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.
Primary Appointment Topics
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.
Examples may include speed reading, how to effectively retain information, figuring out what is important in the text, etc.
Examples may include matching note-taking methods to your learning style, organizing your notes, using your notes to study for exams, 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.
Procrastination and Accountability
Examples may include breathing techniques, productive fidgeting, goal setting, habit tracking, productivity, etc.
Examples may include creating a personalized exam study schedule, creating manageable study goals, strategies for during the exam, final paper writing strategies, etc.
Examples may include improving your memory, understanding vs remembering, using mnemonics, etc.
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 Meeting
- 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.