Effective Studying

Whether you are in your first university course or working on your doctoral dissertation, the library can help you develop skills to study effectively in different types of courses.

Programs & Services

  • Academic Action Plan
    If you want to manage your workload, avoid procrastination, and prepare effectively for midterms and exams, you need an Academic Action Plan. Find out more about what the Academic Action Plan can do for you and how to sign up.
  • Individual Appointments
    For more help with effective studying, check book an appointment with us.

Online Tools & Videos

  • Learning Skills Inventory
    Get feedback on your current approach to university learning and a list of resources to help
  • Mark Calculator
    A tool to help you determine your current mark in each course and calculate your semester average to help plan and prioritise your studying
  • A Guide to University Learning
    Designed for incoming undergraduate students, this online mini-course gives you a preview of what it's like to take lecture notes, process academic texts, and write a multiple choice exam. It includes tips and strategies from senior UG students
  • Course Outlines: More Than Just Due Dates 
    This short video includes suggestions for how your course outline can help you prioritize, manage your time, and study efficiently
  • Learning from Lectures
    Learn about the pros and cons of using laptops in class, strategies for taking notes in different types of courses, and ideas for what to do with your notes after the lecture is over
  • Learning from Textbooks
    Learn about active reading, the value of 'speed' reading, and how to deal with difficult texts
  • Note-Taking Skills
    Wondering about whether to use your laptop to take notes? Read more about different methods for taking notes effectively, whether on paper or on your laptop
  • SQ4R ... A Classic Method for Studying Texts
    A systematic approach for learning from texts in courses that emphasize a lot of factual information
  • How to Read a Book
    This video has useful tips for reading effectively and efficiently
  • How to Read an Article
    This video has useful tips for reading journal articles
  • 7 Steps to Better Concentration
    Learn how to identify, analyse, and reduce distractions, a key method for improving concentration
  • Concept Mapping
    A graphical way of organizing your thoughts and showing how concepts are related or differentiated
  • Top 40 Study Strategies
    See our top forty tips for effective studying
  • 7 Strategies to Manage Distractions
    To improve the effectiveness of the time you put into studying, work at recognising and getting rid of distractions

The Library has many handouts available, on a variety of topics, near the Learning Commons Waiting Area on the first floor of the Library.

For more help with time management, check out our upcoming workshops, or book an appointment.