Study Tips from the CSA Academic

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Written by Derek Pieper

Time is flying by at the University of Guelph and classes are into their second week already! Here are some helpful tips from the Central Student Association Academic Commissioner to help you get off to a successful start in this new semester.

Time Management

First things first: it’s up to you to manage your time at school. While some students have a knack for multi-tasking, you may find it’s a challenge to balance courses, work, as well as social and extracurricular activities. The trick is not to get overwhelmed. Here are some simple steps to get you started:

1. Use the calendar pages in your CSA agenda (if you didn’t get your free copy, visit the CSA office in UC 274) to help with day-to-day organization.
2. Know your limits. It is okay to say no to activities you are less interested in, even if you feel obliged to give your time.
3. Time management is a skill that can be learned! There are services to help you, like those offered by the Learning Commons in the library, ex. 53632, learningcommons.uoguelph.ca

Some simple study tips:

1. Make a study plan for the semester. You probably got a course outline on the first day of class from your professor (some are also available online on department websites, search www.uoguelph.ca for your courses). These course outlines should include all major dates for the semester including mid-term examinations and assignment deadlines for those particular courses. Mark all of these dates on a calendar or in your CSA agenda so that you can map out a timeline of your entire semester and see in advance when you are going to be busy studying and when you will have time for other activities.

2. Learn how to take effective notes in class. Lecturers sometimes speak quickly, it’s important to develop a style that works for you. Talk to the people in the Learning Commons (ex. 53632) or take a workshop in the library to learn how to take effective notes in class. If you are a student with a disability make sure to be in touch with the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) to enquire about note-taking services. The CSD is located on the 3rd floor of the UC. You can also look up their website

3. It’s okay to ask for help. If something you learned in class is confusing make sure to seek assistance sooner rather than later, the semester can fly by before you know it and it’s easy to fall behind (midterms are coming up!). Professors and graduate student teaching assistants have office hours (normally included on course outline) when you can visit them outside of class to ask questions and get support. Many first year courses also have Supported Learning Groups offered by the Learning Commons. To learn about this amazing academic resource visit their web page .

4. Ask your CSA Academic Commissioner for help! It’s my job to help ensure that students are successfully navigating the university system. Feel free to visit me on the second floor of the UC at the CSA offices, room 274, or call at ex. 56742, or email . Best of luck in the semester!

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