The main page is the  Twelve Habits of Successful College Students .  Before going to this page, you should take pen and paper, think about the students you would describe as successful, and write a list of 10-20 habits or characteristics of these students. Predicting the answer before reading the list is a strategy for active learning.

All ten habits are subdivided into more specific behaviors.  You might decide to look at some of the related pages such as Self-Motivation or Setting Personal Goals.

The Second section is about Strengthening Learning Skills

These include Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking Skills plus  Note-taking, Test-Taking and Computer Skills.

Many students know they need to improve  Reading Skills:  For very difficult material that you need to learn well, you should probably look at   SQ3R    or the improved version   SQ3R+.  Other areas where students often need help include  Listening Skills ,
 Taking Notes  and  Writing Skills .

The Third Section is Study Methods – also called Mental Processing

You may think reading is a study skill. It is  one of the main ways we get information into short-term memory but, if we don’t study the information thoroughly, it will soon be forgotten. You often finish reading a book and realize how little you remember.

Study Methods: Mental Processing is divided into three major sections.

Organizing information is the first step.  You will find 12 verbal strategiesand 12 visual strategies for organizing information.  You will be most successful if you use several of each.

In Verbal Processing, favorite pages include  Ask QuestionsJournaling ,  and Metaphors.

Visual Processing Strategies, include Concept MapsCompare and Contrast charts,

Timelines and many others..

The Second step is Ten Ways of Thinking.

You should be familiar with some of them. Others may be new to you. College students are often asked to use Critical Thinking Skills on an assignment. The problem is that, while they expect you to use Critical Thinking, students are rarely taught what Critical Thinking means or how to do it.

The Third step is Ten Ways of Memory

Some ways of remembering  are related to learning styles. Some are related to previous knowledge and experience. Others are tied to research about the brain and how we remember. You might begin with  Visual Memory,   Auditory Memory, or  Kinesthetic Memory.

Learning Disabilities is an area that is organized separately.

It is not on the Symbolic Image or the Links to the Site because the content isn’t important to all students. But I think you really might enjoy one section. Although you might not be dyslexic, you probably have friends or relatives who are or who have other kinds of learning differences.

My son, Tony, is severely dyslexic and somehow managed to survive college and graduate school although he only had about a fourth grade reading level. Read Tony’s Story. It’s a great story and it is all true. And yes, Tony gave me permission to use it on the website. I look forward to having others with Learning Differences share their stories on the site.

And what else?

You would probably enjoy reading the blogs. You can read them on the website or on Facebook at

You might also become aware of a problem or challenge in your life and want to read something  helpful. If you cannot find the topic on the Links to Site, try using the search function to look for it. If you think I could be helpful feel free to email me – Contact Judy.

If you’d like me to write a page on a particular topic, you can email me or leave the suggestion in the comments at the end of the page.  If you recently read a book you think I might find helpful, please  let me know about it.

If you’d like to write a page or a blog on a topic you think would be helpful to other students, go to the upper menu and click on Participate..

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