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We offer a variety of resources to help you prepare for tests, get better grades on homework and to offer guidance in study habits. The following are some of the resources that are available to you at the Learning Services office:

APA and MLA Style Guides

APA Style Guide

Check out the APA Style Guide here!

Other APA Resources:
This site includes an explanation of the APA style in the form of a paper.
Electronic references are the focus of this web site produced by the American Psychological Association (APA).

MLA Style Guide

Check out the MLA Style Guide here!

Other MLA Resources:
This site has you enter the necessary information for citing resources and then puts the information in the appropriate order for proper citation.
This site creates a Works Cited instantly. All you need is the appropriate information!

Helpful Links for a Variety of Subjects

Helpful Links

Use this link to search Avila’s library databases.
This is an online dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia.
The Oxford English Dictionary is considered the authority on the evolution of words in the English language.
Get the latest news from the New York Times at this link.
Browse a library of over 2100 videos for math, science, chemistry, banking, and calculus

Dave’s ESL Café is updated daily, and this award-winning website gets over one million hits a month. The website includes the following sections: About Dave's ESL Café, Bookstore, Chat Central, Discussion Forums, Help Center, Hint-of-the-Day, Idioms, Message Exchange, Phrasal Verbs, Pronunciation Power (which requires QuickTime), Quizzes, Quotes, Slang, Student Email, Today in History, and Web Guide Links.
If you are online every day, then make this site a daily habit. “The music and magic of words -- that's what A.Word.A.Day (AWAD) is about. We are a community of more than 490,000 linguaphiles [someone who loves words] in 208 countries.” Be sure to explore the archives that go back to March of 1994.
This site has audio files you listen to and quizzes so you can test your listening abilities. There are also some videos with quizzes.
This site has many quizzes, podcasts, puzzles, and links to other sites for English language practice.

A website that shows step by step how to solve the problems. This is a great site for College Algebra. Utilize the Show work button.
This provides easy to follow video instructions to understand the functions of the TI-83, TI-83 PLUS, or TI-84 calculator.
This website contains a few study tips and some valuable information on how to read math.
This provides numerous explanations and allows you to create worksheets to practice problems which are great for study groups.
This is an automated service for answering common math problems over the Internet.
This link is great not only for math, but just about every course you could study in college because it links you to other subjects.
This is a great link for tutorial instruction. Select a subject and experience a multimedia QuickTime tutorial on subjects from matrices to linear programming. There is a link on the website to download QuickTime for free.

Links to tutorials for chemistry
This site has information on physics and chemistry concepts. Some of the sections are only for members.
This site has tutorials on balancing chemical equations, dimensional analysis, and some physics concepts.
This site was developed by a chemistry professor at California State University. It has practice problems for many chemistry topics.

Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics. This site is divided into four main sections: HyperStat Online – an online statistics book with links to other statistics resources on the web; Simulations/Demonstration – Java applets that demonstrate various statistical concepts; Case Studies – examples of real data with analyses and interpretation. The HyperStat Online section is quite comprehensive, and it even includes jokes about statistics and statisticians.
For the times when you want to reduce terminology and concepts to the most basic form, check this site “Statistics Every Writer Should Know”. It is written in clear, simple language and has links to a wide variety of online resources, including links to web pages that perform statistical calculations for checking your work.
This site is “The Internet Glossary of Statistical Term” and it is amazing. It provides an opportunity for you to look up individual terms, quiz yourself, review, or learn more information about topics in your class. Most sections will also tell you about related terms to help you develop an even deeper understanding of the material and the way in which it interconnects.

"GMAT Tutor" This site is a great place to start if you are just beginning to think about the GMAT and how to study for it.  Some of its features are study plan suggestions, a "Tips and Tricks" section, and descriptions of several study book options. 
"Graduate Record Exam Preparation" This site, from the Student Learning Assistance Center at Texas State, features handouts over a multitude of GRE topics, and are all available to the public.
"LSAT Preparation" This site, also from the Student Learning Assistance Center at Texas State, not only has a PowerPoint presentation discussing the LSAT and how to prepare for it, but also lists multiple sources to refer to when considering your personal study plans and goals.

The Learning Services at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN maintains this up to date and easy to use site. Study guides and strategies are subdivided into the many different sections, ranging from general study habits to specific areas of study. You can also search this site, and the information is available in fourteen languages.
This is the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Learning Services site. It has information on study strategies and test-taking tips.
The Counseling Center at the University of Buffalo sponsors this site. Wellness Education Services provides a personalized assessment, diary, tips, and mobile apps for combatting sleepiness and stress.

This website includes seven sections of information from what to do before a test, to what to do after the test. They also have links to specific test preparation and study strategies to reduce or eliminate test anxiety altogether.
This site has links to over 250 topics ranging from problem solving/meeting challenges to reading critically. You can also search this site and information is available in 37 languages.
This site is sponsored by the Student Development Centre at the University of Western Ontario and contains online tools to practice mindfulness and self-regulation in regards to stress, anxiety and depression.

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Avila University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit February 26-27, 2018 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Avila University has been accredited by HLC since 1946. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address:

Public Comment on Avila University,
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Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by January 19, 2018.