Study Skills

The Study Skills (SS) program is offered to help you improve your studying habits and give any tips needed in certain studying areas!

The SS program consists of working 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:

guts-ss@rso.wisc.edu

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.

There are many topics we can discuss with you, including:

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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

Examples 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 study schedule for an upcoming exam, creating manageable study goals, providing test-taking strategies students can use during exams, final paper writing strategies, etc.

Procrastination and Accountability

Examples may include goal setting, habit tracking, productivity tips.

Concentration and Focus

Examples may include tips for refocusing, finding effective study spots around campus or at home, tips for improving concentration and focus in and outside the classroom, etc.

Scheduling Appointments

Freya Wan

Hi, I’m Freya, currently a junior studying Statistics, Economics, and Mathematics. I specialize in time management, stress management, 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!

Availability

Monday: 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM | 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM | 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Thursday: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Friday: 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

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Brynne Boeck

Hi, my name is Brynne and I am currently a sophomore studying Genetics and Genomics as well as Neurobiology.  If you could use some assistance in study skills – be it time management, motivation, procrastination, or anything else – I would be happy to give you some advice!  Please schedule an appointment so we can work together on any skills you could use some assistance on.  I look forward to working with you!

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Study Skills Tips

  • How to Reduce Test Anxiety

    Test anxiety can be difficult for many students. While it may be unrealistic to try to eliminate test anxiety completely, one can certainly work to reduce it. We will discuss some tips to reduce test anxiety in this article.

  • Active Reading Strategies

    The best reading strategies are those that involve active reading. Active reading means reading to understand the material’s relevance for your needs. In other words, you want to engage with the text to get the most out of it. Simply reading and re-reading is an ineffective way to learn and is therefore an ineffective way to study. Follow these tips below to learn new active reading strategies!

  • Exam Preparation

    It’s true what they say: exam preparation is the key to success. However, that’s really only true when you have the proper tools and strategies. Follow these tips below to get the most out of your study session and ace your exams!

  • How to Combat Procrastination

    In this article, we will be discussing how to identify the causes of procrastination and the solutions to combat your procrastination. After figuring out why you are procrastinating, you can start to build your own plan to solve the problem.

  • Creating A Study Space

    Creating a study space in the comfort of your own home is always an important habit to form, but it is especially crucial during this pandemic. The pandemic has been negatively impacting everyone’s study habits. From procrastination, to poor time management, all the way to ineffective study strategies. Luckily, one of the first steps you can take to get back in the right direction is to create a study space. An effective study space has the potential to kickstart your other study habits for the better. 

Weekly Calendar

Here is a video that works through a weekly calendar that improves your time management.

Download the weekly calendar here: Weekly Calendar

Instructions on weekly calendar:

  1. List tasks to do that week.
  2. Fill out baseline commitments (classes, work, extra activities, etc.)
  3. Estimate the time each task should take.
  4. Find gaps in schedule and schedule when to do remaining tasks.

The video works through an example of all of these steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I find Study Skills resources?

For informational videos on various study skills resources, click here.

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 ss.wisc@gmail.com 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.

Study Skills Specialists

Brynne Boeck

Credentials: Study Skills, Peer-2-Peer Mentorship Program

Position title: Program Coordinator/Study Skills Specialist

Email: brynneb.guts@gmail.com

Freya Wan

Credentials: Study Skills, Peer-2-Peer Mentorship Program

Position title: Study Skills Specialist/Program Coordinator

Email: zimow.guts@gmail.com