Study Strategies

One of the services we provide in the Office of Teaching and Learning is assistance to boost academic success. In the following annotated digital collection, you’ll find tips on test-taking, general academic success strategies, note taking and time management.

5 Strategies for Taking Exams (webpage)

A set of 5 strategies and quick tips from the CVM Office of Teaching and Learning to help you prepare for and take exams.

10 Learning Strategies for Rotations and Courses (webpage)

A set of 10 strategies from the CVM Office of Teaching and Learning for gathering information and applying prior knowledge in more unstructured instructional situations such as rotations. Many of the strategies can also be applied to labs and other classroom-based courses as well.

Academic Success Strategies (PDF)

In this document, you will find information on how to develop or refine a time management approach specific to professional program demands, how to identify which learning strategies from your undergraduate years work and which ones actually hurt your progress, and how to outline study techniques that complement your preferred ways of learning.

Cornell System of Note Taking (PDF)

This worksheet provides a template and directions for using the Cornell system for note taking. This can be used in electronic or pencil/paper format.

Electronic Note Taking (PDF)

This document provides information to assist you in identifying at least two applications for electronic note taking that would work for them (more apps in this post). You will also find information on evaluating strategies for effective curation and note taking (electronic or not) to help you to determine which strategies to adopt of adjust.

Learning Journals (PDF)

This resource from University of Worcester (Aug. 2013) outlines what a Learning Journal is and does for the student, how to create one, what to write about and provides sources for further information.

Multiple Choice Test Strategies (PDF)

This short document outlines strategies for approaching multiple choice tests.

Notes on Note Taking (PDF)

This paper by Michael C. Friedman (Harvard University, Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching) goes into detail about what notes do for us as students, a discussion of electronic vs. paper note taking methods, giving suggestions for both students and instructors, and offering speculation on the future of note taking.

Study Skills for Vet Students by Vet Students (PDF)

This document from the University of Nottingham is a collection of advice collected from vet students under different headings and topics specific to the study of veterinary medicine. Topics covered include, organization, note taking, how to get the most important points of a lecture, collaborative note taking, note revisions and self-care.

Time Management for Health Professions Students (PDF)

This document, prepared by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (California) Healthcare Workforce Development Division, is a workbook to help students plan and implement a time management program to help them get with academic success and personal life satisfaction.