Study Skills / Academic Literacy

Academic Support Center, McCutchan Hall

Study Skills / Academic Literacy

Campus Tutorial Services provides one-on-one tutoring with an emphasis on modeling study strategies and providing opportunities to practice them.

Fall 2014 Schedule for Arranged Appointments

One-on-one or small group assistance is arranged by contacting the Tutorial Center Office at 262-472-1230 or TutorCtr@uww.edu. Please contact the office in advance of the day you wish to receive tutoring, and please have available the course number and instructor name.

These services are provided in the lowest level of McCutchan Hall only during our hours of operation:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. These sessions only will be held in Andersen Library Room 2120

Below are a list of helpful websites we have found that can offer tips and strategies to increasing your study skills. However, if you would prefer to meet with a tutor one-on-one, please contact the Tutorial Center Office at 262-472-1230, or email the office at TutorCtr@uww.edu. When you make an appointment, please specify which study skills area(s) you need assistance with so the tutor can adequately prepare.

Study Tips

College of DuPage's Effective Study Tips

The College of DuPage in California created a list of effective study tips and techniques. Everything from how to take good notes, to using your textbook effectively and preparing for exams.

College Study Tips for Students

This website provides tips on different ways to study. Some tips include making flashcards, making a study guide, quizzing yourself and setting goals.

Huffington Post's Nine Study Tips for College Students

This article from the Huffington Post provides nine study tips for student, everything from where to study, to test taking and managing your time.

Memorization

Discovery Health: How to Improve your Memory

This link from Discovery Health provides tips to help improve your memory while studying. There are tips to help improve your reading skills and comprehension of the readings and how to take better notes while reading.

PsychCentral’s Eight Tips for Improving your Memory

The article above gives helpful hints on how to boost your memory. Some of the tips include repeating the facts, grouping or “chunking” facts together and having better organization.

How to memorize with Mnemonics

This link provides information about how to effectively use mnemonics, a tool which aids in retention. .

Note Taking

Different Note Taking Techniques:

This website gives information on note taking techniques. The site goes over different ways to format your notes and how to get the most out of you notes when studying.

Mayland Community College's How to Sharpen Your Note Taking Skills

This document from the Mayland Community College focusing on the three parts of the note-taking process, observing, recording and reviewing. It then discussed different ways to take notes and provides an exercise and multiple examples.

NovaMind's Mind Mapping Techniques

This link provides an alternative way to take notes- mind mapping. It is a technique where you organize thoughts/ideas into “bubbles” then use lines to connect like thoughts/ideas.

Time Management

Dartmouth College's Tips for Managing Your Time

The link above is from Dartmouth College and provides a lot of information about managing your time. In the “Handouts” section, there are a few Word documents available for download which explain how to create a schedule and how to manage your time.

Mind Tool's “How Good is Your Time Management” Exercise

The link above provides an exercise to determine how good your time management skills are, and then provides an individualized list of tips to better your time management.

Mind Tool's How to Minimize Distractions

This link gives helpful hints to avoid distractions while trying to work.

Active Reading

Tips for Active Readinge

This page provides information on how to be an active reader, meaning how to better understand what you read while you read it. It takes you through nine steps on how to be a better active reader.

Slippery Rock University's Guide to Active Reading

The document above gives many helpful hints on how to better comprehend what you’ve read. It gives tips on when and where to read as well as note-taking tips.

Active Listening

North Shore Community College's Effective Note Taking and Listening Strategies

The link above gives helpful tips on how to better be an active listener and also gives tips on how to better your notes.

PsychCentral's How to Become a Better Active Listener

The link gives 13 tips to be a better active listener, such as restating and summarizing what you’ve heard as well as giving feedback.

Elmhurst College's Suggestions for Active Listening

This link provides specific tips to becoming an active listener. Set a purpose for learning, minimize distractions and asking follow up questions are all part of being an active learner, this site explains those in more detail and gives many more tips.

Test Prep

University of Alabama's Steps to Prepare for a Test

The link above explains how to prepare for an exam. It gives you step by step instructions to help you study and be better prepared.

How to Prepare for a Final Exam

The link above gives tips for preparing for a final exam, such as creating a study schedule and reviewing past notes and exams. .

Birmingham City University's Exam Techniques

Birmingham City University has put together a list of techniques for preparing for an exam. They also provide tips for when you are taking the exam and what do after you are finished.

Reducing Stress

Tips for Reducing Stress in College Life

This article explains ways to reduce stress in your life. It gives examples such as getting organized, getting enough sleep and branching out to those who can and want to help you.

How College Students can Reduce Stress and Anxiety

This link has 5 steps for reducing stress or anxiety in your life. Some tips include managing your negative thoughts and taking time for yourself no matter how busy you are.

University of New Hampshire's Tips to Reduce Public Speaking Anxiety

This article by the University of New Hampshire offers ways to reduce stress caused by public speaking or giving a speech. They provide tips for before, during and after the speech.

Concentration

How to Concentrate While Studying

The link above gives tips on how to minimize distractions while studying and how to focus better.

Tips for Concentrating on Your Homework

This website provides a lot of information for staying motivated while doing homework and how to concentrate on homework. It also provides other tips for maximizing your study time.

Other

Samford University's Five-Part Video Series Explaining Various Aspects of Success in College

The first part explains beliefs students hold about studying and what makes those beliefs true or false. The second video explains how people learn and how students can use that knowledge to better their study skills. The third video explains ways to optimize your learning. The fourth video explains specific study strategies and how to implement them into your studying. The final video in the series explains how students can improve their grade after doing poorly on an exam.

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