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Study strategies

In order to ensure that you do well at university, you need to develop good study skills. There are three main groups of study strategies: elaboration, organisation and rehearsal.

1. Elaboration

  • Paraphrasing
  • Summarising
  • Note-taking
  • Creating analogies
  • Producing and responding to questions (in essays or oral presentations)
  • Explaining concepts (in essays or oral presentations)

2. Organisation:

  • Outlining
  • Listing main ideas
  • Organising by mapping (visual tools, diagrams)
  • Identifying text organisation

3. Rehearsal

  • Reciting
  • Mnemonics (memory aids)
  • Clustering to organise information into meaningful groups
  • Passive highlighting (simply highlighting important phrases in your notes/readings)

When you are preparing essays, oral presentations and other similar assignments, you will need to use the elaboration and organisation strategies listed above. Elaboration and organisation strategies lead to deeper processing and understanding of information, which will be especially relevant as you go into your second and third year.

For more information on study strategies take a look at the online resources on the HEDC Student Learning Development website.