TIPS: Study Skills and Strategies
Maybe you are reading this early in the semester, and you are anticipating the mid-term and finals testing you know is coming. Or maybe you have a test in two weeks, or tomorrow. What should you do? First, think for a few minutes and write down the particular things that are worrying you. Then choose one of the following options.
I am not sure I know how to study for a multiple-choice or essay exam.
Look at our Preparation for Exams handout for helpful strategies. This should offer you a few of the best ways to become confident and organized.
I do well on most tests, but I am having trouble this term—in just one class.
The first person you should consider meeting with is your course professor. He or she can help review class notes, discuss your questions on specific readings, and advise you how to focus on the most difficult material to make the most of your study time.
Student Academic Services also offers:
- Individual Appointments
- Peer Tutoring: Have you thought about a peer tutor? We can arrange for a tutor for almost any course. The tutors are recommended by the faculty teaching the class, and all tutoring is free.
- Study Groups: Another really good option for you might be a study group. We have several that are already up and running this term, or we can help you set one up for your particular course needs.
- If you need help right this minute, try the University of Oregon site, which may offer you some calm and some breathing space. They have over 16,000 undergraduates, so they must know a lot about tests and anxiety.
I am having trouble in all my classes and I am really scared.
Take a deep breath. If this is a situation where you feel you are a danger to yourself or to others, and you feel yourself spinning out of control, find your RA or your Head Resident. There is a system in place at Skidmore that can help you get to a safe space, and we can help you find the people you need.
If, on the other hand, this is not an emergency, then during the College's open office hours (Monday–Friday, 8:30–4:30), call either the
- Student Academic Services at ext. 8150 (if this is an academic situation)
- Or the Counseling Center at ext. 5555 (if this is more of a personal/emotional difficulty).