Peer Helpers

Study Skills

At the end of this paragraph, there is a Learning Styles Questionnaire designed to give you some guidance into what techniques are best to suit your learning style. To complete the questionnaire, click here.

Step 1 - Preparing to Study

Although instructors vary as to the type and amount of information they provide about what's important, if you're not in class, you won't get any of it. If you borrow a classmate's notes, you could be missing important information, and the information you do get has been filtered by someone else's background knowledge, note taking skills, and attention span. Depending on friends for notes is a high-risk approach to learning from lectures.

  • Assess Progress and Set Goals
  • Review Material Regularly
  • Use the Instructor and Teaching Assistant as Resources
  • Develop Awareness of What You Don't Understand

Step 2 - Planning

  • Planning Your Time
  • Set Study Goals
  • Make a Study Plan

Step 3 - Gather Information on What to Emphasize

  • Consult the Course Outline
  • Review Old Tests
  • Analyze Previous Tests

Step 4 - Use Effective Study Strategies and Techniques

  • Use Active Study Strategies
  • Predict Questions
  • Find a Study Partner or Form a Study Group
  • Create Diagrams to Help Summarize Information
  • Use Strategies to Help Reduce Forgetting
  • Try Flashcards

Step 5 - Get More Information

Ask for extra help from groups such as peer helpers.