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Study Strategy Resources


Navigating college can be challenging whether you're a first-year student transitioning from high school, a non-traditional student or a transfer student. On top of adjusting to a new schedule, new people and different responsibilities, you have to adjust to more rigorious courses and likely a deceptively heavy workload. It can be a lot to manage. Fortunately, you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you achieve academic success. From note-taking to test anxiety, the following online resources will help imporve your study strategies. 

The Study Cycle
Try The Study Cycle​ system for each of your classes to maximize your learning, eliminate the need for cramming and improve retention of information for longer periods of time.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy provides free online educational materials (e.g., practice exercises, instructional videos, dashboard analytics, etc.) that support personalized education for users of all ages in a scalable way.

Learning Styles
Understanding your learning style will help you to develop strategies that work for you. People learn in different ways, so discover your learning style and maximize your learning potential. ​

Time Management & Procrastination
Time management plays an important role for college students. The ability to prioritize is the key to maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. All college students suffer distractions, whether from extracurricular activities, surfing the Internet, meeting new people or working on a job. Here are some tips for more effective personal time management​

Additionally, ​Cornell offers a simple yet effective time management system. 

It's also a good idea to create a daily to-do list to stay on track with all of your daily classes, projects, due dates and activities. 

Note-Taking
Taking notes forces students to listen and engage with the course material, especially if they are trying to put what the professor says in their own words. We've found some information on effective note-taking to help get you started. Use the additional helpful link to improve taking notes in class and taking notes from textbooks.  

If you're already taking notes but want to find ways to amp up your skills, click here to improve your note-taking abilities. 

Quizlet offers free study tools used by millions of students and teachers every day in every country of the world (196 if you're counting) from grade school to grad school, language learners to vocational students.


​General Study Skills
Click on any of the following helpful tools to manage your semester. 7 Strategies of Success will give you some great tools to have a succesful semester.  

In your first week of the semester and trying to figure out where to start? Find out what step to take first. 

Are you "studying" but have to re-read over and over? Do you feel like you're not retaining the information? You may be trapped in a typical study rut and need help out! 

Like many students, you may have a hard time concentrating while studying. If that's the case, here are some helpful tips to improve your concentration and get the most out of your study time.

Ever need help studying a specific subject area? Check out how to study.​

Using effective memorizing strategies can help improve your efficiency with learning new material. 

As college students, you are expected to advance beyond high school methods of memorization and apply effective critical thinking​ skills. 

Procrastination 
We all procrastinate, but most of us don't really consider the reasons why we do it. Awareness is the first step to understanding and overcoming procrastination with helpful tips from Cornell and Purdue

You can also change your habits in order to help avoid and better manage procrastination.

Test-Taking
Here are some basic test-taking tips meant to provide general information on preparing for exams, making the grade, and reviewing a returned test.  

Need some more helpful tips? Here are some great test-prep hints!

Test Anxiety
One reason many students experience test anxiety is that they are poorly prepared or have not matched their study techniques to the way they'll be tested. Here are some tips to study more effectively and lessen the test anxiety​ that comes from inadequate preparation. Additionally, here is some great information on understanding academic anxiety

Wellness and Stress Management
The LRC seeks to help enhance the individual and collective health of our CU Denver campus and community through a wide range of programs, services and resources. We seek to promote and advocate an environment that creates, emphasizes and supports healthy choices and positive decision-making regarding health, safety and wellness. Learn the basics of stress managementmanage academic stress, and check out the Wellness Wheel
Tutorial Services • Phone:303-315-3531• Email: tutorialservices@ucdenver.edu​

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