Do you want to improve your study skills (reading, taking notes, preparing for tests), so you are a more effective learner? Do you feel lost during lectures or are not sure what to do with your notes after class? Do you feel like you don’t always remember what you study?

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This is the information for you, then. Explore the following articles to not only learn strategies that will help you as you navigate your collegework, but to find out why these strategies will work, and to understand your brain a little better and how it retains information best.

(Not sure what you're looking for? Navigate to our Where Do I Start page and answer some questions. Based on your answers, we'll suggest some strategies and tools to use. You can check those out and use them to begin a more in-depth exploration of the Learning Corner.)

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Not all reading is the same. Learn how to better read (and retain information) for your courses.
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These are ingredients to reading success. Read about them here, and start using them today.
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Use this worksheet to better structure your reading exercise, and get more out of it.
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Use this worksheet to evaluate the effectiveness of your study locations.
Great concentration doesn't always just happen. You can do a lot to set yourself up to succeed.
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We've grouped resources into some broad categories. Read about them here, and start using them today.
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Instructors can talk fast. Take a look at these tips to better prepare yourself to succeed in their courses.
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Examples of seven different note taking styles! Outline & Cornell, yes, & Storyboard & DIY &...
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Effective note taking? We can walk you through that.
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Taking good notes means more than just writing information down. Here are some tips!
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Study groups can be as much a challenge as they can be helpful. Here's how to help yours work.
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Not sure how a study guide should look? Take a look at this.