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The following academic resources may be helpful to current students. These links are to outside resources not produced by Pacific University.

Writing | Chemistry | Physics | Biology | Math


Writing

Reading

How to Read like a Writer” (pdf) by Mike Bunn
"Academic Reading Strategies
Active Reading: Comprehension and Rate
Classes: Notetaking, Listening, Participation

Invention

Invention Techniques and Games Workshop (pdf)
The Cubing Technique
Mind Mapping (pdf)
Developing a Research Question that Works (Video)

Planning

How to Outline a Research Paper
Using Outlines

Drafting

Quoting Sources like a Boss (pdf)
Time Management Tips for Essay Writing (pdf)
How Procrastination Works

Reviewing and Revising 

A General Approach to Revising
Reverse Outlining Workshop (pdf)
A Guide to Revising and Editing (pdf)

Editing and Grammar 

Purdue O.W.L Grammar Exercises
Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
UW Madison's Writer’s Handbook
Guide to Grammar and Writing (an extensive site with some quizzes)

Plagiarism Resources

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It

E.S.L. Resources

Handouts for E.S.L. Teachers and Students
Dave’s E.S.L. Café
Self-Study Quizzes for E.S.L. Students

Research Resources 

Searching with Boolean Operators (Video Tutorial)
Scholarly vs. Popular Sources (Video Tutorial)
Introduction to the B.E.A.M. Method of Incorporating Sources (Video)

MLA Resources

Purdue O.W.L MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Sample MLA Formatted Paper (pdf)

APA Resources 

Purdue O.W.L APA Formatting and Style Guide
Sample APA Formatted Paper (pdf)

The Khan Academy is a great resource for any student who would like to increase their math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more skills.

Chemistry

Acid-Base Chemistry

Video tutorials and practice quizzes on Acid-Base Chemistry​
Basic concept of Acid-Base Chemistry
Acid-base without algebra: graphical treatment of acid-base systems
pH calculation lectures
The Fall of the proton: Why acids react with bases, but not always

Biochemistry

Animated models of DNA structures
Instructional material for Biochemistry of metabolism
Introduction to VSEPR theory

Electrochemistry

Video tutorial and practice quizzes on Electrochemistry
Virtual textbook explaining Electrochemistry
Materials on how to predict the direction of oxidation-reduction reactions

Kinetics and Mechanisms

Virtual textbook on rates of reaction, rate laws, activation energy, and reaction mechanisms
Video tutorial and practice quizzes on Kinetics

Liquid, Solids, and Materials

Video tutorial and practice quizzes on states of matter
Basic concept on Properties of water and hydrogen bonding
A detailed look at alkali halide energetics and structures
Changes of state: vapor pressure, boiling, phase maps

Organic Chemistry

Basic Knowledge of Organic Chemistry
O-Chem material and Practice quizzes
Basic understanding of O-Chem and practice quizzes

Overall Chemistry

Basic concepts of all Chemistry fields
A website with sources for any type of chemistry
Short quizzes for general chemistry
All chemistry topics (Video tutorial)

Physics

Atoms and Quantum Theory

Video tutorials on Quantum mechanics
Introduction to atoms, quantum theory, molar mass, etc.
Introduction to the electronic structure of atom and molecules
Overview of the limits of classical physics, the quantum revolution, Radiation is quantized, the photoelectric effect and matter and energy united
Frequently asked questions about quantum theory

Electromagnetism

Video tutorial of transitioning from electromagnetism to optic
Quick and simple tutorial on the key concepts of electromagnetism

Nuclear

Tutorial with practice questions on Nuclear Physics
Nuclear Physics (Video Tutorial)
Basic online tutorial for Nuclear Physics

Thermodynamics

Video tutorials and practice quizzes on thermodynamics​
Video tutorials on Thermodynamics
Basic tutorial on the three laws of Thermodynamics

Overall Physics

45 tutorials featuring featuring interactive animations that reinforce conceptual understanding
Video tutorials for multiple topics (e.g. Thermodynamics, Nuclear, Quantum Mechanics, etc.)
Video tutorials on the basic concept of each physics topic

Biology

Evolution

Video Lectures that discuss almost everything within an Evolution course
PowerPoints discussing major concepts and definitions in Evolution, and small practice quizzes
Links to different interactive tutorials and articles on concepts and famous biologists within Evolution
Animated and interactive tutorials on basic concepts in Evolution
Thousands of interactive quizzes, games, and flashcards on evolution (click on Subcategory, choose Evolution)

Genetics

PowerPoints & practice quizes on major concepts and definitions in Genetics
Basic tutorial on the major concepts in genetics
Video lectures that cover genetics within society
Video lectures on microbial genomics and genetics
Animated and interactive tutorials on basic concepts in Genetics
Thousands of interactive quizzes, games, and flashcards on genetics (Click on Subcategory, choose Genetics)
Lectures on DNA
Lectures on gene expression

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Links to different interactive tutorials on dissection of Cats, Pigs, and Frogs
Animated and interactive tutorials on basic concepts in Anatomy and Physiology
Henry Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body, featuring his original drawings
Interactive anatomy pictures and descriptions of thousands of features within the body
Interactive games, quizzes, and flashcards on anatomy and physiology of the human body

Microbiology

Power points and small practice quizzes on major concepts and definitions in Microbiology
Links to interactive tutorials and articles on concepts and famous biologists within Microbiology
Picture quizzes (mostly based on a clinical setting)
Animated and interactive tutorials on on basic concepts in Microbiology
Thousands of interactive quizzes, games, and flashcards (Click on Subcategory, choose Microbiology)

Math

Calculus

Step by step tutorials with single variable calculus topics and multivariable calculus
Step by step tutorial with practice questions
Video tutorial library with demonstrations and examples, Part 1
Video tutorial library with of demonstrations and examples, Part 2
Video tutorial library with of demonstrations and examples, Part 3

College Algebra

Step by step tutorial with practice questions and video demo
Video tutorial library with demonstrations and examples, Part 1
Video tutorial library with demonstrations and examples, Part 2
Video tutorial library with demonstrations and examples for geometry

Pre-Calculus

Step by step tutorial on basic concepts and exercises
Video tutorials on basic concepts with examples
Practice questions and examples
Step by step tutorial with practice questions

Statistics

Written lessons explaining basic concepts of each subcategory
Introductory tutorials for basic concepts with the R program
Video tutorial on basic concepts in statistics
Written and interactive tutorial on elementary statistics on multiple topics

All Subjects Tutorial/Resources (Warning: Some sites may cost $$$)

A site providing 1:1 online tutoring with other college students through video chat and interactive whiteboard
1:1 online tutoring with other college students within your field of study (Free trial on the first session)
Video tutorials discussing basic concepts of each subject and their subcategories