Helpful Study Tips

Academic success can be achieved by utilizing many different learning tools, techniques, and strategies to create consistent, effective study habits. In addition to participating in PASS supplemental instruction and tutoring programs, UWM students may acquire or improve study strategies by accessing academic best-practices through the websites listed in the links below:

Comprehensive Study Resource Websites

HowToStudy.orgHowToStudy.org provides unique study guides by subject, including Accounting, Chemistry, English, Math, Physics, and more. It also includes tips for motivation, memory improvement, time management, and overcoming text anxiety.

Study Guides and StrategiesStudy Guides and Strategies provides access to tips for learning with others, improving classroom participation, and planning a critical thinking strategy.

 

How-To-Study.comHow-To-Study.com includes useful language guides and tips for improving oral presentation skills. It also includes articles for improving language arts, including essay writing and phonics rules.

Study Smart Study KitUtah State University’s Study Smart Starter Kit is based on their Academic Success Model. Utilize this kit to take a organized approach to achieving positive academic results. The “Test Preparation” portion of their website includes many useful handouts, slides, and videos.

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Maintaining Effective Study Techniques


Academic Success Model

From managing time to managing stress, this academic success model provides an outline to guide students from lecture to test-taking. Be sure to access the Study Smart Starter Kit within
Source: Utah State University

Improving Concentration

By helping students concentrate on tasks, these guidelines make studying easier and studying sessions more productive
Source: Kansas State University

Memorization Strategies

Learning to memorize your course material takes work. These strategies will help you retain information and more effectively prepare for exams
Source: California Polytechnic State University

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Time Management

Tracking Your Time Effectively

Where does your time go? Use the three links within this page to evaluate your time use, chart your weekly activities, and then plan an efficient weekly schedule to utilize throughout the semester
Source: The University of Minnesota-Duluth

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Organization

Successful Study Habits

If you don’t know where to begin, these study strategies will help prepare you with techniques such as “chunking” and “mnemonics” to get you on your way
Source: New York University

Web Tools

100 web tools to organize your thoughts and ideas
Source: online-college-blog.com

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Note-Taking

How to Take Great Notes (video)

This video series, WatchWellCast, is aimed at self-improvement. This video aims to help you become aware of good note taking strategies and how to think about taking notes.

Lecture Strategies

Prepare yourself better by using these strategies to create and maintain effective lecture notes
Source: College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University

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Essay Writing

Write Effectively

Use these resources as a springboard for effectively writing a paper, perfecting style and citations, and finding strategies for subject-specific assignments
Source: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Essay (video)

Understand the concept of an essay and essay writing
Source: Panther Academic Support Services

Audience (video)

Knowing your audience is critical to an writing an effective essay
Source: Panther Academic Support Services

Purpose (video)

Help prepare yourself to understand the difference between correct and nearly-correct multiple choice answers with these strategies
Source: Panther Academic Support Services

Context (video)

It’s not simply what you say or how much you say, but HOW you say it that’s important. Learn these strategies to better prepare you for taking essay exams
Source: Panther Academic Support Services

Introduction (video)

Download the PDF from this link to learn strategies to study for and successfully take math exams
Source: Panther Academic Support Services

Thesis (video)

Download the PDF from this link to learn strategies to study for and successfully take math exams
Source: Saint Louis University

Test-Taking

Personal Test Taking Survey

Evaluate how well you take tests with this multiple choice test.
Source: Community College of Philadelphia

Essay Exams

It’s not simply what you say or how much you say, but HOW you say it that’s important. Learn these strategies to better prepare you for taking essay exams
Source: Indiana University – Bloomington

Math-Intensive Exams

Download the PDF from this link to learn strategies to study for and successfully take math exams
Source: Saint Louis University

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Videos and Podcasts

Academic Success Videos

Videos on strategic learning, time management, note-taking, reading improvement, stress management, and more
Source: Dartmouth College

UWM Podcasts – D2L

View study strategy podcasts through D2L at any time!

  1. Go to D2L
  2. Log-in as a UWM ePanther
  3. Pick any tutoring subject area (ex: Social Studies & Humanities Tutoring)
  4. Click on the “Content” tab in the top-left corner of the new screen
  5. Choose from Course Podcasts (ex: Study Tip: Note Taking Systems)
UWM Exam Review Sessions – D2L Archives

Click on the link above to receive instructions for accessing archived exam review sessions. Then, access D2L to follow the steps and find an archived session for your course.