Helpful Study Strategies

Academic success can be achieved by utilizing many different learning tools, techniques, and strategies to create consistent, effective study habits. In addition to participating in PASS supplemental instruction and tutoring programs, UWM students may acquire or improve study strategies by accessing academic best-practices through the websites listed in the links below:


Comprehensive Study Resource Websites

 

HowToStudy.orgHowToStudy.org provides unique study guides by subject, including Accounting, Chemistry, English, Math, Physics, and more. It also includes tips for motivation, memory improvement, time management, and overcoming text anxiety.


Study Guides and Strategies Study Guides and Strategies provides access to tips for learning with others, improving classroom participation, and planning a critical thinking strategy.


How-To-Study.com How-To-Study.com includes useful language guides and tips for improving oral presentation skills. It also includes articles for improving language arts, including essay writing and phonics rules.


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities links students to subject-specific lectures, videos, tutorials, online resources, flash presentations for Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, and more.


Study Smart Study Kit Utah State University's Study Smart Starter Kit is based on their Academic Success Model. Utilize this kit to take a organized approach to achieving positive academic results. The "Test Preparation" portion of their website includes many useful handouts, slides, and videos.

 
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Maintaining Effective Study Techniques


Academic Success Model
From managing time to managing stress, this academic success model provides an outline to guide students from lecture to test-taking. Be sure to access the Study Smart Starter Kit within
Source: Utah State University
Study Effectively
A breakdown of essential study habits to maintain for academic success, including self-organization and getting actively engaged in learning
Source: Charles Sturt University
Improving Concentration
By helping students concentrate on tasks, these guidelines make studying easier and studying sessions more productive
Source: Kansas State University
Memorization Strategies
Learning to memorize your course material takes work. These strategies will help you retain information and more effectively prepare for exams
Source: California Polytechnic State University
Reading Strategies

Three parts aimed to help you think about your reading process and encourage you to develop your own system for reading classroom materials.
Source: The University of Iowa

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Time Management

Time Management Strategies
Effective time management can make you aware of how you're spending your time and help you make purposeful decisions as you balance class, study, work, and leisure time
Source: Virginia Tech
Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles to Time Management
A podcast to help students recognize the obstacles to their time management strategies and learn to overcome them
Source: The George Washington University
Tracking Your Time Effectively
Where does your time go? Use the three links within this page to evaluate your time use, chart your weekly activities, and then plan an efficient weekly schedule to utilize throughout the semester
Source: The University of Minnesota-Duluth

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Organization

 

Successful Study Habits
If you don't know where to begin, these study strategies will help prepare you with techniques such as "chunking" and "mnemonics" to get you on your way
Source: New York University
Starting a Successful Study Group
You don't have to tackle all of your tasks on your own. Learn to collaborate with other students with this reference. Then, access PASS' study groups page to start your own!
Source: Duke University
Web Tools
100 web tools to organize your thoughts and ideas
Source: online-college-blog.com

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Note-Taking

How to Take Great Notes (video)

This video series, WatchWellCast, is aimed at self-improvement. This video aims to help you become aware of good note taking strategies and how to think about taking notes.

Lecture Strategies
Prepare yourself better by using these strategies to create and maintain effective lecture notes
Source: College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
Math Strategies
General note-taking strategies with an emphasis on successfully organizing notes during math lectures
Source: Brookhaven College
Cornell Note-Taking Method (template)
The Cornell note-taking method for OneNote 2007 or Later
Source: office.microsoft.com

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Essay Writing


Write Effectively
Use these resources as a springboard for effectively writing a paper, perfecting style and citations, and finding strategies for subject-specific assignments
Source: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Essay (video)
Understand the concept of an essay and essay writing
Source: Panther Academic Support Services
Audience (video)
Knowing your audience is critical to an writing an effective essay
Source: Panther Academic Support Services
Purpose (video)
Help prepare yourself to understand the difference between correct and nearly-correct multiple choice answers with these strategies
Source: Panther Academic Support Services
Context (video)
It’s not simply what you say or how much you say, but HOW you say it that’s important. Learn these strategies to better prepare you for taking essay exams
Source: Panther Academic Support Services
Introduction (video)
Download the PDF from this link to learn strategies to study for and successfully take math exams
Source: Panther Academic Support Services
Thesis (video)
Download the PDF from this link to learn strategies to study for and successfully take math exams
Source: Saint Louis University

Test-Taking


General Test-Taking Strategies
Familiarize yourself with helpful guidelines for successful test-taking
Source: onlinecollegecourses.net
Personal Test Taking Survey

Evaluate how well you take tests with this multiple choice test.
Source: Community College of Philadelphia

Tips for Test Anxiety
Learn about text anxiety and techniques to prepare for your next test
Source: The University of Texas at Dallas
Multiple Choice Exams
Help prepare yourself to understand the difference between correct and nearly-correct multiple choice answers with these strategies
Source: University of Victoria
Essay Exams
It’s not simply what you say or how much you say, but HOW you say it that’s important. Learn these strategies to better prepare you for taking essay exams
Source: Indiana University - Bloomington
Math-Intensive Exams
Download the PDF from this link to learn strategies to study for and successfully take math exams
Source: Saint Louis University

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Videos and Podcasts

 

Academic Success Videos
Videos on strategic learning, time management, note-taking, reading improvement, stress management, and more
Source: Dartmouth College
UWM Podcasts - D2L

View study strategy podcasts through D2L at any time!

  1. Go to D2L
  2. Log-in as a UWM ePanther
  3. Pick any tutoring subject area (ex: Social Studies & Humanities Tutoring)
  4. Click on the "Content" tab in the top-left corner of the new screen
  5. Choose from Course Podcasts (ex: Study Tip: Note Taking Systems)
Study and Note Taking Strategies

This page has many self-help podcasts with a few directed towards academic strategies.

UWM Exam Review Sessions - D2L Archives
Click on the link above to receive instructions for accessing archived exam review sessions. Then, access D2L to follow the steps and find an archived session for your course.

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