study skills

Three Top Study Strategies from Dr. Christine Harrington

The start of a new school year presents a door of opportunity to college students. If they’re hoping to improve their grades—or, if they’re facing increasingly challenging courses—they may be on the lookout for effective study skills that will help them retain what they’re learning, earn good grades, and feel confident in their ability to achieve their academic goals. In this video from the online resources for Student Success in College: Doing What Works!, Second Edition, author Dr. Christine Harrington mentions three successful study strategies: retrieval practice; organizing techniques; and group study. Learn why she recommends these Read More…


Effects of College Life on Students’ Time-Management Skills

College students quickly come to realize that all that college requires of them, including papers, assignments, readings, and lab work—not to mention the family, job, and social responsibilities they must continue to uphold—make it especially important to plan and use their time well. If they were good students in high school, they’ll surely find that college offers new challenges that place new demands on each day; or, if they’ve been away from school for quite some time, they’ll know that adding college to their list of commitments will certainly change the way they balance and use their time.

In our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked college students a number of questions about their time-management habits. Nearly three thousand students responded.

In today’s post, we’ll focus on their thoughts regarding the differences between the time-management skills they used in high school, and those they use now that they’re in college.

Would most college students say that they’ve needed to pick up new time-management skills… or would most say their habits aren’t all that different? Let’s take a look at what they told us.

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College Students and Instructors on Library Use: Infographic

Whether they’re conducting research for an assignment, looking for a quiet place to study, or simply want to take a “time out” with a fun book or magazine, students can (and do) find multiple reasons to visit their college library.

Instructors, too, find many reasons to view their on-campus library as an important resource. Among these, they can send students to conduct their research projects, place copies of assigned readings on hold, and of course use the library’s holdings for their own research and class preparation.

Given that can easily access volumes of information from our computers and smartphones, how do today’s students and instructors view and value library use? And in a day where it’s easy to type a keyword into a browser and produce millions of results, how do they perceive students’ research skills?

In our recent Engagement Insights Survey, conducted this spring, we asked hundreds of instructors and thousands of students to provide their perspectives on library use and research habits. The infographic below compares their responses and provides insight into the ways that instructors and students across the United States make use of their campus libraries.

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College Success Advice: Time Management

When you think about the attitudes and behaviors that lead to college success, which are among the first to spring to mind? If you’re like us, “time management skills” certainly appear near the top of the list.

During Phi Theta Kappa‘s 2014 NerdNation convention, we had conversations with numerous attendees and talked to them about the skills and strategies they use to achieve college success. When we asked “What do you think is key to being successful in college?,” we received many thoughtful answers, several of which centered around the importance of effective time management.

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Test-Taking Tips from Top Students

From choosing what and when to study in preparation for an exam, to determining their strategy for taking the test itself, a college student needs to give a great deal of consideration to the steps he or she will take in order to achieve success.

If your students are seeking some advice on successful test-taking habits, they may find it helpful to hear about the strategies that have helped their peers succeed. In the video below, attendees of the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa NerdNation convention discuss their own test-taking tips. Listen to their practical and proven suggestions, and share them with your students!
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Group Projects: Tips for Students, From Students

Whether college students take classes online or on campus, one thing’s just about inevitable: at some point in their academic careers, they’ll have to participate in at least one group project. Many students can be apprehensive about the experience; but, if they follow a few simple guidelines, they can improve the likelihood of success (and perhaps even learn to enjoy the process!).

During Phi Theta Kappa’s 2014 NerdNation convention, we asked students to share their college-success tips with fellow students.

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Study Groups and Support Systems: Tips from Students

Though personal drive, initiative, and self motivation are key to college success, students also experience great benefits when they connect with other students, form solid study groups, and engage in peer-to-peer learning experiences.

In these videos, filmed during Phi Theta Kappa‘s 2014 NerdNation convention, students describe how study groups benefit their college experience. They list the traits of people they’d want to include (or wouldn’t want to include) in their study groups. They also discuss the value of developing a support system and connecting with fellow students on campus.

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Tips for Students: Reviewing with a Partner Before an Exam

When you’re down to the wire in the final moments before an exam, every second is valuable. After many hours or days of studying, students must decide how to quickly refresh their memory before the exam. Should they review keywords in the textbook? Fire questions at the instructor? To begin, we asked college students, “If you had ten minutes to review before an exam, how would you spend your time?” Share these hints for reviewing before an exam with your students.

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Tips for Students: Improving Study Strategies for Midterms

When it comes time for important exams, college students’ usual level of effort may not quite cut it. Preparing for midterms or finals typically requires significantly more reading, reviewing, and studying–all of which can significantly impact academic success. Share these five tips with your students to help them ramp up their study techniques in time for midterms or other exams.   Read More…


Ten Principles of Successful Time Management in College

Time management in college can be challenging—yet it’s absolutely essential to students’ success. With all the assignments, responsibilities, and opportunities that come students’ ways, it’s vital that they learn how to create a thoughtfully planned and consistent schedule that  helps them manage their time, energy, and resources effectively.

Today, we continue our series on time management by sharing ten principles that will guide students as they flex their time-management muscles. (You may also find some helpful tips as well!) The principles, summarized from a section in Carolyn H. Hopper’s Practicing College Learning Strategies, Seventh Edition, will assist students in their efforts to successfully complete their work and fulfill their obligations.
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