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Study Skills

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Effective study techniques that will help you learn more and get more work done in less time!




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Study Skills is a course that provides detailed information on a variety of techniques you can use to greatly improve your study skills. The course also has advice on how you can identify and overcome common study problems, how you can manage your study workload and how you can develop good time management skills.

The course begins by showing you how learning occurs most effectively in a cycle of four steps: Preparing, Absorbing, Capturing and Reviewing. Goal setting and planning ahead are also covered as well as the best ways to stay focused and motivated to reach your study goals. You will also learn about strategies for managing, prioritizing and dealing with time.

Next, you will learn about learning strategies such as the process of storing and retrieving information, the use of mnemonics for memorizing lists and data, and the most effective ways to ask questions either in a classroom setting or in an online forum. The four main methods and formats of note taking are explained. You will also learn about the critical thinking process such as asking the right questions to understand a problem and considering the value of research material and deciding how to use it.

You will learn effective strategies for studying online e-learning courses, and how you can stay motivated to successfully complete online courses.

You will learn about the process of active reading, and the strategies used to engage with text-based materials. You will also learn about how to review and evaluate different types of texts with a particular focus on the methods used with math and science based material.

Exam situations are also covered, explaining the different types of tests, how to combat test anxiety and how study groups can give you new perspectives on material and help you fill in gaps in your notes.

Finally, you are introduced to the methods of academic writing such as how to produce a first draft and review it for errors, and how to present it in a professional format. The three stages in the writing process are explained: Preparing, Writing the draft and Revising and editing. You will also learn how writing skills are transferable and can be used in the classroom, in online courses or in exam situations.

This course will be of great interest to learners studying a wide range of subjects as it will help you develop and implement very effective study skills that will increase your confidence and performance.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Explain learning styles and recognize learning preferences;
  • Practice time management strategies;
  • Explain the skills necessary to succeed at online learning;
  • Prepare for listening in class and taking notes;
  • Use and explain the four primary methods of note taking;
  • Explain the difference between short and long term memory;
  • Use a variety of strategies to build memory power;
  • Explain the importance of reading for learning;
  • Define the four steps of active learning;
  • Develop strategies to help you read effectively and quickly;
  • Develop strategies to apply when taking tests and quizzes;
  • Explain the writing process;
  • Develop productive pre-writing and revision strategies;
  • Distinguish between revision and editing;
  • Explain the demands of specific writing situations, such as writing essays or writing in an online class.

All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Certificate course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Certificate course, you have the option to acquire official Certification, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certification is:

Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

Alison offers 3 types of Certification for completed Certificate courses:

Digital Certificate - a downloadable Certificate in PDF format, immediately available to you when you complete your purchase
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All Certification is available to purchase through the Alison Shop. For more information on purchasing Alison Certification, please visit our faqs. If you decide not to purchase your Alison Certification, you can still demonstrate your achievement by sharing your Learner Record or Learner Achievement Verification, both of which are accessible from your Dashboard. For more details on our Certification pricing, please visit our Pricing Page.


Course Reviews

Moamen B.
one year ago
Moamen B.

very Good Courses

Sarah H.
one year ago
Sarah H.

This course was very helpful because it included many different ways to learn, study, understand etc.

Jonathan L.
one year ago
Jonathan L.

This course gives helpful insights into good disciplined approaches one can use to effectively tackle academic and learning processes.

Shernelle G.
one year ago
Shernelle G.

This course was very helpful and insightful into what I need to do to study successfully, and the mistakes I have been making so far.

Mikealison T.
2 years ago
Mikealison T.

Excellent Course - really enjoyed it- every student should do it - especially those starting college or senior high school.

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