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Improving Your Study Techniques

University of Groningen via FutureLearn

Overview

Develop effective study skills for life

Learning is a fundamental part of life; many of us continue studying even when we leave formal education. This means good study skills are vital for all of us. Many, however, lack these skills and struggle to study effectively.

This course aims to change that. Through the course you will learn to become a better student by learning to apply the ‘three-step model’ of studying: previewing, summarising and revising. You will consider your use of time and learn how to make a realistic study plan. You will also learn how to tackle procrastination, deal with stress and keep motivated while studying.

This course for anyone currently studying including full-time students and people studying for professional or personal development. It might also be useful to anyone involved in the learning process, for example teachers, student advisors and family.

Taught by

Maple Hupkens

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Reviews

4.9 rating, based on 121 reviews

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  • This is an excellent course blending hard and soft studying techniques, which makes studying more enjoyable. The instructors begin by introducing the three-step method for studying. As the videos include interviews to students using the method, I felt...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is the third course on studying/learning that I've taken so far, and by far the best out of the three. It was spread across four weeks and taught me a lot, I don't know how much someone who already knows a good deal about studying would get from...
  • Meta-cognitive skills will need to be developed and Study techniques that will develop within individuals a mastery of the knowledge and skills set.
  • Good study techniques and the theory supporting them are very clearly presented in this course. Testimonials from three students in different fields provide personal examples, and the mix of short video lectures and animated videos is very engaging. The course offers very practical tips on planning, staying motivated, countering procrastination, the importance of sleep to academic success, and other related topics. I enjoyed participating and will recommend many of these very practical study tips to my students.
  • Fred Collman completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This course was very useful, practical and motivational. Each week covers a separate aspect of learning. It's primarily aimed at (full-time) university students, but as a professional I still found most aspects relevant.
    Like most FutureLearn courses, there are a mix of videos, articles and discussions. The material is presented in a variety of ways, which makes it engaging. There are instructor videos, some animated videos, plus brief interviews with 3 students whose progress we follow.
    Highly recommended to anyone starting university, or to anyone interested in lifelong learning.
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    Duc Le H.
    What a wonderful course! There are so much to absorb: the TC method, reverse planning, interleaving, value-driven, dirty pain, the S.M.A.R.T principle, the backpack analogy, the 5-minute plan, and the list goes on (i can't write it all here haha) All...
  • Anonymous
    This was a fantastic course. The videos and activities never take more than about two minutes individually, so each week of the course can be finished really quickly. I found it very easy to fit the class into my schedule. For a free course, they provide...
  • Adrian C
    Improving Your Study Techniques has been one of the best courses in study methods. If anyone finds himself having a hard time with studies, this course will not solve the problems but will certainly provide the tools for facing the challenges of academic life.
    The structure of the course is adequate, and they have several evaluations (quizzes) during the course.
    They succeed in proposing the necessary procedures and attitudes for a good student. For procedures, I understand programming time, being realistic in one's goals, planning, and the methodology of studying. For attitudes, I mean fostering a mindset of growth rather than a fixed one.
    They also go into practical tips for a healthy academic life.
  • Anonymous
    I would really recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their study skills. It is such an insightful course with a reader friendly lay out and two friendly faces of tutors who give excellent advice and are very encouraging. There is a nice...
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    Rishabh Rahul Jain completed this course.

    This may seem like an overstatement but, I've said this to my friends and family and I'll write it in my review;
    Improving Studying Techniques, is the best course out of the 200+ offline courses and 100+ online courses I've witnessed in my 20 years of life, yet.
    The information provided is scientific, concise and rarely available at other locations.
    It had a great balance of hands-on vs theoretical and animation vs live videos.
    I sincerely, recommend this to anyone who's looking forward to statistically significant improvement in their study as well as making their studies less stressful or "brain-friendly".
    All the best!
    Rishabh Jain.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course by all standards. if you have not completed this course yet, you should consider doing so before starting any degree course. I thought I knew it all until I completed this course. even though I rushed through the last two weeks of the course because I did it for free and did not want to lose access, it was still an eye-opener. I have done many online courses, but 'improving your study techniques' tops them all. Thanks to the University of Groningen and to the teachers on this course for such a wonderful course. I am eternally grateful to you for this and I shall teach my students these techniques.
  • Pat Bowden completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This is an excellent course with many helpful techniques for study and organising your time. Common issues such as writing a study plan, procrastination, stress, and keeping motivated are addressed.
  • Anonymous
    What a highly insightful course! I am a Doctoral Candidate, and yet I still learnt so much from this course! I am yet to complete my Doctoral Research Programme, and this course has helped me gain awareness into the personal areas that have highly contributed to my not have fully actualised my study goals! This course has rekindled in me the necessity to re-evaluate my goals, so that I can focus on more being value-driven than emotion- driven.

    This course has also helped me to accept the place of clean pain in pursuit of goals.

    Thank you so much for this course!
  • Anonymous
    What a highly insightful course! I am a Doctoral Candidate, and yet I still learnt so much from this course! I am yet to complete my Doctoral Research Programme, and this course has helped me gain awareness into the personal areas that have highly contributed to my not have fully actualised my study goals! This course has rekindled in me the necessity to re-evaluate my goals, so that I can focus on more being value-driven than emotion-driven.

    This course has also helped me to accept the "place of clean pain."

    Thank you so much for this course!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    For myself, I didn't find hearing from the students in videos particularly helpful and thought there were too many videos overall. Despite this, I am amazed at how concise each lesson was, presenting invaluable information so efficiently that each step was a breeze to understand. I cannot commend Anne-Miek Hermsen and Maple Hupkens enough. I am so grateful that my journey towards a degree has been relieved of some of its stress and am certain that the techniques described in this course will help keep me on track and prepared to do my best.
  • Pilar Lillo
    It is an excellent course because teaches all the strategies that I need to develop for better results.

    The most important I learned was:

    1. The importance of planning through a short and long term plan.

    2. How to start to study: 1 Preview, 2 Study and 3 Review.

    3. Pomodoro Technique

    4. Short Goals, short steps and reward.

    5. Maintain motivation and avoid procrastination.

    6. Work in a growth mindset.

    Furthermore, the videos were useful and enjoyable. Thanks very much for the course.
  • Anonymous
    This incredible course must be in your list to learn , realistic , helpful , motivation, it's bring me from the people who hate learning to the people love learning and know how importance of strategy , plan and so on,,.. this is have a ton of tip and trick for those to learn better even u are the worst learner u will improve your learning skill after this course

    thanks u so much for this free course , i really appriciate those who make this course .

    ---vietnam-
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The target audience of the course is students and in my opinion every student should take it.
    Short videos and articles, a lot of visualisation and authentic feedback from the students themselves help to digest the content in no time.
    The course takes you on a journey of studying, what is there behind the lines, why you thoroughly enjoy some things and feel reluctant about others, why you avoid doing things and, most importantly, how to deal with all this stress about studying. Totally recommend it
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    Mary Mayer
    An absolute must for any student of any age!
    This is a well structured course which challenges your thinking and your current approach to learning. It’s packed full of interesting articles, tips and tricks to motivate you to study and learn new ways to improve your experience. A worthwhile course that I would highly recommend.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you so much for the course! I have completed four courses so far, now five, and this is my favourite of any I have taken. This course has helped me to: learn how to structure my study sessions, keep away from distractions and travel from a fixed to growth mindset. I would highly recommend this course!

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