Study Skills for Academic Life

Course Description
When students enter university, they need the self-knowledge and academic skills to meet
successfully the challenges of university life and work. This course helps students in developing
effective strategies and practical skills needed to see a positive difference in both their
academic performance and the life choices they make. The course also shows students how to
create and use study systems, think critically, concentrate, read with understanding and
manage their learning to achieve the outcome they want. In brief, this course aids students to
learn how to learn so that they can take immediate control of their learning.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course students will:
know and apply self-management skills to direct their academic performance
understand the ways in which they learn most easily and most enjoyably
define their own goals and preferences as they embark on their university career
embrace diversity and still be themselves
know and use the vital study skills and strategies they need to become confident and
successful
create and use study systems, think critically, concentrate, read and listen with
understanding
develop and implement strategies to manage their time effectively
develop effective test and examination taking skills
Introduction
Knowing the campus and its resources
Form An Academic Support Group
Embrace Diversity
Know Where to Find HelpStay Informed
Get Involved
Motivation to Learn
Assess Academic Strengths and Weaknesses
Discover learning styles
Develop Critical Thinking and Study Skills
Adapt learning style to teaching method
Using Critical Thinking Strategies
Examine Assumptions
Make Predictions
Read With A Purpose
Sharpen Interpretations
Find Implications in What is Learned
Read and Understand Graphics
Evaluate what is learned
Setting Goals and Solving Problems
Set goals for success in university
How to develop a positive attitude
Sharpening Classroom Skills
Prepare for Class
Become an Active Listener
Develop A Personal Note-Taking System
Guidelines for Note Taking
The Informal Outline/Key Words System
The Cornell Method
Matching Note-Taking Style and Learning Style
Time Management Skills
Scheduling Time
Time Management and Learning Style
Procrastination
Creating Your Study System
The Basic System
Devising Study Systems
Organizing Information for Study
Memorization
Concept or Information Maps
Comparison Charts
Time Lines
Process Diagrams
Informal Outlines
Branching Diagrams
Controlling Your Concentration
Concentrations
Eliminate Distractions
Use A Study System
Strategies to Improve Concentration
Improving Learning and Memory
How Memory Works
Increase Memory PowerPreparing for Tests
How To Prepare for Tests
Organize all test materials
Review all material
Re-write notes
Read assignments
Develop a Test-taking Routine
Reducing Test Anxiety
Eliminate the Causes of Test Anxiety
Learn to Relax
Face Fears
Think Positively
Find Your Best Solution
Becoming an Active Reader
Reading Actively
Find the Main Idea, Details, and Implications
Using a Textbook Marking System
Maintaining Health and Well-Being
Health, Well-being, and Success in University
Managing Stress
Avoiding Harmful Substances
Your Emotions
Your Interpersonal Skills
Your Sexuality

Teaching Methodologies
Lectures, class discussions, small group work, and assignments.

Course Assessment
The continuous assessments for this course will account for 60% of the final course mark; the
final examination will account for 40% of the final course mark