Instructor Strategies to Help Students with Study Skills

Develop a well-organized, easy to read syllabus.

  • Review syllabus at periodic intervals of approximately 4 weeks.
  • Provide clear information about grading policies, assignment due dates, and class expectations.

Encourage students to take charge of their learning.

  • Emphasize the importance of good study skills.
  • Provide frequent progress check points, including a mid-term grade.
  • Assign study groups.
  • Encourage students to visit during office hours; establish appointments for students displaying difficulty.

Provide students with necessary information to succeed.

  • Prerequisite courses, skills or knowledge required
  • Time commitments for class, assignments, study
  • Level of difficulty & potential problems on assignments, content

Provide information on a variety of resources to help students.

  • Counseling Department
  • Disabled Student Services
  • College study skills courses
  • Basic skills assessment
  • Tutoring, writing lab, wellness center
  • Study skills self help, e.g. internet resources
  • Study strategies specific to your course

Intervene when students aren't doing well.

  • Set up appointments to discuss progress with students.
  • Give students a task to do before coming to see you, e.g. Write three questions related to the course content.
  • Be specific about students' chances of success and what they will have to do to improve performance. 

Allow students to benefit from your class organization.

  • Share your lecture notes with students.
  • Explain the course plan.
    -  objectives
    -  learning expectations
    -  textbook organization
    -  Give students an assignment calendar.
  • Review weekly.
  • Use a variety of study techniques.


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