Study Skills

Study skills :

Study skills encompass a broad range of tactics and strategies that ultimately allow students to effectively learn, organise and recall new information. Although children are often expected to develop study skills naturally, research indicates that many students exhibit study skill deficits and require explicit instruction to acquire and appropriately use study skills . [Encyclopedia of Child Behaviour and Development]

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 other sources.


  • Academic Skills [Deakin Univ.]
    ‘Use these academic skills guides to help you achieve your best this trimester – and don’t forget too that Study Support is always on hand to help’. Their Study Support page has a range of Student Guides which offer assistance in this area.
  • 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. Their Study Skills should also be checked. It is quite detailed about what is available.
  • Academic Skills Support [UNSW Current Students]
    ‘Academic Skills wants you to make the most of your university studies. Here you’ll find resources and support to help you develop and refine your skills’.
  • Exam Preparation and Study Tips
    Griffith University. ‘The video presentation for this session presents some great advice to help you prepare confidently and effectively for your exams, including outlining some useful study techniques you can try. The Resources section includes a tip sheet you can download which outlines the study strategies highlighted in the video presentation in addition to some useful links to other helpful web resources’.
  • Guides - Federation University Australia
    Guides being offered include ‘Library 101, Finding Resources, Help with Study Skills, Subject Guides and Help with referencing’. You should also check their Study Skills For Life pages.
  • Improve your 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’.
  • 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.
  • Online Learning Modules [University of Melbourne]
    ‘Access the Academic Skills Hub on the University’s LMS to complete an interactive learning module on the topic of your choice’. These include Reading, Speaking, Study Skills and Writing. It also links to further online resources, templates, videos and more.
  • Researching and Referencing : Study skills
    TAFE New South Wales. ‘This guide provides support to staff and students on research skills, referencing, study and writing skills and digital literacy. Websites, Online Tutorials, Study Skills Support Services, Smartthinking, Suggested books, eBooks, Free eBooks, software program’.
  • 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.
  • Studying successfully Online
    ‘Studying online is a different experience from attending lectures on campus and you need to be motivated and good at organising your time. You can develop good study habits to support your online learning using our Study Smart resources. The resources listed [below] will be particularly helpful for you to develop these skills and habits’. Western Sydney University.
  • Student Learning Support & Programs
    LaTrobe University. Sections include using learning at university, in-semester study support, more.
  • Study Link [CSU]
    ‘Study Link at Charles Sturt University offers short, online subjects that prepare you for success in your degree, wherever you choose to study. Whether you’re just considering uni studies, starting university or continuing in a later year, there’s a Study Link subject to help you. Even if you’re not starting a degree, you can take a Study Link subject to up-skill for work, or even just to help the kids with their homework !’ Check regarding possible fees. You can also check their Study support and advice page.
  • 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 - ANU
    ‘Brush up on your study skills or learn some new ideas to to help you with your academic work. There are a range of resources, tips and ideas to help you make the transition into university study. There is something here for everyone no matter your College or your level of study’.
  • Study Skills - Charles Darwin University
    ‘Open access to academic resources and practical study help’. Multiple sections clearly indicated. Even free study skills workshops [email and telephone number to access these].
  • Study Skills [Curtin University]
    ‘Study Habits, Group Work, Tests and Exams, Oral Presentations, Critical Thinking and LANTITE’.
  • 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 for University - Research & Learning Online
    ‘Being a great student requires dedication and a smart approach. Our resources will guide you through the study process, from starting a unit to preparing for exams’.
  • 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 Tutorials [UNE]
    Three tutorials plus links to Subject specific writing workshops. You should also check their Helpful resources page which ‘is intended as a quick find for those students wishing to access resources on study skills and writing in Science’.
  • Study Smart [QUT Library]
    ‘Study Smart can be used by all students looking to develop their information research and literacy skills and achieve assignment success at university. Choose one module or complete all four. If you’re a QUT student, test your knowledge by taking the Study Smart Quiz on Blackboard’.
  • Study Smarter
    James Cook University. Listed under 10 headings with introductory video.
  • Study Tips [TAFEcourses]
    A series of articles about different study aspects. Note that not all the articles necessarily relate to study.
  • TAFE NSW Student Services
    Links to a range of areas of support. One includes information on Study Support.
  • Tertiary Studies [Better Health]
    Six units linked to tertiary studies including Time Management, settling in, managing stress and several more.
  • Check what your school offers
    Many schools, particularly secondary schools, provide strategies that have been successfully used to develop study skills that benefit your learning both now and in the future. One such example can be found here.
  • Elevate Coaching
    ‘We help school students transform their entire approach to studying in 12 weeks. Elevate Coaching develops your child’s techniques in Time Management, Motivation, Growth Mindset, Stress Management and Exams. Our coaches help your child to re-shape their attitude and forge new habits that are modelled on the very habits used by past top students’. Fee-based.
  • NSW Students Online
    Has a section on Study Tips, along with other HSC information.
  • 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.
  • Study habits for success : tips for students
    ‘Here are some suggestions to help you learn as efficiently as possible’.
  • Study Skills, Ergo
    State Library of Victoria. Get Organised, Survive Exams, Manage Stress, Research Skills, Essay Writing Skills.
  • Study Skills for Tertiary Education [Literacy] - Autism STEP Australia
    ‘Target audience is people on the Autism Spectrum who are attending Senior High School, TAFE or University’. Fee-based.
  • Study Skills Handbook
    If ‘your school subscribes to, ALL of your Years 7-12 students, parents and teachers can access the study skills resources and units of learning on the site’. Read the About page for further details. Your school may already subscribe to this.
  • Study Skills Programs for High School Students [in Australia]
    ‘A leading Study Skills programs provider of over ten years. Each program covers important learning skills which are written to support the curriculum for Australian schools’. Programs are run in schools. Fee-based but appears reasonable.
  • 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.
  • Successful Study Skills [Learning Links]
    ‘In this article we provide some practical tips and strategies for high school students with learning support needs to study and be greater prepared for the class tests, yearly exams and essays they face on a regular basis’.
  • Top 10 Study Tips for Your High School Journey
    ‘Learn the skills you need to ace your way through High School’. In addition, be sure to look at the Guides, Tips and Tools found on the Resources pages.
  • 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.

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  • 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 Study Skills : …
    15 Steps [with Pictures], Wikihow. ‘Studying is a skill you can improve, just like any other’.
  • How to Study
    ‘Learning Online; Taking Notes; Reading Strategies; Study For and taking Exams#8217;. Cornell University Learning Strategies Centre.
    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’.
  • 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’. A second page can be found using this link while a third details Study skills for online learning.
  • Study Skills for Students
    Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. ‘The Study Skills Program provides guidance across the range of study skills needed at undergraduate level’. You should also check their Guide to Producing Coursework which is a ‘a mini-guide to preparing and writing a range of assignments for our open access courses’.
  • Study Skills Guides for College Students
    ‘Our study skills guides for college 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’. Updated in 2018.
  • Study Skills Information
    Online Study Skills Workshops. Virginia Tech. Topics cover all areas of study skills.
  • Study Skills in STEM - Introduction - Maths Careers
    ‘There are many reasons for wanting to study. You must make the most of your time at university, both in terms of work and play. I suppose you can handle the play part ! This guide covers some ideas to enhance the work part’.
  • 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 [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 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 Well - University of Saskatchewan
    ‘It doesn’t matter if you are in your first year or doing a PhD, there are always ways to improve your academic performance by finding study strategies that work for you’.
  • The Complete Guide to Effective Studying
    Eight steps covering everything from creating a study plan through to actually accomplishing your goals. Text and images.
  • The Study Space : Home Page
    ‘Head to the Essential Skills for Study section for advice on developing a study strategy that works for you’. Multiple sections are available to assist you.
  • Top 10 Study Skills and Techniques []
    ‘Developing good study habits will help make the most of your study time. The following ten skills and techniques will help you study efficiently and remember the things you have learned’.
  • 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.
  • Everyday Study Skills [Scholastic]
    ‘Teach students how to set goals, prioritise, and stay organised’. Stated to be for Grades 3-8. Full lesson plan provided.
  • 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.
  • Student’s Guide to Improving Study Skills
    ‘This guide is here to help students determine their current study effectiveness and equip them with the study skills they need to succeed’. Multiple sections, e.g. Common Study Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them and 8 Apps to Improve Study Skills.
  • Study Skills Course : Engaging & Practical [Thinker Academy]
    ‘The course is self-paced. It includes 22 lessons, each of which can be completed within 15 minutes. Your teen gets the most out of their Thinker Academy Study Skills course if they complete a lesson each week and practice applying the techniques to their schoolwork a couple of extra times’. The course is fee-based but appears very reasonable. USA.
  • 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 Worksheets & Teaching Resources [Teachers Pay Teachers]
    Extensive range of annotated links to individual resources. Filter to target what you are seeking using the filters available on the left.
  • 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.
  • Teachnology - Study Skills Activity Worksheets
    ‘Printable Study Skills Activity Worksheets : This set of worksheets can really help you determine how you learn best. We feature a number of graphic organisers to help you focus your thoughts’. There are also Resources For Understanding Study Skills. USA.
  • Tips For Helping Kids and Teens
    With Homework and Study Habits. Common sense information, links to other sites, more. Child Development Institute.
  • 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.
  • Effective Study Skills
    Extensive article. Broken into topics, with small paragraphs presenting the information. Easy to follow. Options for Fee-based material.
  • 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’ Also check their Study Methods material.
  • 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 !’
  • How To Study PDF 7th Edition by Ron Fry
    EnglishPDF. It may be slightly dated but it was considered the book at the time. Studying hasn’t really changed that much and its 8 chapters cover all the essentials.
  • 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.
  • MemoMaster
    ‘Free [for private use] outliner software to administer and file all sorts of texts and calculations !’
  • Sage - Study Skills
    ‘We have a range of resources to help you study smarter and ensure success throughout your course. There is both free and fee-based material. You can also watch videos such as Study Skills Tips : Master the basics of academic writing and many others, either by subscribing to the channel or using those listed on the right if they are appropriate’.
  • Study and Learning Skills and Strategies for Online Classes
    ‘If you’re just getting started with online courses, or if you’ve taken a few but are finding yourself struggling, these study and learning strategies will help you find success in your education’.
  • Study Skills
    ‘This free online study skills course will teach you about effective study techniques and time management strategies that you can use to get more studying done with less stress’. You need to sign in but this is clearly stated as being free.
  • Study Skills - SkillsYouNeed
    ‘Our pages provide generic study skills advice – appropriate to learners across all disciplines and in different life circumstances’. The menu at the top shows the wide range of skills covered on this site, of which Study Skills are just one. Well worth a visit. UK.
  • 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 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, 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, Wikibooks
    Managing your time, taking notes, reading, listening to lectures, memorising, having discussions, writing tests, writing term papers, alternative techniques, links, more. From Wikibooks.
  • What Works, What Doesn’t
    ‘Some study techniques accelerate learning, whereas others are just a waste of time - but which ones are which ? An unprecedented review maps put the best pathways to knowledge’.
  • 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 Study Skills to Empower Your Students
    Global Cognition. ‘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’. Previously listed as held by Thinker Academy.
  • Teaching Study Skills : Ideas That Work !
    Education World. ‘Three educators share their tips and tricks to improve study skills’.

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