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I know I did. But then I learned how to study the smart way. If you think that you have also forgotten some study skills, the links in this article can help you.


Also, even if you don't visit another study skills link, at least check out Study Guides and Strategies. It is written by Joe Landsberger, and can be viewed in many different languages. It is worth a look, just to see all the resources there. Mr. Landsberger has done this whole site as a public service. It is a very worthwhile site.

NEW! I had a recent suggestion by one of my readers, Misty. She suggests the Education Atlas Study Skills page. I went there and it looks really great. Thanks, Misty!



When I went back to college, I had to learn how to be better organized. I got a calendar with room on it for detailed notes, and wrote down when each class was, and where it was. I kept track of classmates' names and emails to form study groups for tests and quizzes.

I still had a lot of work to do, though, to improve my study skills, because I had some bad study habits. One bad habit was taking notes the wrong way.


When I was first in college, I often used the same notebook for all my classes. As the year went on, my notebook became more and more messy. It got to the point where I could not find the correct notes for the correct classes. Then I got another notebook, and it got messed up, too. When it was time for tests or finals, it was very hard to find the information I needed.



I took a lot of notes still, but I learned to organize them so that I would not lose them. It sounds so easy, but it helped me so much. I decided I would have a different notebook for every class. Every notebook was labelled with the name of each class. I put extra paper in each one (these were 3-ring binders now instead of plain notebooks) and I could rearrange each folder any time I wanted.



My education classes helped me become a better student and improve my study skills by showing me my personal learning styles. I found out that I learned better when I heard the information and wrote it down. I was an auditory and a visual learner. I guess I kind of knew this before, but now I started to re-type my notes and discovered that I retained a lot more information that way. I found a great link while I was taking my education classes that has Learning Styles on it. Non-traditional students can take this Learning Styles Test online to start knowing how they learn best.

Joe Landsberger has Learning Styles in his site, too. Here is that link. He also covers:

1. Distance Education

2. Your Learning Style

3. Avoiding Procrastination

4. Cooperative Learning

5. Taking Tests, and

6. Research.


With all the responsibilities many non-traditional students face, it is just good common sense to learn the tricks of studying the smart way, because saving time means being able to do more in the same amount of time. And non-traditional students, maybe even more than other students, have a terrific time crunch problem.

Better study skills can also help a student to save time at the end of classes, too, for finals or midterms. I learned to put a little in my brain at a time. This helped my by cutting down on time-wasting cramming at the last minute. It also let me sleep more!

Just let me know if you find other great Study Skills pages, so I can add them to this page. You may also find some more help at the For Teachers Site.


Joe Landsberger Site

Academic Success sites by Linda Walsh

The Virtual Pamphlet Page at the University of Chicago (scroll down for Study Skills pamphlets and more)

Concepts of Learning from Bucks County Community College

College Prep 101 Links




Va. Tech Study Skills Self-Help Page links (links are at the left of the page)

Study Strategies from the University of Minnesota-Duluth

How to Study by Ronald C. Blue, Lehigh Carbon Community College

Academic and Study Skills from California State University, East Bay


The 6-hour D and how to avoid it at the PsychWeb pages

Succeeding in College by Ralph H. Logan, North Lake College, DCCCD

Test-taking strategies from Brigham Young University - includes practice tests!


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