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
- If possible, select a spot that is not used for other activities.
- Using a dedicated workspace will help you to establish a routine.
- 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.
- 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 the materials you'll need for studying, such as paper, pencils and erasers, highlighters and a water bottle.
- Manage your digital distractions by logging out of social media and closing distracting websites. Put
your cell phone on silent and out of sight.
Set up your technology
Learn about tech requirements
- Review the minimum 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
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.
- Wake up and eat meals at the same time each day to develop a predictable routine.
- You can use an electronic planner to set reminders for yourself to complete tasks.
- Use your class syllabus to find assignment due dates and exams, and record these in your planner
- Set aside enough time each week to study with no distractions. In your planner, schedule a time for watching lecture recordings, reading and doing coursework.
Order class material
Get your textbook list and supplies
- Find what textbooks your instructors have listed in the My Textbooks channel in PAWS or search by course.
- Order your books and other course materials online at shop.usask.ca.
- Visit Shop USask's online store, which offers a variety of laptops, calculators, printers, ink, accessories and more.
Need help ordering?
If you have any questions about ordering from the Bookstore (or selling your textbooks back to them), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Bookstore's students' page. If you're not sure what technology you need or what products to choose, ask the Shop USask Tech Concierge.
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.
- Avoid misconduct by acting with integrity and remaining honest. Learn about academic integrity.