Posts for the Topic Learning support

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.

How to read graphs and diagrams

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Are you looking to feel more confident reading and understanding graphs and diagrams? You’ve come to the right place.

Determine the best way to graph your data

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The type of graph you include in a paper, poster or presentation will depend on what concepts, relationships or results you are hoping to share with your audience.   

A beginner's guide to note-taking

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The outline method is one of the most commonly used note-taking methods for university students. In fact, it’s possible you’re already using it! 

The outline method is easy to use and adjust for different purposes — taking lectures notes, reading notes and studying.

5 steps to get the most out of your next reading

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Are you finding academic readings challenging? Do you feel like you’re not getting the most out of them?

There’s a strategy you can try to help with this. The acronym is SQ3R — it stands for survey, question, read, recite and review. Let’s take a deep dive into each step.

An epic approach to problem-based test questions

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Problem-based questions don’t have to be something you dread on your next exam. The key to working through them is to follow a framework to break them down.

The EPIC approach does this and can be used for a variety of problem-based questions. 

How do you create effective study questions?

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Study questions are a great way to help you prepare for an exam or test. They help you review the course material and practice applying it to questions — just like you’ll do during the test.

The key to doing this effectively is to create study questions that force you to use the same skills you’ll use during the exam. 

Next time you get feedback, try these tips

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Let’s start by admitting that reading the feedback on an assignment — especially one you don’t think was your best — can be uncomfortable.

Maybe you even avoid checking the comments because you find constructive feedback difficult to hear. That’s completely normal.

Simple steps to backwards plan for the term

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Have you ever underestimated the time it takes to complete an assignment or study for an exam? Do you find that no matter how early you start, you don’t have enough time?

Backwards planning can help with this. 

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.

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