Strategies for Effective Learning

The manner in which a student studies and absorbs information can have an important impact on their education. Far from being set in concrete, studying habits are skills that can be improved throughout a person's life by the application of effective learning techniques and strategies. Small changes in the way we learn can make big differences in how much and how quickly we learn. Here are a comprehensive group of resources for students who wish to unlock the power of effective learning.

Preparing to Learn

Developing Effective Study Habits: An overview of how to improve your study skills.

List of Effective Study Habits: A list of ideas for strengthening studying habits.

Elements of a Useful Goal: A step by step approach to evaluating your goals.

Tips for Effective Study Habits: A useful collection of studying tips and tricks.

Self Assessment: An article on the importance of assessing goals and outcomes for study.


What is Critical Thinking?: A breakdown of the elements of critical thinking and applying it to studying.

Memorizing: A step-by-step approach to memorizing reading materials.

Pros and Cons of Study Groups: A succinct breakdown of the good and bad in participating in study groups.

Listening: A guide to effective listening.

Studying with ADHD: An online guidebook with useful learning strategies for students with ADHD.

Classroom Participation

Evaluating your Note-Taking System: A guide to assessing and improving note-taking methods for students.

Taking Lecture and Class Notes: Advice on listening, taking notes and reviewing them in class.

Taking Effective Notes: Tips for improving the content and usefulness of classroom notes.

Presenting Projects: An overview of how to present a project to other students.

Tips for Learning Online: An article on how to approach distance learning and the studying techniques required.

Reading Skills

Reading Essays and Articles: A series of steps to use when approaching course reading material.

Reading Difficult Material: Lists seven strategies for students to use when reading complex material.

Effective Reading: An overview of building effective reading skills for college.

Reading Strategies: Comprehensive advice on effective reading and understanding.

Selective Underlining: Using underlining to improve note-taking and reading comprehension.

Underlining and Highlighting: An article on the usefulness of these reading techniques.

Preparing for Tests

Preparing For College Tests: A series of checklists to help students prepare for examinations.

Anticipating Test Content: An online study guide detailing how to prepare for the likely content of an exam.

Test Preparation and Test-taking: A comprehensive guide for students in how to prepare for and approach the day of their examination.

Test Anxiety: Strategies for coping with pre-examination stress.

How to Cram; Ideas to help aid last-minute exam preparation.

Cramming Bites: Why cramming is often an ineffective study technique, and may affect performance during an exam.

Taking Tests

Suggestions for Taking Tests: A set of general tips for tackling test and examinations.

General Test Tips: Another selection of tips and techniques for tests.

Test Taking Strategies: A variety of strategies for different examination types.

Multiple Choice Tests: Study skills for approaching multiple choice tests in particular.

Taking Multiple Choice Exams: Guidance on learning techniques for this format of question.

Taking an Essay Exam: Advice on preparing for and sitting essay question exams.

Essay Exams: A study sheet with tips and strategies for essay exams.

Writing Skills

Three Writing Basics: A summary of the basic writing blocks of sentence, paragraph and title.

Essay Writing Basics: A comprehensive guide to essay writing technique.

Transitions: Advice on using transitional words and phrases in writing.

Spelling: A thorough look at how and why English words are spelled as they are.

Rules for Using Commas: Advice on comma use and punctuation in general.

Writing Bibliographies: A guide to writing a bibliography in a variety of academic formats.

Writing Types

Writing Drafts: A guide to approaching written drafts with a glossary of writing terms and further resources.

Structuring Essays: An article on the different types of structure used in essay writing.

The Five Paragraph Essay: A graphic outline of how a five paragraph essay is organized.

What is Expository Writing?: An overview of expository essay writing with visual depictions of different essay structures.

The Persuasive Essay: A definition of the persuasive essay and how to organize one.

Web Writing Basics: How writing for the Web differs from other forms of writing.

Math and Science

Introduction to the Scientific Method: An overview on scientific method and applying it to studying.

Solving Math Word Problems: Strategies to use when tackling math word problems.

Math Test-Taking Skills: Specialized study skills that apply to math examinations.


Evaluating Web Content: A guide for students about evaluating the quality of Web content.

Evaluating Web Resources: A set of criteria useful in applying to material on the Web.

Evaluating And Citing Web Sites: Article on using sources from the Web with further reading resources.

Plagiarism and the Web: An overview of the plagiarism issues raised by the growth of the Web.

Web sites about Plagiarism: A collection of links to student resources on plagiarism.