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.
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
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
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
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.