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Study Skills

study skills :

Study skills are strategies and methods of purposeful learning, usually centred around reading and writing. Effective study skills are essential for students to acquire good grades in school, and are useful in general to improve learning throughout one’s life, in support of career and other interests.
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Study Skills cover multiple areas from note taking to exam preparation, time management to listening skills, stopping procrastination to getting more from lectures and lessons, understanding your learning style to increasing effectiveness to writing better essays. These make up an area capable of significant improvement via a clearer understanding of what to do or not do. Simple changes can bring large improvements.

This page provides access to information on all areas in the scope of study skills. Some target specific topics. These include Learning Styles, Time Management, specific methods, Assessing Your Study Skills, Bad Habits and parental advice sites. Others are portals to multi-topic areas. They come from Australia and overseas, from school, university and external sources.

Most tertiary bodies offer advice and support in the area of study skills development. Check with your university.

There is no single method for enhancing your study skills. Look to take the best of what is offered so you get the best result.


  • Academic Skills Program
    University of Canberra. Learning skills. Links to pages for a range of contexts encountered at university from lectures to exams.
    You need to be able to log in to access this site to access everything. Some areas available to everyone, e.g. Student Learning Resources.
  • Improving Your Study Skills
    Teacher Vision Australia. 5 topics designed to assist an improvement in study skills.
  • NSW Students Online
    Has a section on Study Tips, along with other HSC information.
  • Online Academic Skills Resources
    Learning Centre, University of New South Wales. Sections include, Essay and Assignment Writing, Writing, Exam Skills, Reading & Note-taking, specialist writing formats, referencing, plagiarism, Getting Organised, Oral Presentation.
  • Robert Alvaro
    ‘Free Online Learning Resource for Australian University Students. Discover a wide range of Online Essays, Study Tips, Career Skills, Student Blogs and Learning Resources’. There are a range of YouTube videos covering multiple topics.
  • Spectrum Tuition Blog
    While their tuition work in Melbourne is fee-based, their ‘weekly blog provides helpful study tips for parents and students. Common topics include test preparation, time management and writing skills’. The blog is free.
  • SpongeTV
    ‘Students [can] write in with study-related questions and I answer them in video form for everyone’s benefit. I put a new video up each week on average’. Multiple topics covered.
  • Student Learning
    LaTrobe University. Sections include using learning at university, speaking, academic vocabulary, reading & note taking, writing, referencing, plagiarism, revision, exam preparation, more.
  • Study and Exams
    Linked to the NSW HSC, but applicable everywhere at this level. 18 topic categories [plus 2 specifically for the HSC]. Time management, listening skills, stress management, effective memorisation techniques, more. Each section has collected links for that area.
  • Learning and Academic Skills Centre
    Swinburne University of Technology. ‘Come to us for free advice on how to improve your learning and academic skills, and advice on how to meet your current course requirements’.
  • Studying Tips & Resources
    Youth Central. Victorian Government. Study & Exam Tips, Top 10 study tips, To 10 exam tips, online study resources, Dana’s Resources for stress-free study. A related page is Top 10 Study Tips.
  • Study Skills Australia
    Commercial program. People may find it useful.
  • Study Skills, Ergo
    State Library of Victoria. Get Organised, Survive Exams, Manage Stress, Research Skills, Essay Writing Skills.
  • Study Skills for Dummies
    If you can’t do it any other way, buy or borrow this book and read how to do it.
  • Study Skills, Top Tips for Parents
    ‘Helping your child cope with the demands of school’. Multiple tips, commonly presented as articles. You can also access Study Skills and Pastoral Care Resources and Freebies in a related site.
  • Study Smarter
    James Cook University. Listed under 10 headings with introductory video.
  • Study Tips - Students
    SACE, South Australia. Study and Revision Tips, Keeping Cool under Pressure.
  • Study Vibe
    ‘How to study - study skills for primary and high school students’. Sections include iAm, iThink, iDo, iStudy, iResearch, iCommunicate, a Toolbox and News. You can join for free. Worth visiting.
  • TAFE NSW Student Services
    Links to a range of areas of support. One includes information on Study Support.
  • VCE Study Tips and Advice
    Victoria. 3 Downloadable PDF format articles.

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General Sites

  • 5 Bad Study Habits You Should Resolve to Avoid
    From the Study Hacks blog.
  • Discover Your Learning Style
    ‘Each person has different learning preferences and styles that benefit them. It is not uncommon for people to discover certain learning styles that work best for them or styles that are preferable in certain situations’.
  • Effective Study Skills
    Extensive article. Broken into topics, with small paragraphs presenting the information. Easy to follow. Options for Fee-based material.
  • Essential Study Tips for Successful College Students
    ‘Find a complete list of resources to help you build the study skills and lifestyle habits you need to experience success in college’.
  • How to Improve Your Studying Skills []
    Multi-section presentation from this group.
    Why study ?, How to Study Model, Resources, blog, more.
  • How to Study and Learn Effectively
    ‘Learn several tips on how to study, such as scientifically-proven note taking methods, tricks for getting the most out of the time you spend reading, and programs that can help you take more effective notes. Knowing any one method won’t be enough; finding the ones that work best for you and using them in conjunction with one another, however, can be the difference’.
  • Information and Learning Skills
    Mind Tools. Articles on specific topics from Effective Efficient and Note-Taking, Reading more Effectively, Mind Maps, more.
  • Learning Styles and Study Skills
    Annotated links to further information on this area.
  • MemoMaster
    ‘Free [for private use] outliner software to administer and file all sorts of texts and calculations !’
  • More of The Top 111 Learning Strategies
    ‘We’ve compiled the best 111 tricks to keep you on top of your intellectual game. With these tips, you’ll remember more, come up with better ideas, and be able to communicate your thoughts better’.
  • On-Line Study Skills Improvement Information
    California Polytechnic State University. 17 topics from Listening to Time Saving Tips. These are all online. They have other information geared to their own institution.
  • Self-Help Info Sheets
    Check the list for Study Skills which range from Time Management to Relaxation Exercises. From Texas A & M University.
  • Skills for OU Study
    Done by the Open University in the UK. ‘Use the resources on this site to develop the study skills you need for your OU course, and get the confidence you need to succeed’.
  • Study Guides and Strategies
    Joe Landsberger. Studying, Time management, Thinking, classroom participation, preparing for and taking tests, research, writing types, resources, more. Spend some time selecting individual sections here.
    One of, if not the best site, in this area.
  • Study Habits, Study Skills
    Study Guide, Articles, Subjects, Blog, more.
  • Study Skills
    Learning and Teaching Scotland. Overview, then sections for different age groups, 5-9, 10-14, 15-18. Each has four sections with appropriate skills.
  • Study Skills [About]
    Information and advice in 5 major sections with each having multiple sub-sections on specific aspects of that major area. Covers Time Management, Getting Organised, Improving Your Memory, Reading Skills and Strategies for Success.
  • Study Skills Activities
    Montana State Literacy resources. 10 major topics some with multiple sections. Download as PDF or Word files. Looks good. Their Learning Styles information is one area of this.
  • Study Tips & Study Skills [How to Study Effectively]
    ‘The guide will show you every aspect of study skills, teach you top study tips and help you find the best way to study. Learning how to learn is as important as learning itself’.
  • Study Skills, Bized
    ‘Designed to assist students with basic and general study skills, provide revision and exam help, and offer coursework advice. Resources have been organised under the following headings:’ basic Skills, General Skills, Coursework, Revision & Exams. Individual topics within each.
  • Study Skills Guides for College Students
    ‘Our study skills guides for colleges students were designed with college students in mind. Time management, note taking, reading comprehension, essay writing, test taking, active listening, stress management, researching and memorisation are only a few of the topics addressed’.
  • Study Skills [Palgrave]
    ‘This area of the website provides practical advice on how to maximise your learning potential. It will help you identify ways of studying more effectively’. Learning strategies, Personal Effectiveness, Writing, Thinking, Exams.
  • Study Skills Information
    Online Study Skills Workshops. Virginia Tech. Topics cover all areas of study skills.
  • Study Skills Online
    ‘An electronic guide to some of the best ways to study’. 11 sections in the main part. Help file available in Word format.
  • Study Skills Resources & Videos
    ‘Clicking on a title will download a PDF file copy of the document’. Wide range from Cornell University Learning Strategies Centre.

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  • Study Skills, Study Strategies
    Resource availability, popular books about study skills, types of study skills with specific examples, e.g. PQRST, Traffic Lights, Research Exercise, see also, references, links. Wikipedia.
  • Study Skills & Test Preparation
    ‘Help your students [grades K-12] study more effectively, with these articles and printable handouts. There are test-taking tips, time-management advice, homework help, help with reading textbooks and memorisation, more’.
  • Study Skills for Students
    ‘Our study skills guides for students will provide you everything you need in order to learn how to learn more effectively. Active listening, reading comprehension, note taking, stress management, time management, testing taking and memorisation are only a few of the topics addressed’.
  • Study Skills : University of Cambridge
    ‘The following pages offer tips for effective studying”. Also has other university pages giving help and several external links to resources.
  • Study Skills Toolkit Weblinks
    Briefly annotated listings in 6 directories.
  • Study Skills, Wikibooks
    managing your time, taking notes, reading, listening to lectures, memorising, having discussions, writing tests, writing term papers, alternative techniques, links, more. From Wikibooks.
  • Study Tips for Students
    From StudyNotesHelp. Presentations on multiple topics in directories from ‘Before You Begin’ through making plans for study, developing effective study, exams, research, writing essays [papers], speech making, seeking help, more. Worth visiting. An interesting and detailed section about Distance Education.
  • Study Tips to Score in Exams
    Singapore. ‘Exams are a crucial part of every child's education but some children struggle with them. Here are some valuable study tips which will help your child prepare better for their exams’.
  • Surfing the Net With Kids, Study Skills
    Annotated links to sites at several different education levels. Other links. A Longer listing from the same site can be found here.
  • New ! Time Management Tips and Strategies [Epic How-to Methods]
    ‘Working harder does not necessarily mean you achieve more of your tasks. But by working smarter, you can easily get more things done within the allocated time frame or even with less time’.
  • Tips For Helping Kids and Teens
    With Homework and Study Habits. Common sense information, links to other sites, more. Child Development Institute.
  • Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Student
    ‘Good study tips and habits can make a tremendous difference in understanding academic subject matter, and improving test scores. Regardless of the different types of students there may be, understanding how to absorb and articulate subject matter is a necessity for all people involved in the learning process; in and outside of the classroom’. Annotated links to information listed under Participating in Class, Studying, Improving Reading Skills, Prepping for Tests, Taking Tests and Writing Essays.
  • Video Resources
    University of Florida. Includes a range of videos on 5 Essential Study Strategies, Improving your Memory, Time management, Note Taking, and more.
  • Websites
    Cengage. Annotated links about specific study skills topics. A Second Listing, done in chapters, can be found here.
  • Web Sites on Study Skills
    Bucks County Community College. Collated in directories.

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