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Improve Your Study Strategies

The studying methods that worked for high school may not be working for college subjects. We have many helpful handouts linked from this page to assist you. If you would like individualized assistance with general study skills or with finding study techniques for a specific course, the Academic Achievement Center offers one-on-one in-person study skills coaching at no cost to the student. Please sign up for available times through TutorTrac.

Plan your semester using the Semester Study Planner [Excel].

The Study Cycle

This 5-step approach can help save you valuable time and help you create a regular habit and pattern for studying more efficiently.

graphic demonstrating study cycle: preview; attend; review; study; assess

Study Sessions

Study Sessions: Not sure where to get started or what is the best way to study? Try the following tips for a short, intense study session (ISS). Research has shown that shorter sessions and spaced repetition over a period of time is MUCH more effective that a cram session the night before! The key is to have a goal or purpose for your study time and to be sure your study environment is FREE FROM ALL DISTRACTIONS (yes, that includes your phone!)

  • Set Goal 1-2 min.
    Decide what you will accomplish in your study session.
  • Study 30-50 min.
    Interact with material: organize, concept map, summarize, process, re-read actively with highlighting and annotating
  • Reward 5-10 min.
    Take a break: walk around, get a snack, relax.
  • Review 5 min.
    Go back over, summarize, wrap-up what you studied.

Intense study sessions are designed to work with the way your brain learns best: in short, focused increments. Schedule 3-5 intense study sessions per day in order to keep up with and learn more effectively in your courses.