Learning Center Study Skills & Resources
The Learning Center strives to foster the enhancement of academic skills and abilities to assist students in becoming independent learners by providing multiple layers of support to USF undergraduate and graduate-level students. With the goal of increasing student persistence and self-regulation, The Learning Center provides:
- Academic Skills Workshops (by request and pre-finals week each term)
- Academic Skills Coaching (one-on-one, hour-long appointments, online via Zoom)
- Online academic resources (included within this webpage)
For more information, please contact us at 415-422-6713 or email@example.com.
Learning Center academic skills coaches are available to meet one-on-one with any USF undergraduate or graduate student to discuss academic skills and strategies, including (but not limited to):
- Time Management and Organization (includes prioritization and planning)
- Test-taking and Exam Preparation (includes positive thinking)
- Active Study (includes structured study time, note-taking strategies, and critical reading)
- Motivation and Goal-Setting (includes procrastination)
- Learning Styles and Preferences (includes an overview of campus study spaces)
- ...and more!
To schedule an individualized Academic Skills Coaching appointment, please log in to our centralized scheduling system.
Submit an evaluation of your Academic Skills Coaching experience here
(after your appointment)
Learning Center staff can facilitate workshops on an array of topics and skills. To request a Learning Center workshop, please fill out our request form and select one of our workshop offerings:
- "Time Management & '168' Prioritization"
- "Test-Taking and Exam Preparation"
- "Active Study – Part I (Note-taking & Reading Strategies)"
- "Active Study – Part II (Critical Thinking & Metacognition)"
- "Preparing for Finals: A 7-Day Study Plan"
The workshop request form seeks to gather as many details as possible to ensure we can prepare a relevant and useful experience for participants. Please review the available workshop descriptions within the form before submitting. If none of the workshop offerings seem to fit your vision, simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-422-6713 for more information.
Want to learn more about time management, test-taking skills, and more...on your own? Be sure to check out our free webinar series, DonTALKS, which cover an array of techniques you can use to better yourself as a present student and future professional.
An Academic Skills Coach/Tutor is available for all international students at USF (undergraduate and graduate) who desire assistance in developing study strategies or effective communication with professors.
International students can follow the "How to Schedule an Academic Skills Coaching (ASC) Appointment" instructions, and at step #6, select "Academic English Support" from the drop-down menu of programs.
For scheduling assistance email LWSC@usfca.edu, call 415-422-6713, or utilize the chatbox on any of the LWSC webpage.
- 7-Step Goal Setting Worksheet: 7-Step Goal Setting.pdf
- The 7-Day Study Plan
- PDF (to print): 7-Day Study Plan.pdf
- Excel (to download): 7-Day Study Plan.excel
- Google Drive (to view): SAMPLE 7-Day Study Plan
- Time Management & Prioritization: Ten Practical Suggestions
"The Power of Zero"
Stress Management Resources
- The Study Cycle.pdf
View an overview of
The Study Cycle
- The Art of Taking Notes.pdf
- Critical Reading.pdf
- Active Reading.pdf
- GAMES Academic Skills Inventory - PDF version
- GAMES Academic Skills Inventory - electronic version
- Preparing for Office Hours.pdf
- Communicating with Professors: Ten Practical Suggestions.pdf
Post-Exam Reflection Handout
Download the handout or "Make a copy" under the "File" drop-down menu within your Google Drive after opening the document.
Test Prep: Positive Thinking Exercises
- Positive Thinking Exercise #1: Positive Contradictions.pdf
- Positive Thinking Exercise #2: Flash Cards.pdf
- Positive Thinking Exercise #3: Positive Inventory.pdf
- Positive Thinking Exercise #4: Controlled Breathing.pdf
- Positive Thinking Exercise #5: Dealing with the Fear Response.pdf
- Positive Thinking Exercise #6: Muscle Relaxation.pdf
- Positive Thinking Exercise #7: Rehearsing the Test.pdf
Resources related to physical spaces
Resources related to Receptive Learning Styles
- The Learning Center has permission to distribute the VARK, a widely-utilized questionnaire that helps students/learners identify learning strategies to utilize according to their natural preferences. If you are interested, please schedule an Academic Skills Coaching appointment to explore your learning style/preferences (select "Learning Styles" when scheduling).
Resources related to Personality Styles and/or Processing Styles
- Pathways to Learning / Multiple Intelligences Worksheet
Open this document within Google Drive; click "File" then select "Make a copy" to edit (this is a template).
- Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) - forthcoming
Based on Pintrich, R. R., & DeGroot, E. V. (1990). Motivational and self-regulated learning components of classroom academic performance, Journal of Educational Psychology.
USF Campus Resources
- USF CAPS Self Help Resources
- Self Care Assessment
- Self-Care Goals
- Self-Care Wheel
- Self-Care Wheel (Blank)
- CAPS Self-Care Kit
Websites & Applications
Test-Taking and Memorization Resources
- Memorization Strategies
- Memorization and Test-Taking Tips
- Mnemonics: Index of Popular Mnemonics
- OnlineSchools.Org: Guide for College Level Tests
"Great links for writers"
Additional Tools and Services
- USF CAPS Prioritization Video
- Chegg Prep: Find, create, share and study flashcards for any subject -- without a monthly subscription
- Study Blue: The online home for your class notes, flashcards, and course materials
- Evernote: Keep Tabs on Everything
- Remember the Milk: Electronic Reminders
- Free Mind: Free Mind Mapping Software
- Chegg: Online Study Community
- VassarStats: Statistics Computation Tool
- Connexions: Online Learning Community
- Online College Courses: Free online courses from the world's leading universities
- Study Hacks: Student success advice blog by students for students
- OCW Finder: Database of open course ware