Posts for Current students

We asked students and learning specialists to share their best tips, tricks and tools for university students. Browse through the articles for new strategies and perspective. Use the filters to find content that works for you.

Anxious for exams? Reduce stress with these tips

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Does preparing for a test feel as scary as writing it? Read on.

Why attend classes (it’s more than just showing up)

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Do you feel unmotivated to attend in-person lectures?

Maybe you feel disengaged because you can review the slides on your own or watch the recorded lecture. Or maybe you’re not interested in engaging in class discussions or activities. 

If you’re having these feelings, here’s a reminder of some benefits of attending and participating during in-person classes.

How to use feedback to your advantage

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Have you ever submitted an essay or project that you were so sure would meet your professor’s expectations, only to get it back with lots of notes and a lower grade than you were hoping for?

We’ve all been there. Receiving and reviewing feedback from your teaching assistants (TAs) and instructors is a regular part of the university experience.

What to include in review notes for exams

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Not sure where to start when you’re studying for exams?

Review notes are the answer.

Use this five-step process for writing exams

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There’s no doubt exams can be stressful, but using this five step process can help you stay calm.

5 steps to improve your notes with the Cornell method

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What’s the Cornell note-taking method? 

The Cornell note-taking method is a system for taking and organizing notes before, during and after the lecture.

Teaching assistants (TAs) are here to help!

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What is a teaching assistant (TA)?

TAs are upper-year or graduate level students that help your professors and instructors with grading, tutorials, exams and more.

Concept mapping: A powerful tool for note-taking

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You may have used a concept map in a class project, or to take notes  but are you using this tool to its full potential?

Concept mapping can help you develop knowledge structures, assess your understanding of content and review for exams.

5 steps to feel confident about your next exam

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Good performance on a test or exam is a combination of knowing the material you’ll be tested on and using your study time well.

To help you prepare for upcoming tests and exams, here are five steps to take.

6 tips for making a schedule that works for you

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From the structure to format — your schedule should be caterered to what you need it to do to. 

That might include keeping track of your schoolwork, job and other things that are important to you.