Essential Study Tips for Students

Written by Madeline Grove, Senior Writing and Language Consultant at the Student Learning Hub

University can be an exciting and daunting journey, filled with new challenges and opportunities. To help you navigate this adventure, the Student Learning Hub has compiled some study tips that will set you up for academic success.

Read the Syllabus Closely

The syllabus for each class is your roadmap for the entire semester. Make sure you read it carefully to understand course expectations, grading criteria, assignment deadlines, and exam dates. This will prevent any last-minute surprises and help you plan your study schedule effectively.

Take Control of Your Calendar

Effective time management is key to academic success. Use physical or digital calendars to record important dates like exams, project submissions, and class sessions. Plan your week ahead by allocating time for each class’s tasks and assignments and set reminders on your phone to stay on track throughout the week. Don’t forget to plan for your assignments early!

Schedule ‘Me’ Time

Balancing academics with personal well-being is crucial. Allocate time for relaxation, exercise, and hobbies. Self-care is not just a luxury – it’s essential for maintaining focus, productivity, and mental clarity. Check out UBC 101 for more advice and resources about student health and wellness. 

Attend Classes and Take Notes

Attending classes is a fundamental part of learning. Also, writing and rereading your notes is more efficient than revisiting the entire textbook or lecture slides because it helps you absorb information better, preparing you for exams.

Ask Questions and Seek Support

Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Don’t hesitate to ask your professors and TAs any questions. Also, whether it’s a difficult subject, writing assignment, or time management issue, the Student Learning Hub— your one-stop shop for free and flexible learning supports and resources— is here for you!

Remember, adopting effective study habits is a gradual process. Be patient with yourself, embrace challenges, and celebrate your achievements along the way.