I Need Help with... Study Skills & Time Management


Study Skills


Foundations on Reading and Note-Taking

  • Active Reading 
    Take the iStudy tutorial to help you recall and apply information you obtain through printed text.
  • Evaluate Study Locations 
    Take this short quiz to determine whether your study locations are full of distractions or are mostly distraction free.
  • The Learning Scientists
    View or print different posters to learn about guided study practices and techniques.
  • Note Taking
    See this Penn State Learning resource that guides you through taking notes in class, effective listening, and the five R’s of note taking.
  • Note Taking II
    View this quick guide to learn “The Cornell Note-Taking System.”
  • Reading Comprehension
    See this Penn State Learning resource that focuses on study/reading methods, speed reading, and the do’s and don’ts of highlighting.

Preparing for Exams

  • Getting Prepared for a Test: Start Now
    In this module, we’ll share some strategies for effective test prep, give suggestions on how to organize your notes for studying, and discuss test anxiety.
  • Taking Breaks from Studying
    Learn about the benefits of taking breaks to relax, de-stress, and clear your mind.
  • Test Anxiety
    Take this iStudy tutorial to learn about the different types of test anxiety and what you can do to help test anxiety.
  • Test Anxiety II 
    View this checklist designed by Oregon State University that includes tips for managing test anxiety.
  • Test Taking
    Take this iStudy tutorial to help you learn ways to become a better test-taker. It also walks you through different types of testing, assessment, and evaluation.
  • Utilize Instructors Office Hours
    Unsure what to say to an instructor during office hours? Take a look at this list of tips through the University of Oregon.

Time Management

  • Goal Setting Worksheet
    Use this worksheet designed to help you set and achieve SMART (specific, measurable, action-oriented, relevant, time-oriented) goals.
  • Managing Procrastination
    Get help with motivation and procrastination management.
  • Time Management
    Get help with time management through these Oregon State University resources, including a weekly to-do worksheet, a weekly calendar worksheet, and a time management video.
  • Time Management II
    Take this iStudy tutorial to learn to prioritize your time, determine long-term goals, and avoid pitfalls like procrastination.
  • Use a Monthly Planner
    Use a basic planner to help you manage your assignments, exams, and appointments. Find others through Amazon or the Penn State Bookstore.


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