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Academic Success Resources

Test Taking Strategies

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-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.

  • The Ohio State University (OSU)*:

    • 5 minute video: Strategies for Essay Exams*: Helpful video on interpreting essay prompts, good information. Be aware that some resource links listed are specific to OSU campus.
    • 5 minute video: Strategies for Test Taking, Including Managing Your Time*: Tips on managing time and being strategic with answering questions of varying difficulty levels. Be aware that some resource links listed are specific to OSU campus.
    • 9 minute video: Test Anxiety*: Helpful video on managing test anxiety. Be aware that some resource links listed are specific to OSU campus.
  • Pennsylvania State University*:

    • Test Anxiety*: Ttutorial on handling/coping with test anxiety.
    • Testing and Assessment*: Helpful information and tips on preparing for and taking different types of tests/assessments/quizzes.

  • Oregon State University*: Tips for Managing Test Anxiety: Tips on mentally preparing for exams to avoid or reduce anxiety.

  • Rutgers University*:

    • Study and Writing Skills*: Helpful 1-2 page worksheets/guidelines on test preparation, time management, stress, speed reading, self-management, among other tips.
    • Time Management & Organization Resources*: Provides a self-guided workshop on time management as well as tips for schedule building, meeting goals, and breaking down big projects into manageable tasks. Be aware that some resource links listed are specific to Rutgers University campuses.
  • Purdue University*: Academic Resource Handouts: List of helpful handouts/guidelines on test taking, studying, time management, goal setting, note taking, speed reading, staying focused, among other tips.

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)*: Tips & Tools: List of helpful links and videos on preparing for exams, taking multiple choice tests, coping with test anxiety. Be aware that some resource links listed are specific to UNC Chapel Hill campus.


University of Maryland

The Tutoring and Academic Success Resources website provides links to non-UMD sites. Although every effort is made to provide relevant, accurate, and helpful information, the University of Maryland is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these sites.