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Good study habits lead to success. Not intelligence. Not luck. Effective and efficient studying will help you succeed and these tips will help you build your study skills.


Additional Resources

A number of resources are available to help you improve your study skills. We have listed several, which vary in format and style. Choose the resource that best fits your needs and personal preferences. 

Articles

Videos

  • Study Less Study Smart: A 6-Minute Summary of Marty Lobdell's Lecture, College Info Geek
    Dr. Marty Lobdell's "Study Less Study Smart" lecture is an excellent hour-long overview of how to study effectively. If you're pressed for time, though, this summary video will give you a good portion of the most useful advice from the lecture.
  • Study Tips, Motivation, & Money: 9 College Hacks You Should Know!, How to Adult
    College, the transition into adulthood for many people, can be overwhelming. In this video they discuss little-known life hacks for memorization, procrastination, saving money, and more!
  • How to Read Your Textbooks More Efficiently, College Info Geek
    Strategies for discerning what kind of information you need to learn from your books and how to get into the habit of reading consistently.
  • How to Study Effectively: 8 Advanced Tips, College Info Geek
    These study strategies go beyond the basics - memorization techniques, methods of fighting procrastination by hacking akrasia (your tendency to procrastinate on hard things), a way to win the respect of your professors, and more.
  • Reading Comprehension, King's University College
    Outlines how you can be more productive while reading.
  • Note taking, King's University College
    Are your lecture notes as helpful as they could be? This brief video provides tips for being a more effective note taker.
  • Multiple Choice Exams, King's University College
    Provides tips that can help minimize anxiety and manage your time during a multiple choice exam.

  • How to Get the Most out of Studying: A Video SeriesSamford University

    This series of five videos presents basic principles of how people learn and tries to correct counterproductive misconceptions so that you can improve your learning by devising your own effective study strategies.

  • How I Organize My Notes, Homework, and School Files, College Info Geek
    This video outlines a system that ensures that you are never without access to any of your work and always being to find the files you need with minimal effort.

  • How to form an Awesome Study Group, Clarissa
    A good study group doesn't just happen - it has to be planned carefully and all members need to agree.

  • Studying doesn't have to be boring!, ParticleMen
    ​Think of different ways to learn the material for your class. A great example is "Meet the Elements" by They Might Be Giants.

  • How to study for ANY science course, DocOssareh
    ​DocOssareh, a med school grad, shares tips on how to study for ANY science course. Watch all the way through -- critical info after 13:00.

Webpage

  • Attentive ListeningCenter for Academic Success, The University of Alabama

    Many students make the mistake of picking up their textbook and reading 50 pages straight through front to back and assuming they are done with their reading assignment.   These students will often struggle to participate actively in class discussion and may not do well on the tests.  There are better methods for getting the most out of your reading.

  • Concept Mapping, ThinkerAcademy
    This is why creating concept maps can help you learn. In fact, there are at least 3 ways concept maps support learning. Concept maps help you: Build better understanding, be realistic about what you know (and what you don’t), and they help you figure out what you need to study further.

  • Visualize Instead of Outline, Library, University og Guelph
    Concept Maps are a graphical way of organizing your thoughts and showing how concepts are related or differentiated.

Checklist

  • Study Skills Checklist, Cook Counseling Center, Virginia Tech
    This inventory assess your study habits and attitudes.

Self-Quiz

  • Learning Styles Quiz, HowToLearn.com
    Are you a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner? Learning Styles affect everything you do, how you think, your work, and even your relationships.

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