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Academic Support Center Student Toolkit

Effective Study Skills

If you would like a one-on-one coaching for these academic skills, please go to
Writing & Academic Skills" Calendar then "Choose Topic" (note taking, study skills, time management, publisher, academic readying)

Time Management

A big part of becoming an effective student is understanding how to manage your time and prioritize your tasks. Here are some tips for creating a productive academic plan.

  • Read your syllabi thoroughly. Note which assignments are worth the most credit, and dedicate the most time to those assignments.
  • Take time in the beginning of the semester to create an electronic or paper calendar that clearly states homework assignments, quizzes, tests, and papers. Mark all major due dates.
  • Break down major assignments, like essays, into stages. Plan to have a topic selected two weeks before a due date, and a draft completed at least a week prior to the due date.
  • Avoid procrastination. Remove distractions from your workspace, and try to work diligently in 15 minute blocks. Reward yourself when you complete a task.

Note-Taking and Study Skills

Think of the studying cycle as taking place before class, during class, and after class.

  • Before class, practice active reading. Highlight main ideas and key pieces of evidence. Write down any connections or questions you have about the reading.
  • During class, take notes. When you write down information, you are much more likely to remember that information. It would be impossible to write everything down, but do try to jot down any information that is emphasized either verbally or written. Also, participate! Ask questions, listen actively, and respond to the information presented.
  • After class, re-write or organize your notes to make sense of the information in terms of the overarching objectives of the class.