May 2003 Issue
Internet Resource of the Month
By Pat Gottschalk, Learning Skills Instructor, USAFA
organization".) For the learning strategies sites, there is a tremendous amount
of self-help information, including materials for transitioning high schoolers,
as well as graduating (college) seniors (check out the "life after college"
site). The content-specific sites list the major core content classes, with
great study tips (although the last posted update per content-area was 1999, and
updated information couldn't be accessed, even using the Refresh button as
directed). Nevertheless, both links allow the user easy access to the already
plentiful and helpful academic support. Additional features of interest for
learning support personnel are links to on-line (and printable) tests, and a
First Year Seminar. The seminar walks students through a 3-step process starting
with learning styles, then strategies, then a "monitoring progress" link (a
little difficulty with that last link, a user has to scroll to the bottom of the
page to access material offered - you would be better off in one of the two
learning strategies databases previously mentioned). Two bonus aspects of the
site are (1) the bibliography link, with a huge list of resources (although here
again I was looking for evidence of updating); and, perhaps most uniquely (2) an
emphasis on and information for students with learning disabilities. All in all,
this was a good site to browse, with links easily explored, lots of study skills
information, and particularly the site's strong focus on learning disabilities.
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