Subject Area Writing Guides

These guides provide specific advice on writing essays and reports for business, biology, chemistry, history, and more. Also guides to leading discussions, giving presentations, writing cover letters and resumes.

Doing Research & Citations

Do research online and learn how to properly cite your sources.

Directed Learning Activities (DLA's)

Directed Learning Activities allow students to gain more practice on a concept or skill introduced in class. DLA's are completed in the Learning Center.


Grammar Guides

Grammar explanations and practice exercises for download are available here.

Grammar Resources

Improve your English grammar with the resources found here.

Writing Development

Strengthen your writing skills by learning about thesis statements, organization, and developing your ideas.

Forwarding Student Email Guide

Your teacher and Skyline College will use your email account to share information with you.

If you don’t check that email, you will miss important notifications.

If you would rather use just your personal email account, such as Yahoo, Gmail, or Hotmail, please take a few minutes to set up forwarding. You can download instructions and also watch a video tutorial on how to redirect your my.smccd email to your personal email account.

UC Personal Statements

The fall semester has many students stressing with applying to the UC's.  This resource outlines the UC essay prompts and tips to approach them.  A helpful video is also included from UC Admissions, staff, and student feedback.


Study Tips

Download these Study Tips

Use the free BuddyUp app to connect with your fellow students and form study groups

Use your Android or iOS device to connect with other Skyline College students who have the same classes you do. Form study groups, share information, and get better grades!

Create a study area

Have a regular, quiet place to study. No distractions, or as few as possible. Have a dictionary, pen and pencil, paper, and calculator handy.

Make lists

Keep a "To Do" list and a monthly calendar. List dates that assignments and projects are due. Keep your list accurate.

Take notes

Review your class notes immediately after class. Fill in your notes immediately after class while the class discussion is fresh in your mind. Look over your notes before class to refresh your memory. Prepare questions for your instructor on topics on which you are unsure.

Take notes from reading assignments

Write notes and questions from your reading assignments.It's smart to find out what you don't understand. Use these notes to ask questions in class.

Pay attention

Give full attention to your work. Train yourself to listen in class. Pick up on the structure of the lecture or discussion and be ready to respond.

Develop a study system

Develop a study system. Underline, outline, and/or write a summary. Do an overall survey of the material before reading it. Ask yourself questions about the material and then look for answers to your questions when reading. Review.

Read to understand

Read to understand ideas, concepts, and vocabulary. Make sure you understand the meaning of each sentence and paragraph. A dictionary is essential. Remember, reading and vocabulary skills are essential for success.

Anticipate test questions

Anticipate test questions. Try to prepare some answers in advance based on class discussions and materials you have read. Discuss and answer possible test questions with your classmates.

Neatness counts

Make sure papers are neat. Use a computer whenever possible. Use white 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Check for spelling and grammatical errors and do it over if necessary. Hand assignments in on time.

Be strict with yourself

Success is earned through effort and hard work. Force yourself to learn strategies and develop habits that are necessary to achieve success.

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