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Academic Success Resources

Study Skills

The University is committed to academic resources to support student success. This site guides students to services available on campus, from our peer institutions, and other non-university websites. Students are always encouraged to seek out assistance early in the semester. In addition to utilizing these tutoring services and academic success resources, students should consult their academic department for more resources in their major courses. The Undergraduate Catalog provides contact information for your major department and a directory of all student resources and services.  

 

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University of Maryland, College Park Academic Success Resources

  • The Counseling Center offers online academic and study strategy resources such as time management, overcoming procrastination, studying, test preparation, apps to help you track and achieve your goals, and more. 

  • PSYC 100 offers helpful online academic success resources based on psychological studies:

    • 01-B: Mindset Matters: growth vs. fixed mindsets
    • 01-C: Learning Styles?: misconceptions about learning styles
    • 01-D: Studying Smart: effective vs. ineffective study behaviors
    • 01-E: Healthy Brain = Better Gains: Beneficial effects of sleep, nutrition, and exercise on mental performance
    • 01-F: Self-Handicapping: "What if I try my hardest and do the best I can - and I still do not succeed?" Procrastination, poor choices, etc. become strategic barriers to reaching full potential
    • 01-G: Mindfulness: academic benefits of practicing mindfulness
    • 01-H: Distraction: pitfalls of digital distractions in class meetings

Peer Institution Websites*

*Peer Institution Websites: Resources from UMD peer institutions offer valuable information. While most of the information can be used by any student regardless of where they are enrolled, note that some links may provide contact information/resources that are available only to that particular institution. Special thanks to our peer institutions.

  • Purdue University*: Academic Resource Handouts: List of helpful handouts/guidelines on studying, time management, goal setting, note taking, speed reading, staying focused, test taking, among other tips.

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)*: Tips & Tools: List of helpful links and videos on how to “study smarter, not harder”: memorization strategies, reading comprehension tips, reading effectively/skimming, how to be productive: managing distractions, among other tips. However, be aware that some resource links listed are specific to UNC Chapel Hill campus.

  • The Ohio State University (OSU)*:

  • Pennsylvania State University (PSU)*:

    • Reading Comprehension*: Helpful information about effective reading when preparing for class. Adjusting speed of reading, taking notes while reading, effective highlighting. Be aware that some resource links or examples listed are specific to PSU campus.
    • Active Reading*: Provides information on developing active reading skills, offers practice activities.

  • University of Michigan*:

    • 43 minute video: Improving Reading Efficiency*: Scroll to the bottom of this page to watch an “improving reading efficiency” seminar. Note that the text above the video is part of the presentation transcript but it is missing some contextual information, such as charts/graphics and discussion from the speaker, thus it may be best to watch the video to retrieve the full message.
    • 38 minute video: Improving Test Taking Skills*: Scroll to the bottom of this page to watch a “study strategies for test taking” seminar. Note that the text above the video is part of the presentation transcript but it is missing some contextual information, such as charts/graphics and discussion from the speaker, thus it may be best to watch the video to retrieve the full message.

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