Essential Study Skills: Strategies for Ultimate Success
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Essential Study Skills: Strategies for Ultimate Success

Learn to; recall faster & smarter, study from books, read effectively, use a combination of study skills and preempt Qs.
4.2 (33 ratings)
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Created by Sarah Simpson
Last updated 6/2015
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 38 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • choose the right study technique for you
  • appreciate the types study you may undertake
  • understand that there are three main ways that you learn
  • identify what reading style best matches your type of study
  • practice and appreciate the different types of condensing and summarising methods
  • understand how cue cards work
  • acquire note taking skills that will aid studying
  • know how to study from books in an effective and efficient way
  • understand how to prioritise your studying
  • Know how to preempt what questions you may be asked
  • appreciate how visual methods can aid information assimilation
  • understand the benefit of auditory methods and techniques
  • understand methods to ensuring you don't miss anything out when practicing / answering questions
  • learn the ASPIRE strategy
  • undertake a critical reflective learning exercise
  • you may wish to take notes as you along
  • please complete the baseline / pre course questions. This will be re-visited at the end of the course as part of your critical reflective learning

This study skills course covers; how and why you learn, multiple study skills methods, how to read, take notes and study from books, prioritisation, visual and auditory methods, ensuring you don't miss anything out, how to preempt exam questions as well as a general study approach and a list of apps and web based systems. This will all combine to produce a system which enables you to learn & recall faster and smarter.


Master essential study and learning strategies for ultimate exam success!

  • Recognise the 5 reasons you study
  • Appreciate different learning styles
  • Examine condensing, summarising and cue methods
  • Recognise the 3 main reading styles
  • Learn how to study from books and take great notes first time
  • Understand a technique for prioritisation of study material
  • Learn visual and auditory approaches to study
  • Learn techniques for ensuring you do not miss anything out when answering questions
  • Appreciate the need for a great general study approach
  • Recognise how apps and web based systems can contribute to exam success
Learn and recall faster and smarterHaving lectured and indeed studied for many years I know how daunting it can be to have to condense; weeks, months or years of learning into what is usually a very short exam. This course will give you the skills, tools, techniques, knowledge and insight to learn, study and recall that information in a way that suits your style, whilst pre-empting possible exam questions and prioritising your approach.

In short this course offers you a complete learning and study system that can be adapted to you and your topic. It shows your progress through pre and post critical reflective learning.

It contains 26 videos as well as comprehensive supporting information and documents.

This course is an essential 'one-stop-shop' for study skill success.

Who this course is for:
  • this course is suitable for anyone studying or learning. Or, anyone who teaches or instructs others
Course content
Expand all 39 lectures 01:57:11
+ Essential Study Skills - An introduction to the course
2 lectures 04:03

This video will 'set the scene' for this study skills course. It covers; what you will learn, but what we mean by study skills and how you can contact me should you have any questions.

Preview 04:03
Please complete these pre-course baseline questions. They are a crucial part in critical reflective learning and practice and will show you how far you have come by the end of the course, when they are re-visited.
Study skills baseline questions
2 pages
+ Types of study
1 lecture 04:40

Why do you study? Well, there are actually 5 reasons for studying and by looking at these as well as the 4 fundamental ways you can improve your learning and study skills we can 'set the scene' for the rest of this course.

Preview 04:40
+ How do you learn?
2 lectures 04:08

In 1987 Neil Flemming suggested that people learn through a mix of Visual (seeing), Auditory (listening) and Kinaesthetic (doing).

You will see how each of these ways of learning open up different ways of studying.

In lecture 5 I have added a VAK scoring / test, so you can see what your individual preference(s) is.

Preview 04:08

Do you know how you best learn / study? This VAK -Visual, Auditory & Kinaesthetic scoring sheet allows you to see your preferred method of studying and learning. You will see that some people have dominant style, whilst others have more of a combination approach.

VAK test / score
4 pages
+ Acrostics, Acronyms, Analogies and Mnemonics
4 lectures 10:25

This video explores acrostics - An invented sequence of words, whose first letter gives you the clue to the information you need to remember and recall.

You will see examples of 'acrostics in action' .


This video explores acronyms - an invented combination of letters, which is pronounced as a single word. Each letter of this word is a cue or suggestion to the item you need to remember.

You will see examples of 'acronyms in action'.


This video explores analogies - a comparison between unlike things that have something in common.

You will see examples of 'analogies in action'


This video explores mnemonics - another technique for remembering information that is otherwise quite difficult to recall.

As with the previous videos we will explore this through examples.

+ Reading
2 lectures 06:26

To be a really effective reader and therefore studier you need to be able to vary your style depending on your material.

The three methods we will look at in this video are; speed, skim and scan

reading video - styles & methods

This is a list of apps that you can consider when becoming a more efficient and effective reader.

Reading apps
1 page
+ Condensing and Summarising
6 lectures 08:50

Keywords help with memory recall by condensing large amounts of information into a single word or short phrase that is easy to remember. The key to success is to pick a word that unlocks a large amount of information.


Tree structures or diagrams allow us to see all the possible outcomes of an event and calculate their probability. Each branch in a tree diagram represents a possible outcome

tree structures / diagrams

These are an excellent tool for creating an overview, and remembering it accurately.

They help distill complex topics down into a single memorable page by using branching and spatial organisation, colour and images.

spider diagrams

Mind maps help you to generate ideas and make associations. They are a powerful memory aid in an examination because they are visual in nature and show the relationships between component topics within an overall subject area.

mind maps

A concept map is a way of representing relationships between ideas images or words.

In a concept map, each word or phrase connects to another, and links back to the original idea, word, or phrase. As such they are a way to develop logical thinking and study skills by revealing connections and helping you see how individual ideas form a larger picture.

concept maps

This is a list of apps that you could consider when using condensing and summarising study methods.

Condensing Apps
1 page
+ Cue Methods
1 lecture 02:06

The most widely used cue method is the flashcard.

One of the primary reasons for their success is they require active recall and each time this is practiced you force your brain to remember or recall information.

Nowadays these can be electronic rather than written and there are many apps or sites where these can be created or downloaded.

flash cards
+ Note taking
3 lectures 06:46

Notes are structured as a sequence of numbered points and paragraphs, with headings and indentations which resembles an essay plan. It is a useful technique for books or articles where arguments are static and built up slowly and sequentially.

skeleton prose

This provides you with a structured, common-sense way of making sure that you take clear notes, engage with them actively and have accurate material from which you can study or revise. It prevents you from having to laboriously recopy your notes when revising or studying - a so called “do it right first time” method.

The Cornell Note Taking System

This is a list of note taking apps that you could consider to support your learning and studying.

Notes Apps
1 page
+ Studying from books
2 lectures 07:12
PQRST & SQ3R methods

As promised in the last video this document gives you a sample 7 -day SQ3R plan. Remember though, it can and should be adapted for your individual needs.

SQ3R 7-Day Study Plan
1 page
+ Prioritisation
1 lecture 03:08

When studying a common pitfall people fall into is setting out to learn everything in the order in which is was presented or delivered. However, for a variety of reasons which could include time constraints, fatigue or sheer volume of material this may not be possible, or as you will see, even desirable. Therefore, we need a method of separating what is essential you know from what would be great to know if you had unlimited time and energy.

the traffic light approach