Preparation, persistence and holding yourself accountable are key to being a successful learner. Work through the tips below to set yourself up for success.
Set up your study space
Having undisturbed study time is vital to your success
- Select a spot you do not use for other activities.
- Using a dedicated workspace will help you to establish a routine.
- Be clear with roommates or family so they know this is your "quiet zone," and share your study
- If possible, choose a spot where you can post a "do not disturb" sign.
- Your space should have an area where you can leave papers, books and materials you are
working on, even if you have to place them in a box while the space is used for other things.
Create a space that works for you
- Having a comfortable and ergonomically correct workspace will allow you to study for longer periods of time without undue strain.
- To reduce eye strain, natural light, or light bright enough to read by, will reduce eye strain.
- Listen to music if you prefer! Music without lyrics is less likely to affect your concentration.
- Set your space up with all materials you'll need for studying, such as writing paper, pencils and
erasers, highlighters and a water bottle.
- Manage your digital distractions by logging out of social media and distracting websites. Put
your cell phone on silent and out of sight.
Set up your technology
Learn about tech requirements
- Review the minium computer and internet connectivity standards that will work for most USask classes.
- Learn about recommended security actions.
- Find out how to test your internet connection.
Schedule your time
Treat your studies like a job
- Whether you are taking classes on campus or on-line, having structure, self-discipline, motivation and strong time management skills are key to staying on top of your studies.
- Establishing a daily routine takes practice but will pay off in the long run.
Plan ahead, create schedules and stick to them
- The most important tool in time management is a planner, whether paper or online.
- Create a detailed weekly schedule and stick to it.
- Set aside enough time each week to study with no distractions.
Use time blocking to create structure and develop routine
- Schedule a time for watching lecture recordings, readings, coursework and review.
- Use your class syllabus to find assignment due dates and exams, and record these in your
- You can use an electronic planner to set reminders for yourself to complete tasks.
- Wake up and eat meals at the same time each day to develop a predictable routine.
Order class material
Get your textbook list and supplies
Prepare for your classes
Get to know your classes
- Thoroughly read your course syllabi. Learn course expectations and how to contact your
professor. Keep in mind that no two courses will be structured in the same way.
- Become familiar with the course management system, Canvas, and learn about its functionality. Understand how to upload your assignments, where to find course materials and where the discussion board is located. Learn how to use the system by watching tutorial videos.
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