If the demands of university or college learning are new to you, then you may be looking for basic advice on the skills and strategies needed for success. You’ve found the right place for general information and basic overviews of studying in college and university. If you have specific questions about writing, research, or studying, you can find answers in their respective categories. The links in this category will lead you to basic learning strategies at the post-secondary level.
Transition overviews and workshopsAs a new student, it is important to get familiarized with the resources and services that are available at your university or college. You can access these details by attending information sessions or by finding them online. Don't hesitate to ask around either! Your success is important at Campus Manitoba's partner universities and colleges.
- Assiniboine Community College - Spend a Day at ACC
- Brandon Univerity - Transition Tips
- Red River College - Open House
- The University of Winnipeg - Passport to Success Program
- University of Manitoba - First 6 Weeks Program
- Guelph Learning Commons - Guide For University Learning
Time management and avoiding procrastinationPost-secondary education puts demands on your time that require you to be a more productive and effective learner. Use the following resources to better manage your time.
- Campus Manitoba Navigator - Owning Time Management for Student Success
- The University of Manitoba - Handouts on Time Management
- The University of Winnipeg - Effective Time Management Handout
- York University - Time Management Strategies
- TimeCenter - Managing a Busy Schedule for College Students
- Study Guides and Strategies - Time management Suggestions
- George Mason University - 8 Basic Strategies for Time Management
- Harvard Business Review - Stop Procrastinating … Now
- The New Yorker - Getting Over Procrastination
- David McRaney - Procrastination
- California Polytechnic State University - Discussion on Procrastination in Academia
Managing anxiety and stressStudents looking for help managing their stress and anxiety can find information at the following links.
- Campus Manitoba Navigator - Mental Health: Did You Talk? and Defeating the Exam Monster
- The University of Winnipeg - Dealing With Exam Stress
- George Washington University - Counseling Resources
- Study Guides and Strategies - Overcoming Text Anxiety
- California Polytechnic University - Test Anxiety
Reading textbooks and essaysPost-secondary courses often ask you to read challenging material for many purposes -- studying, researching, writing, and more. These handouts, videos, and guides help by providing specific instructions and suggestions on how to read effectively.
- The University of Manitoba - ALC Reading Handouts
- The University of Winnipeg - Reading Strategies
- Samford University - Video on Using Textbooks to Study
- Dan Kurland - Critical Reading
- John Lye - Critical Reading: A Guide for Analyzing Literature
- Guelph Learning Commons - Reading Textbooks
- L. Kip Wheeler - Critical Reading of an Essay’s Argument
Taking notesA key to success in university or college is taking quality notes during lectures, readings, and more. Use the following resources to ensure you're getting the most out of the classroom.
- The University of Manitoba - ALC Note-Taking Handouts
- The University of Winnipeg - Note-Taking Handout
- UNSW Australia - Note-Taking Skills
- Dartmouth University - Note-Taking, Listening, and Participation
- University of Exter - Note-Taking Skills
- UBC Learning Commons - Taking Notes
- The University of Waterloo - Building Your Note-Taking Skills
- York University - Note-Taking Brochure
- LBCC - Video on Taking Better Lecture Notes
Preparing for examsDo you have an upcoming exam or test and you're not sure where to start? Use these resources to help you get started.
- Campus Manitoba Navigator - Defeating the Exam Monster
- The University of Manitoba - ALC Handouts on Learning & Memory
- The University of Winnipeg - Handout on Memory & Exam Strategies
- Study Guides & Strategies - Open Book Exams
- The University of Illinois - Strategies for Multiple Choice Exams