Academic Skills Resources

The following resources will help a student understand the academic process; these resources cover study skills, essay writing, and research among many other topics.

WCC’s Study & Learning Assistance webpage lists a variety of the on-campus resources where students can go when they need help with their studies.

AusThink is a repository of critical thinking resources that can help you to play a more active role in how they tackle problems. It helps you to find a methodology of your own for solving problems.

Coursera offers courses that are designed to help you master the material. When you take one of their classes, you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a much better alternative to using Google for research. This resource relies on academic journals and monographs from many disciplines. It is just as simple to use as searching Google but returns far more authoritative and reputable results.

Find The Data is an extraordinarily clear and precise way to research empirical data. They present facts without any marketing, and the data can be filtered in a multitude of ways making it very customizable and pertinent to whatever task needs to be completed.

Google Search Education is a resource that supports both self-guided online learning and live sessions from a Google employee. The site is designed to help teach users how to more effectively carry out a search on their search engine.

How To Study is a site that goes into depth not only about how to study for individual subjects but also discusses how to write for each subject in case you are writing an essay. provides online learning in the fields of business, software, technology and creative skills. The site offers a vast video library of courses taught by industry experts. On, sign in using WCC Gateway login username and password and create a profile.

MIT OpenCourseWare – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the most prestigious schools in the US, and has decided to open access to a large number of courses that are taught on their campus. This site offers lecture notes, quizzes and exams for a great many subjects. It’s a good place to go for supplemental information for your coursework, or in preparation for a quiz/test.

Open Yale Courses (OYC) provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the Internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.

“Study Skills” is a video created by our own Biology faculty member David Wooten to address how students may improve their study skills. Not getting the grade you want? Not understanding the content fully? This video can help to hone study skills and target areas for growth.

Ted Talks is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.