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Useful Web Sites

10 good habits for students: how top students learn (Andrea Leyden, GoConqr, Exam Time, 2015)  

10 habits of highly effective students (Education Corner, 2017)  

10 highly effective study habits (John M Grohol, Psych Central)  

11 good study habits for a breakthrough routine (Develop Good Habits, 2016)  

Effective habits for effective study (Joe Landsberger, Study Guides and Strategies Website)  

HSC exam guide: what to eat to help your brain (Tanya Lawlis, The Conversation, 2014)  

The ten study habits of successful students (Mangrum-Strichart Learning Resources, 2017)  

Twelve study habits to get better grades (Law Institute of Victoria, 2016)  

Which study habits can you improve? [interactive] (Education Planner)  

Getting the Most out of Your Study Time

Books in our Library on Study Skills

Study Tips and Tricks


Reading for Meaning: SQ4R

Note Taking

Well-organised notes can help you recall relevant material and find information again when you need it for assignment work or when studying for exams.

Hints for good note taking  

Prepare beforehand

• Ask yourself questions such as, ‘What do I know about the topic?’ and ‘How does it relate to the previous topic?’ This will open up connections to your long term memory.

• Skim the text. Use the structure and presentation of the text to quickly identify the main points.

• Be aware of why you are making notes, e.g. developing a general understanding, revising for a test, looking for specific details to support an argument in an essay, as this will determine the type of notes you make.

Features of good notes  

Good notes are purposeful, logical, brief and accurate. They are your record of your understanding of what you have read. Good notes should have:

• key points and minor points

• source material, relevant bibliographical details of a text—author, title, publisher, date of publication, page number/s

• highlighting techniques, graphics, colours, underlining to pick out main points

• white space, so that you can add to your notes later on - to aid the transfer of information to your long term memory - for revision

• abbreviations and symbols - to show connections between key points and minor points - to save you time 

For Teachers

Developing, monitoring and reporting on personal learning goals (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victorian Government, 2006)

Everyday study skills: teach students how to set goals, prioritize, and stay organized (Michele Goodstein, Scholastic, 2017) 

Goal setting and student achievement: a longitudinal study [magazine article] (Aleidine Kramer Moeller, Janine M Theiler and Chaorong Wu, Faculty Publications: Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2012)

Goal setting worksheets for middle school students [worksheet] (Enhancing Learning Educational Services, 2006) 

Managing my time: Year 11 study skills seminar 2 [powerpoint] (Tania Sheko, Melbourne High School) 

Study skills workshop: goal setting and time management [worksheet] (Anna Schmidt, University of Winnipeg)

Study skills—teaching students how to learn (California Department of Education)

Teaching guides and strategies (Study Guides and Strategies Website)