Applied Learning Skills Inventory(TM)

Please answer the following questions about how you would describe your college skills, habits, and perspectives.

Click the “submit” button to score below when finished.

1. I consistently do all assigned readings for each class that I am taking, including text books, online readings, journals, articles, secondary books, and other assigned materials.

Usually True
Sometimes True
Not Really True

2. I can read at a faster pace and extract key information from text or course readings than I normally would for pleasure reading.

Usually True
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Not Really True

3. I always stay on top of the work for my classes for every subject.

Usually True
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Not Really True

4. I have tasks that I do for regular studying, like taking notes on what I've read, making flash cards, organizing information in to diagrams, or other things that help me to remember and prepare for exams.

Usually True
Sometimes True
Not Really True

5. I normally spend 2 to 3 hours outside of class doing assigned readings, studying, or homework for each hour that I spend in class.

Usually True
Sometimes True
Not Really True

6. I study every day so that I am ready when it comes time to prepare for exams.

Usually True
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Not Really True

7. I highlight when doing required readings, then go back and take notes on what I read to make sure that I learn the information.

Usually True
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Not Really True

8. I don't encounter too many distractions at school that pull me away from my studies.

Usually True
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Not Really True

9. When preparing for an exam I know what chapters, lectures, assigned readings, and other information that will be covered on the exam.

Usually True
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Not Really True

10. I make a more strenuous effort to memorize and learn information during test preparation than I do for regular studying.

Usually True
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Not Really True

11. I begin preparing for an exam days in advance, or even longer depending on the class and the amount of information to be covered.

Usually True
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Not Really True

12. When studying or getting ready for a test I strive to learn the information perfectly, so I know it "inside and out."

Usually True
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Not Really True

13. I never procrastinate when preparing for exams, or need to cram or pull all-nighters just to be ready for a test.

Usually True
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Not Really True

14. For exams, I don't just study my class notes to be ready, I include the text or other assigned materials.

Usually True
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Not Really True

15. I prepare for essay tests in a different way than I do for multiple choice or other tests.

Usually True
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Not Really True

16. I have a basic method to take tests that helps me to do better and feel less worried during the test.

Usually True
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Not Really True

17. I tend to answer the test questions that I know first, then go back to the ones that I don't know.

Usually True
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Not Really True

18. When I take essay tests I always jot down my thoughts on the test or extra paper before I try to give an organized answer.

Usually True
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19. I typically don't do well on the homework then "blow it" on the exams for a class.

Usually True
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Not Really True

20. I can write in both a "personal thoughts" and a more academic "scholarly tone" for class assignments.

Usually True
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Not Really True

21. I start larger papers and projects early so I can get feedback from the Professor or just to do a good job.

Usually True
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Not Really True

22. I understand how to deal with vague instructions for papers, including if the Professor just says they "want a report."

Usually True
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Not Really True

23. I know how to write a paper that adopts a certain position, performs an analysis, or asks me to synthesize my findings in to a written format.

Usually True
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24. I can plan the flow of a paper or project, including what sections will be needed and how to organize it.

Usually True
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Not Really True

25. I can easily complete writing assignments and turn them in on time.

Usually True
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26. I can articulate my thoughts in writing and never get "tongue tied" when trying to finish a paper.

Usually True
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27. I normally don't lost points on a writing assignment or essay because the Professor said I didn't actually answer the question or follow the instructions of the task.

Usually True
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28. I raise my hand in class to ask questions when I do not understand something during lecture.

Usually True
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Not Really True

29. I routinely talk with Professors and do not feel intimidated or uncomfortable around them.

Usually True
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Not Really True

30. I usually talk with Professors about assignments or exams and don't wait until things become a problem.

Usually True
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31. When I need a lot of help in a subject I will ask the Professor or will use the tutoring/writing center for extra help.

Usually True
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32. When I need help I know what questions to ask the Professor to get the help I need.

Usually True
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33. I never avoid talking to a Professor because I feel awkward or embarrassed around them due of my grade.

Usually True
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Not Really True

34. When I want to talk with a Professor, I know exactly what to discuss and where to begin.

Usually True
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Not Really True

35. I make strong efforts to be in control of my academic life.

Usually True
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36. I never avoid checking my grades because I just don't want to know.

Usually True
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Not Really True

37. I buy my books to have them on the first day of class and do not wait to get them.

Usually True
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Not Really True

38. I read the course syllabus for each class to see how I will be graded and to find out what tasks will hold the biggest point value for my grade.

Usually True
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Not Really True

39. I know the expectations and dates of all my exams, due dates for papers and projects, and deadlines for other important assignments.

Usually True
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40. If a Professor pushes back an exam or paper due date I always check with them to know when the new date will be.

Usually True
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41. When I get an exam or paper back I talk with the Professor about the points I missed so I can do better next time.

Usually True
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42. When I want non-class activities, I never choose ones that put my studies as a second priority to them.

Usually True
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43. I don't over-commit my time to extracurricular activities that take up many hours per week.

Usually True
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44. I always make decisions that will ensure that I do best in my school work, like not going out the night before a big exam.

Usually True
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45. I feel that I use my time well and hardly ever waste time.

Usually True
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46. I make strong efforts to understand what Professors expect for exams, papers, and other tasks.

Usually True
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47. I am a very productive person and work every day on course readings, studying, or other work for classes.

Usually True
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48. I never feel out of control of my academic life to the point where I am worried, anxious, or even lose sleep.

Usually True
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49. I am always looking ahead for what I must do for classes to make sure I understand requirements for exams, papers, or projects to be turned in.

Usually True
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Not Really True

50. When the Professor doesn't discuss an upcoming test or paper, I ask them about it and don't wait for them to get around to it.

Usually True
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51. I've never been a procrastinator, and always get things done no matter what.

Usually True
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Not Really True

52. I regularly talk with Professors, Advisors, college staff and other students to complete course work, discuss classes, or to address other issues for school.

Usually True
Sometimes True
Not Really True

53. I know how to keep myself most productive, like using different work locations or other ways that help me to finish work.

Usually True
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Not Really True

54. I know what will distract me easily, and I avoid those things until my work is done.

Usually True
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55. I can do equally well in classes that meet three days a week, twice a week, or even just once a week.

Usually True
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56. I can identify the outside factors that affect my motivation, like being around motivated friends, classmates, or other influences.

Usually True
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57. I know the times and places where I work best and use them to keep myself productive.

Usually True
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58. I actively use the library, student center, and other places to put myself in the right mood to get work done.

Usually True
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59. I have a vision for what I want for the future and I act every day to achieve this.

Usually True
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60. I feel that I am in the right place at the right time of my life, and being in college is exactly where I should be.

Usually True
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61. I know what major I want in college and feel happy with that choice.

Usually True
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62. I am mostly driven by my internal desires for school, not just by external factors like "should do's" that others set for me.

Usually True
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63. I have study routines that I've created, like going to the library to work, and would do these regardless of what everyone else was doing.

Usually True
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Not Really True

64. I am in an environment that makes me feel motivated to achieve and do well in school.

Usually True
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65. I have been able to get to know Professors, and they recognize me and know my name.

Usually True
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66. I have made friends on campus and have a good relationship with my classmates.

Usually True
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67. I like earning good grades and see it as a "friendly competition" between me, the Professor, and my classmates.

Usually True
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68. I can earn good grades just working on my own, and don't need constant attention from Professors to work up to my true ability.

Usually True
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Not Really True

69. I like being prepared for class so that the Professor and my classmates think the best of me.

Usually True
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70. I believe that if I work hard now that I will reap the benefits later in life.

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71. For good grades I believe that hard work can be even more important than natural intelligence.

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72. I believe that earning a college degree is very important to my future.

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73. I like being around other students, but not at the expense of my course work.

Usually True
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74. I don't waste time on trivial things, I prefer to read and study instead.

Usually True
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75. I try my best in all of my classes, regardless of whether I like the Professor or not.

Usually True
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76. School always comes first with me, not my friends, recreational time, or other things.

Usually True
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77. I like learning a variety of new skills that I can use in my current and future classes.

Usually True
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78. I like being a good student and enjoy being in school.

Usually True
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79. I have a natural intellectual curiosity and enjoy learning, solving complex problems, analyzing ideas, and thinking about theories and concepts.

Usually True
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80. I always go to class, whether I feel like it or not, and never make excuses to skip class.

Usually True
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81. I look forward to going to class, learning, participating, and feel that my studies are worthwhile.

Usually True
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82. I never find myself procrastinating then panicking about work that is not done.

Usually True
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83. When the pressure is on I don't panic, cave in, avoid work, or give up easily.

Usually True
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84. I'm not a forgetful, unprepared, disorganized type of person.

Usually True
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85. If I'm five minutes late for class I will still attend, even if I feel a bit embarrassed walking in late.

Usually True
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86. Even if I am doing poorly in a class I would not avoid speaking with the Professor because I'm so embarrassed about my grade.

Usually True
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87. I normally don't find myself doing so poorly in a class that I don't even want to go back, or talk with the Professor about what I can do to improve.

Usually True
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88. I get myself out of bed on time so I can make it to class without someone having to make sure that I'm up.

Usually True
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89. I finish the assigned work even if I know that the Professor will not be checking to see if it's done.

Usually True
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90. I can work independently and never need to be constantly monitored just to get things done.

Usually True
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91. I can do well in any environment, including those where I don't really know many people.

Usually True
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