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Learning Studio: Study Skill Development

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Study Skill Development

Effective study skills are successful strategies for approaching course work and overall learning. The Learning Commons recognizes that effective study skills are critical to success in college. These study skills include but are not limited to time management and organization, note-taking, exam taking strategies, etc. College students may need to learn new strategies or simply improve on some of their previous study skills. Throughout the semester, the Director of Student Academic Support Services or the Student Academic Support Services graduate assistants lead Study Skill Workshops that are available for all students. The Director will also happily provide private conferences with students who request help in developing effective study strategies for college success.

Study Skill Workshops

Academic Development Workshops

Academic Development Workshops are meant to be more intensive than the study skill workshops, geared towards the first-year first semester student, and focus on metacognitive growth. 

They are conducted the first four weeks of the semester in the library, meet twice weekly (Tuesday and Thursday early evenings, 4-6pm),  and follow each workshop with an hour study session (applying techniques).

Schedule of workshop topics:

Week One

  • Take MAI (Metacognition Awareness Inventory)
  • Explain Metacognition  and connection to Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Critical Thinking Skills (and their connection to the above)
  • Note Taking Strategies 
  • Classroom Listening Skills
  • Text Book Reading Strategies

Week Two

  • Identifying learning outcomes for courses & assignments – finding purpose in your work (need syllabi)
  • Memory and Concentration Techniques
  • Test prep and taking strategies

Week Three

  • Scaffolding technique – getting more out of your course content
  • Identifying knowledge gaps and other regulating cognition techniques
  • Writing Workshop – Quick writing tips for thesis and paragraph development

Week Four

  • Library & Research Skills
  • Re-Take MAI




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