Learning Resources & Study Skills


Study Skills

When studying, be sure to actively engage with the content. Be sure to read and understand the title, take a look at the table of contents, and peruse the introduction to get an overview of the document. Then, read through the document, while making notes to help with your comprehension of the material. Note: reading the same information over and over is actually one of the least effective ways to comprehend the material. For help with learning the material and memorizing necessary information, such as for an Anatomy and Physiology course, picture a definition or concept in your head, use images to associate with the material, or use flash cards.

Reading out loud or saying a word (or words) out loud is also helpful in making connections and aiding with comprehension. Creating acronyms is also a useful strategy. For example, when memorizing bones in the hand, you might use the acronym CMP for remembering carpals, metacarpals, and phalanges.

Lastly, using concept mapping may be helpful as well to help connect images and text.

Be sure to take regular breaks to not only get a rest, but also to allow the material to absorb. Do not cram!


student taking notes while watching a video

Note Taking Strategies

When reading a document, or watching or listening to something with a critical eye or ear, note taking is important. Why? When you are reading, watching, or listening, taking notes helps you concentrate on the task at hand; you will also read deeper and comprehend more clearly.

Be sure to develop your own note taking system based on your study skills and learning style.

Some note taking strategies include:

  • Use a piece of paper to jot down your thoughts or create images as reminders.
  • Draw a concept map.
  • In the margins of the document that you are reading, write down your thoughts, connections, and questions as you read.
  • Highlight, underline, and circle key sections. Consider the following:
    • What do you already know about this topic?
    • What questions do you have?
    • Are there any words you do not know (look them up!)?

The goal of note-taking is to remember key points and leave yourself breadcrumbs to locate those important sections later. Most importantly, note-taking makes you an active learner and helps you to absorb the information you are reading/watching/listening.


student taking notes while watching a video

Time Management Help

How to Manage Your Time

  • Effective Time Scheduling: Download the Time Management Planning sheet and fill it in! You may need to plan on the hour, the half hour, by fifteen minute blocks, or smaller amounts if you have an extremely busy schedule. Remember to block off time for eating, sleeping, leisure time/family time, class-time, exercising, etc., in addition to studying/working. Consider using a daily/weekly planner to keep track of what you need to accomplish.
  • Practice goal setting: what do you want to accomplish and when does it need to be accomplished? Example: Be specific. Instead of writing “study” on your planning sheet, write down which specific course and the overall objective.
  • Time deadlines: Specify when you plan to work and how long you anticipate it will take you to achieve each goal.
  • Make a “to-do list” every day. Update it as needed.
  • Priorities: complete tasks in order of importance.
  • Learn to say “no.” Guard your planned time and do not take on too much, i.e., too many courses at a time, extracurricular activities, overtime at work, etc. Know your limits and practice balance.


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Study Skill Videos

Marty Lobdell’s “Study Less, Study Smart” lecture is a lecture on how to improve your study skills to ensure success in college. This summary video will give you a good portion of the most useful advice from the lecture.

Ted Talk: How a Student Changed Her Study Habits by Setting Goals and Managing Time

College Info Geek: How to Study Effectively – 8 Advanced Tips

King’s University - Learning Skills: Reading Comprehension

Take the Study Skills Self-Assessment to see what areas you need to work on to be successful with your study habits.


Virtual Sources to Help with Note Taking

Open Text Summarizer summarizes text and identifies key words.

OneNote is part of the Microsoft Office Suite and provides versatility in note taking.

MindMeister supports mind-mapping as a means of brainstorming, organizing ideas, note taking, and project-planning.

Diigo allows you to collect, organize, highlight, and annotate your web-based research information into your cloud library. You can highlight text, screen capture, or save archived web material to review any time.

SMMRY provides a customizable summary for a text.

Summarizer allows you to upload URL links and it will extract main ideas/details.

Online Summarize Tool (Tools4noobs) is a good summarizing tool which is similar to other online tools but allows options in customizing the resulting summary.

Free Summarizer allows you the option of determining the number of sentences you want the resulting summary to be.

Organization Guide Need some help getting organized? See our Organization Guide that details using Canvas and Google to help you with your organization skills.