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 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
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.
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Study and Academic Skills
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’.
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Improving Your Study
Teacher Vision. 5 topics designed to assist an improvement in study skills.
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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.
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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
LaTrobe University. Sections include using learning at university, speaking, academic vocabulary, reading & note taking, writing, referencing, plagiarism, revision, exam preparation, more.
- Studying Tips &
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 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.
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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 Tip Sheets
Open Universities Australia. ‘You’re ready to get stuck in to study. But before you get going, take a look at the study tip sheets we’ve put together.’.
- 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
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.
- 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.
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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’.
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’.
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‘Improve your study skills with these tips for time management, organization, 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.
Why study ?, How to Study Model, Resources, blog, more.
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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’.
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How to Study Effectively : 12 Secrets For Success
‘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.
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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
‘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 Habits, Study Skills
Study Guide, Articles, Subjects, Blog, more.
- 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
‘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 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
‘Clicking on a title will download a PDF file copy of the document’. Also some videos. Wide range from Cornell University Learning Strategies Centre.
- 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.
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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 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.
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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’.
- 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.
- Surfing the Net With Kids, Study Skills
Annotated links to sites at several different education levels. Other links. A Updated ! Longer listing from the same site can be found here.
- Time Management Tips and Strategies [Epic How-to
‘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
‘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.
- 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
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How to Help Teens Develop Good Study Habits
‘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 Students Study Skills/How to Learn
Michigan State University. Two sections of annotated links to information sources and support.
- Teaching Study Skills : Ideas That Work!
Education World. ‘Three educators share their tips and tricks to improve study skills’.