How do I begin writing a paper? What should be my first step be?
Outline, an outline should always be your first step before beginning any paper that you write. Especially with a research paper, when doing an outline for a paper you are basically writing your paper already. You're are organizing where and when you place certain information. Spend about an hour on your outline because when it comes time to write the paper everything is already ready.
What is the best way for me to take notes and study for an exam?
There is a style of note taking that I believe is amazing and that is the Cornell note taking style. Cornell notes are organized where you have a section for the title of the subject/class you're taking notes for, questions, your notes, and a section for a summary for you to review what you've just taken your notes on. When it's time to study all of your information is organized and you are able to memorize the important details that are going to be on your exam.
How do I work with different personality styles?
Begin by understanding how you communicate and what your style of communication is. Try to understand how others see your type of communication style. By understanding your own you can then begin to understand the many different styles of communications and learn how to adjust yourself to multiple different types of personality traits.