Teaching Students Study Skills/How to Learn


Learning how to read and study are the keys to college success. The first section of this page is for faculty, describing methods they can use in classes to help students learn course material. The second section will provide students with tips and strategies for effective reading, studying, and test taking. Instructors can put these links on their syllabi or refer students to them as needed.


Strategies for Faculty

"Best tools and practices for concept mapping" by Chris Clark (University of Notre Dame, Kaneb Center).
Introduction to terms and uses for concept maps/mind maps, a teaching-learning strategy that entails building a visual representation or visual organizer to assist learning or show what has been learned. Site includes links to further resources and articles.

"Getting Students to Read: Fourteen Tips," Eric H. Hobson, Georgia Southern University (IDEA Paper #40, July 2004).
Ways to motivate students to do the course reading and methods to assist them in learning from it.

Motivating Students to Do the Reading,” from Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross Davis (University of California, Berkeley).
Scroll down to the section on “motivating students to do the reading” for eight strategies. Other strategies in this chapter on Motivating Students may also be useful.

Using Textbooks Effectively:  Getting Students to Read Them,” by Denise Boyd, from Teaching Tips (Association for Psychological Science).
Information ranges from motivating students to buy the course text by showing them how to find reduced copies on the Internet, to application exercises, in-class assignments, and exams that require reading the assigned course material. 

Strategies for Teaching Critical Reading” by William Peirce (Prince George’s Community College Reasoning Across the Curriculum Program).
Five strategies for getting students to do the assigned reading and think critically about it.

"Research on Student Notetaking: Implications for Faculty and Graduate Student Instructors," Deborah DeZure, Matthew Kaplan, Martha Deerman. (CRLT Occasional Paper #16, 2001, University of Michigan, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching).
This article reviews research on notetaking and students' review of their notes; includes lecture strategies that support effective notetaking and ways to support students with disabilities. Provides a handout for students: Student Guide to Effective Notetaking and Review.

Learning Support Centers in Higher Education (LSCHE).
This site is a web portal for information about learning support centers in higher education. Provides access to articles, bibliographies, material on learner assessment, links to information on many learner categories, and links to over 1000 learning support centers in the U.S. and other English speaking countries.

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Assessing Students Study Skills

Reading VALUE Rubric

Information Literacy VALUE Rubric

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Strategies for Students

Study Guides and Strategies (University of Illinois at Chicago, Academic Center for Excellence).
An inclusive site for students that covers time management, studying, learning through lectures and reading, taking exams, writing, and studying for particular courses.

Helpful Study Skills Links (University of St. Thomas).
Links at this site guide students to information on note-taking, studying, and test-taking. Includes strategies for some specific disciplines.

Study Guides and Strategies maintained by Joseph F. Landsberger.
Student guides for many aspects of studying and learning.

Useful Links: On-Line Study Skills Assistance, Class/Subject Specific On-Line Assistance, ESL Resources On-Line ( Bellevue Community College TRIO Student Support Services).
Many links for students, including handouts, surveys, strategies, tips and tools for studying, learning, writing, and taking exams.

Virtual Note Taking Guides at Michigan State University Libraries
Directions for virtual note taking in the world of cyberspace, apps, mobile devices, and cloud storage.

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