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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 139 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...
  • 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.
  • Meta-cognitive skills will need to be developed and Study techniques that will develop within individuals a mastery of the knowledge and skills set.
  • 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
    The course is really usefull for anyone to be involve in study of any issue by any reason, full time study, professional etc.

    The tackle of procastination and manage stress are particular important in order to keep your initial motivation by which you choice to study the issue you are involved.

    Thanks Maple Hupkens you are give me an simple but powerfull insight to keep my study journey.
  • 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.
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    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...
  • Anonymous
    I really liked this course. There are a lot of things making this course excellent. Firstly, the aims of the course are very clearly-formulated, so you really know what you attain at the course of learning. Secondly, there are indeed a lot of strategies what can boost the learning process. What I specifically liked about these strategies, is that we are not overwhelmed by showing thousands of scientifically proven methods, but filtered and selected few ones what can strength study skills. Finally, I really shifted my view on studies. I understood that It is in itself a very complex process, so we need to approach it with different appropriate strategies.
  • Adrian C
    1
    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
    This is an excellent course with very helpful advice and tips on how to improve your study techniques by using a 3 step model, planning, setting SMART goals, and adopting a Growth Mindset. The course also covers how to maintain motivation and provides strategies for dealing with procrastination and stress. I would highly recommend this course to anyone studying at any level. It provides a great foundation and overview of study skills. This would be a useful addition to the curriculum in all schools, colleges and universities.
  • 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.
  • Anonymous
    A very good course, with the right mix of videos, articles, tables etc. which aid in understanding the principles clearly. Ms. Hermsen and Ms. Hupkens, the trainers at SSC have done well in explaining the key concepts through videos. By actually involving three students who are studying in the University, we feel that we can use the principles enunciated in the course for improving our performance. Kudos to both and also to the University of Groningen for making this such a wonderful experience!
  • Anonymous
    This is a great course designed to help students to get the most out of their study sessions. It provides a lot of insight on how to tackle common issues when studying, such as stress, procrastination, and motivation.

    It also provides strategies and techniques, as well as useful tips that every student and teacher should know in order to succeed in their studies and jobs.

    I strongly recommend this course not only for students but also for teachers that want to help their students succeed.

  • Anonymous
    This course really helped me gain the confidence I needed to pursue a higher education. Im from the U.S. and I never felt like my school prepared me for college/ university. Ive been trying to get started on my bachelors degree but jumping right into something without having any knowledge on what your doing or having fears of failure is a bad idea. It will waste a lot of time and money. I would literally recommend this course to everybody!!!and Im so thankful that it was free.
  • 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
  • Anonymous
    Great course. It's the first course I've completely finished, I think it's because you can take it at your own pace. Moreover, the articles and videos aren't too long so they don't suffocate you. Actually, they are very interesting and you know they can help you, therefore keep you motivated.

    Finally, I personally think it's helped me a lot and I improved as a student.

    Thank you very much.
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    Abdelslam Abdelaziz
    Hello! my name is abdelslam
    I study medicine second year I am from Sudan this course really is so valuable and enjoyable in the same time it’s more useful for me I learn how to study with a planning and mange my time and how overcome procrastination and stress
    I recommend you that to Joint this course and enjoy with it
    Thanks a lot
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    this is summary of what I learnt on the course. It was well put together and made me think more deeply about several things which I knew in a general way - topic comment summaries - three step method - previewing texts, studying, revising - revising...

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