Online course

Improving Your Study Techniques

Improve your study skills and get better results by learning to use the 'three-step study model'.

Develop effective study skills for life

Learning is a fundamental part of life; many of us continue studying even when we leave formal education. This means good study skills are vital for all of us. Many, however, lack these skills and struggle to study effectively.

This course aims to change that. Through the course you will learn to become a better student by learning to apply the ‘three-step model’ of studying: previewing, summarising and revising. You will consider your use of time and learn how to make a realistic study plan. You will also learn how to tackle procrastination, deal with stress and keep motivated while studying.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsReading books, making notes, watching videos, going to class-- these are all things we associate with studying. But after a day of hard work, you sometimes wonder what you actually learned. I've read the same text for the third time. And I'm still not even sure if I know what it says, let alone that I can even remember it for the exam. It can also be that you just do not get around to studying because your schedule is full or you lack the skills to plan ahead. In this free online course Improving Your Study Techniques, you will practise with learning skills you will be able to use for the rest of your life.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsRegardless, whether you are a full-time student or someone who studies incidentally for professional development, this course will help you find out what works best for you and your brain when it comes to studying effectively. During four weeks, you will be supported by experienced student trainers from the University of Groningen Student Service Centre, who will introduce you to a step-wise approach, including previewing, summarising, revision, and time management but also show you how to deal with stress, the tendency to procrastinate, and how to keep motivated. You will also meet our three students, who will give practical tips and share their experiences, giving you an insight into different approaches to studying. So if you want to improve your study skills, join us.

What topics will you cover?

• Study preparation • The three-step model of studying: previewing, summarising, revision • Study planning • Attending lectures • Exam techniques • Procrastination • Stress • Motivation

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the most important topics of a text
  • Develop a clear and useful summary of a text
  • Apply effective revision methods
  • Design a study plan that really works for you
  • Reflect on your tendency to procrastinate
  • Explore stress reduction
  • Reflect on your study motivation

Who is the course for?

This course for anyone currently studying including full-time students and people studying for professional or personal development. It might also be useful to anyone involved in the learning process, for example teachers, student advisors and family.

Who will you learn with?

Maple Hupkens

Trainer/psychologist. The main topics in which I train students are study techniques, time-management, bullet journaling, speed reading, academic writing and tackling procrastination

Anne-Miek Hermsen

Trainer/Career counselor of the University of Groningen. The main topics in which I train students are study techniques, time-management, fear of failure, academic writing and study/career choices.

Who developed the course?

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands.

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