Studying effectively is a skill, just like playing the piano or speaking French. If you want to become better at it, you need to use effective study strategies, develop good study habits and practice, practice, practice. The better you are at studying, the less time you will have to spend looking at your books and the more you will learn. Get higher marks by improving your study skills today.
Watch this video for an introduction to some good study habits.
How many of these things do you already do?
Study Skills Success is an online resource which can help you to develop the academic study skills you will need to be successful at university. This resource is designed for non-native English speakers and can help you not only with a range of study skills, but also with the academic English that underpins them. To improve your study skills, try the Independent Learning, Critical Thinking and Research sections in Study Skills Success.
In these activities you will find out about the academic skills you need and what each involves. You will also assess how prepared you are for carrying out these activities while on your course at university or college.
In these activities you will consider your own use of time in general, and practise planning how to use your study time in the most effective way.
In these activities you will explore the differences between short and long-term goals, and identify and plan how to achieve short and long-term goals of your own.
In these activities you will consider which tools and conditions are important for creating a good study environment and find out whether or not your own study habits will help you to work well.
In these activities you will consider how to plan and organise the work involved in producing a written assignment and then estimate the amount of time the different stages are likely to need.
In these activities you will consider ways of deciding which study tasks to prioritise and apply this to your own workload.
In these activities you will consider your own approach to study and assess the level of organisation you have in your studies.
These activities will introduce you to learning logs and familiarise you with some of the characteristics of effective logs. You will also consider how to start your own learning log.
In these activities you will explore what is involved in collaborating on study tasks with other students, identify the skills involved and learn some useful ways of managing tasks more easily when working as a group.
In these activities you will consider how useful your own dictionary is and explore what kind of support different kinds of dictionaries provide.
In these activities you will listen to some language learners talking about the dictionaries they use and consider some of the points they make about them.
These activities will help you to identify the typical causes and symptoms of stress in student life and turn stress to your own advantage.
These activities will help you to explore some different ways of coping with stress and find out about some practical strategies that can also adopt to combat stress.