Study Skills

COVID-19 Response

For people seeking Study Skills aid:

Due to the spread of COVID-19, study skill appointments will switch from in-person meetings to virtual meetings. The content of the meeting will be the same as it is in normal appointments. We will share some resources based on student’s needs and discuss how to use them. Before each appointment, the study skills coordinators will send the resources to each student based on their concerns in advance. If during the appointment, the study skills coordinator thinks another resource will be helpful, they will email that as well. Then we will identify student’s concerns in study skills and discuss how to use each resource to help improve their academic performance during the appointment.

How to use BBCollaborate:

After you make an appointment, we will create a session for our appointment through BBCollaborate on canvas. We will  send you a link to join the session via email. You can click the link to join the video call during the time of your appointment. After clicking the link, you will be directed to the video call page. Click the button on the bottom of the page to turn on your camera and microphone. You are all set now!

Stay safe!

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What do I need to prepare for the meeting?

You only need to inform the coordinators about the topics you want to discuss before the appointment and join the meeting on time.

If I’m unable to have a video meeting, what should I do?

If you have any technical issues with video meetings, please email our coordinators and discuss which method works for you to conduct an appointment.

If I have questions, what should I do?

If you have any problems, please email or the coordinator who is going to meet with you.

Is there any dress code for the video meeting?

NO. You can wear whatever is comfortable for you.

Scheduling Appointments

Hello! I’m Sanjana, currently a sophomore studying Communication Sciences and Disorders. I specialize in time management and other related areas. If you need advice or tips, don’t hesitate to come see me. I’m really looking forward to working with you!


Monday: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM | 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM | 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM | 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM | 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM | 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Sign up for an appointment with me by clicking here!


Hi, I’m Freya, currently a sophomore studying Statistics, Economics, and Mathematics. I specialize in time management stress management, and concentration and motivation. If you have concerns regarding these related problems, please schedule an appointment with me and we will work together to help you make improvements! I am really looking forward to meeting you!


Monday: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
: 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Wednesday: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Thursday: 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM | 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Sign up for an appointment with me by clicking here!

Study Skills Appointments

One-hour long, 1-on-1 advisory appointments are available with our study skills advisors. These free appointments aim to identify areas of development specific for each student and help them develop their own personal strategies to grow.



Study Skills Workshops


Do you want your student organization’s members to earn a higher GPA, have a space to bond, and get the most out of their membership?

Your organization can schedule a personalized workshop from our coordinators covering a variety of topics like:

  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Exam Preparation
  • Note-Taking Skills
  • And More!

To sign up your organization for a workshop, click here for more information!

The main purpose of our Study Skills program is to help you improve your studying habits and give any tips needed in certain studying areas!

The Study Skills Program consists of two branches: individual advising sessions AND group workshops. In both of these settings, we work with students to help identify problem areas in time management, note-taking, concentration, test-taking, and more. We then work with students to help them develop their own personal learning strategies.


Contact Us:


The Study and Learning Skills Program (SLSS) is a peer-to-peer service offered to students registered with the McBurney Disability Resource Center. To become a registered McBurney student, click here to see if you are eligible. Students schedule individual appointments with trained study skills specialists to discuss ways to study more effectively. The primary appointment topics include the following:

  • Scheduling and Time Management: Examples may include setting up a planner, creating a personalized study schedule, breaking down large assignments into smaller and more manageable segments, prioritizing your work, etc.
  • Note-taking: Example may include matching note-taking methods to your learning style, organizing your notes, using your notes to study for exams, etc.
  • Exam preparation: Examples may include creating a personalized exam study schedule, creating manageable study goals, strategies for during the exam, final paper writing strategies, etc.
  • Reading Strategies: Examples may include speed reading, how to effectively retain information, figuring out what is important in the text, etc.
  • Concentration and Focus: Examples may include tips for refocusing, various study spots around campus, Being mentally present in and outside of the classroom, etc.
  • Memorization: Example may include improving your memory, understanding vs remembering, using mnemonics, etc.
  • Procrastination and Accountability: Examples may include breathing techniques, productive fidgeting, goal setting, habit tracking, productivity, etc.

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What to expect during a SLSS appointment

SLSS is a peer led study and learning skills program for McBurney students. The first intake appointment is one hour. Reoccurring or follow up appointments are available after the intake appointment and usually last 30 minutes to 1 hour.   It is strongly encouraged that students utilize SLSS for multiple appointments to get the most out of the program, though not all students may need to do so. During the appointment students will work with a SLSS staff member to identify and problem-solve concerns in the following areas: time management, organization, concentration and focus, test preparation, etc.  For a more complete list of topics SLSS can cover, see above.

Expect a personalized appointment about general study strategies, a place to ask questions and reflect on current study strategies, and the opportunity to work through resources about different strategies.

Note that SLSS does not provide subject specific tutoring. If subject specific tutoring does interest you, check out the Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS) for a variety of programs.

How to come prepared to a SLSS appointment

  • Complete the pre-session questionnaire sent to you in your appointment reminder from the McBurney Center. The pre-session questionnaire allows you to explain your concerns and helps SLSS staff prepare for your appointment.  
  • Ask yourself what your specific concerns are. For example, if you struggle with time management, what about time management is difficult? 
  • Be prepared to discuss your current study strategies. Think about what has or hasn’t worked in the past. For example, do you benefit more from a physical paper-based planner or an online/electronic format? 

The SLSS staff is here for you. The more you reflect, the more we have to work with. 

Makayla Johnson

McBurney Study and Learning Skills

Program Coordinator

Madelyn Kaiser

McBurney Study and Learning Skills

Program Coordinator

Sanjana Kumar

Study Skills

In-House Coordinator

Emily Stanevicius

McBurney Study and Learning Skills

Program Coordinator

Freya Wan

Study Skills

In-House Coordinator