Learning resources are interactive aids to assist you as you investigate and pursue your education at a distance. Below is a sampling of resources. Some are located on the ICN Web site, while others may take you to helpful Web sites of other organizations.

A Successful Distance Learner

Do you have what it takes to be a successful distance learner? These quizzes can help you answer that question.

Learning Styles

Learners process information in different ways. The following links provide useful clues to understanding your preferred style of learning.

  • Learning Styles
    There are three basic types (most common) of learning styles. Briefly find out what they are, respond to 16 questions to help identify your learning style, and then gain an understanding of the different learning styles. Click the above link to learn about learning styles.

Academic Support

Need help with your homework assignments, projects, or studies? These links will take you to useful sites that offer tutoring services to learners at a distance.

  • Tutor.com (fee based)
    Qualified tutors are logged in and waiting to help you get your homework done. Tutors are currently available for college-level English, math, and physics.
  • Tutor2000
    The first nation-wide online tutor referral service helping tutors and students find each other.

Online Research

The following tutorials will assist you as you learn to select, search, write, evaluate, and cite information from online resources.

  • Internet Detective
    Internet Detective is a free online tutorial designed to help students develop the critical thinking required for their Internet research. The tutorial offers practical advice on evaluating the quality of Web sites and highlights the need for care when selecting online information sources for university or college work.
  • Comprehensive Online Research Education (CORE)
    An interactive online tutorial to guide you in developing effective information strategies. Provided by Purdue University.
  • Barebones 101
    A “bare bones” tutorial on searching on the Web, designed to get you started in the right direction with a minimum of time and effort. Provided by the University of North Carolina Beaufort Library.
  • TILT
    This interactive library tutorial will prepare you to explore and research in the online world. Provided by the University of Texas System Digital Library.
  • iTools
    Quick access to the best Internet tools to search the Web, look up or translate words, research facts and theories about any subject, convert currency, and use networking and Web tools.
  • Web Searching, Sleuthing, and Sifting
    This series of tutorials addresses a range of search topics for users who have no prior knowledge of how to locate information on the Web as well as searchers with advanced skills.
  • Online!
    The Online! Web site is a reference guide to finding, connecting, choosing, evaluating, and citing Internet sources.
  • NoodleTools
    NoodleTools is a suite of interactive tools designed to help students and professionals with online research, from selecting a search engine and finding some relevant sources to citing those sources in MLA or APA style.

Math Skills

Math requires different study processes. If you have math anxiety or just need assistance, check out the links below.

  • Ask Dr. Math
    A question and answer service with a searchable archive by level and topic. Provided by the Math Forum at Drexel University.
  • Help for Math Anxiety
    If you have math anxiety, take this Math Studies Skill Inventory or check out the Suggestions for Studying Math. Provided by the Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Professor Freedman’s Math Help
    This site provides links to information, study skills tips, and ways to reduce math anxiety.

Writing/Communication Skills

Developing effective writing and communication skills is essential to succeeding in college. These links will help you enhance your current skill levels.

  • APA Style.org
    Learn about the APA style rules and guidelines and how to cite electronic media.
  • FreeTranslation
    This site provides instant translations of both text and Web pages from English to Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, and Norwegian—and back.
  • Online Reference Works
    The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference, and verse providing the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the Web, free of charge.
  • OWL (Online Writing Lab)
    Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers writers in the Purdue community tutorials, workshops, study materials, conversations groups, a grammar hotline, and more.

Disability Services

Students with visual impairments can succeed online. These links may provide the assistance you need.

  • Speaks For Itself
    Speaks For Itself offers a free downloadable plug-in called "SpeechPlugin," that will speak out loud any visual and hidden text or database information, guide you through interactive applications, and turn "read-me" files into "hear-me" files.
  • Speegle Sound Surfing
    A talking search engine.
    Speakers or headphones are required to hear the results of searches.