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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. [Babylon English Dictionary]
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 through 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.
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.
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.
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.
- How to Study
Youth Central. Victorian Government. Dealing with study stress, How to study better [includes getting a tutor, top 10 exam tips, more], Study help for people in or leaving state care, other information. A related page is Top 10 Study Tips.
- Improve your Study and
Swinburne University of Technology. ‘If you want to improve your study skills and get better marks, we can help. You can get advice on writing essays and reports and making presentations. We can also help you develop study and exam strategies and improve your maths and stats skills’.
- Improving Your Study Skills
Teacher Vision. 5 topics designed to assist an improvement in study skills. Related resources also listed.
- 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.
‘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 Support &
LaTrobe University. Sections include using learning at university, in-semester study support, more.
- Study habits for
success : tips for students
‘Here are some suggestions to help you learn as efficiently as possible’.
- Study Preparation
Open Universities Australia. ‘Get ready to meet the challenges of online learning head on. Boost your study skills to get the most out of your degree’. A mix of free and paid options from multiple sources.
- 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 for students with a Specific Learning Disability
ADCET. ‘A range of strategies are listed that are used by students with SLDs to address reading, writing, comprehension and organisational barriers’. There are also annotated links to further resources.
- Study Skills Online Programs
Curtin University. ‘Improve your academic study, writing, numeracy and ICT skills. Each program has a sequence of interactive lessons and exercises that can be done in any order that suits you’.
- 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 Resources and Freebies which are found in the Parents, Students and Individuals section.
- 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.
NSW Student Services
Links to a range of areas of support. One includes information on Study Support.
- VCE Study Tips and Advice
Victoria. Common sense points, even down to watching your diet.
- Year 11 and 12 Study Skills
‘These study skills have been developed specifically for high school students currently undertaking VCE, but they will also be useful in university and the workplace’. Deakin University.
- 21 Study Tips
The Strategies that Set Top Students Apart. ‘Here are 21 study tips liberated from these master students to help you get more out of your studies and boost your grades’.
- 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’.
- Homework Help
‘Improve your study skills with these tips for time management, organisation, and research. Resources are also available for parents looking to help their child focus’.
- How to Improve Your Studying Skills
Multi-section presentation from this group.
- How to Study
‘Welcome to the most comprehensive Study Skills website. Good study skills are essential for learning and succeeding in school. How-To-Study provides all the resources you need to develop great study skills. So go ahead, explore !’
Why study ?, How to Study Model, Resources, blog, more.
- How to Study
‘Learning Online; Taking Notes; Reading Strategies; Study For and taking Exams#8217;. Cornell University Learning Strategies Centre.
- 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’.
- How to Study Effectively : 12 Secrets
‘There is no one-size-fits-all approach when learning how to effectively study. Studying methods should be tailored to each student. Everyone has different abilities, so it is important to determine what works for you and what doesn’t. [Find out what type of learner you are and which study techniques will work best for you !]’ Oxford Learning.
- How To Study More Effectively
‘Three methods :Setting Yourself up for Success; Studying Smarter; Using Notes to Study’. Highly rated information from Wiki-How.
- 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.
‘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’.
- 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 Skills
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 Guides for College
‘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, 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
‘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 Toolkit
‘A comprehensive set of interactive learning resources for developing students’ academic study skills for higher or further education. It comprises over 90 items and can be used by students for independent study or by teachers in the classroom’.
- 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 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’.
- Supporting Study
Education Scotland. Basic overview, links to other resources. Some aspects may not be relevant in Australia. Part of a larger Learning at Home site which has a wide range of suggestions for specific areas.
Multiple topics covered here.
- The Complete Guide to Effective Studying
Eight steps covering everything from creating a study plan through to actually accomplishing your goals. Text and images.
- 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.
- Video Resources
University of Florida. Includes a range of videos on 5 Essential Study Strategies, Improving your Memory, Time management, Note Taking, and more.
- Ward off Plagiarism : How
to Paraphrase Writing
‘A paraphrase is among most popular types of a so-called accidental plagiarism. Hence, it’s important to understand how to use it properly. Let’s draw a line between plagiarism and paraphrase to avoid this issue forever’.
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.
Teaching Study Skills
- How to Help Teens Develop Good Study
‘Good study habits don’t always come easily or naturally. Most teens need to be taught how to develop them. And that can be hard when you’re not sure how much [or how little] to supervise or be involved with their homework’.
- Teaching Study Skills on Pinterest
Multiple pins provide a significant variety of information and advice.
- Teaching Study Skills to Empower Your Students
Thinker Academy. ‘Teaching study skills to your students is a great way to show them how they can take more ownership of their learning. It doesn’t have to take much time, as you can integrate study skills activities into the normal flow of your class’.
- Teaching Study Skills : Ideas That
Education World. ‘Three educators share their tips and tricks to improve study skills’.