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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.


  • Academic Action Program
    If you want to manage your workload, avoid procrastination, and prepare effectively for midterms and exams, join the Academic Action Program.

Online learning

  • Online Learning
    Designed to address the challenges of learning during the pandemic, this guide features strategies to help you learn effectively when you are taking a full load of online courses.
  • 7 Steps to Better Concentration
    Simple strategies to help you improve your concentration
  • 7 Strategies to Manage Distractions
    To improve the effectiveness of the time you put into studying, work at recognizing and getting rid of distractions

Calculate your marks

  • Mark Calculator
    A tool to help you determine your current mark in each course and calculate your semester average to help plan and prioritize your studying

Active and integrative study strategies

Reading and note-taking

For more help with studying effectively, check out our upcoming workshops, or book an online appointment.

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