Study Skills

Developing strategies for studying is, like writing and research, an important academic skill, one that can be the difference in how successful you are in university or college.

Postsecondary courses vary in difficulty, but knowing how to prepare for an exam and fill the gaps in your knowledge determines exam success regardless of the discipline or course. Struggling students should seek help as soon as possible, whether from a tutor, a counsellor, an academic advisor, a teaching assistant, a professor, or a learning skills specialist. The institution where you are enrolled should provide academic support in a variety of forms, including workshops, tutoring, advising, and counselling. 

  • Academic skills centres in Manitoba

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  • Online resources for studying

    • Brandon University's Online Resource Guide has a number of external links to useful resources.
    • The University of Manitoba's list of study skills sites also offers a number of links to valuable external sites.  
    • The University of Winnipeg hosts a number of Study Skills Workshops throughout the year. Of particular value to non-UW students are the handouts on this webpage, which include class participation, time management, note-taking, critical thinking, memorization, and more. 

    • The University of Guelph Learning Commons offers a Guide to University Learning, which recommends a consisent process for reviewing notes throughout the term and includes a list of questions you should know heading into the final exam. The site has won a number of awards for its content. 
    • The University of Adelaide's Study Tips for Succeeding at University gives practical advice on managing your time and your workload, including self-help and self-direction. 
    • University of Cambridge divides their Study Skills page into four categories: time management, reading, note-taking, and IT literacy, research & library skills. 
    • Open University's Study Skills page is a list of links organized according to topic that lead you to more specific information. 
    • Texas A&M's basic study techniques should sound familiar. 
    •, a broad resource for students that shows you the best ways of mastering material in school. 
    • Cal Newport's Study Hacks blog contains frequent updates and regular content about managing your study time effectively as a student. His unconventional advice has resonated with students enough to support three books on the subject. 
    • UNBC's study skills handouts address a range of subjects, from transitioning to university to succeeding in seminars.

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  • Books on studying and college success

    Find any of these titles at your preferred retailer or library. Open textbooks can be accessed at no cost. Other free books on this subject may be available. Click here for a list of common websites for open textbooks. 
    • How We Learn by Benedict Carey
    • Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown
    • Remember Everything You Want and Manage the Rest by Helmut Sachs
    • The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward Burger
    • How to Win at College by Cal Newport
    • Super Memory, Super Student by Harry Lorayne
    • Study Smarter, Not Harder by Kevin Paul
    • The Secrets of College Success by Lynn Jacobs and Jeremy Hyman
    • College Success by Bruce Beiderwell et al. (open textbook)
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