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.
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  • Lectures 39
  • Length 2 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • this course is suitable for anyone studying or learning. Or, anyone who teaches or instructs others

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Section 1: Essential Study Skills - An introduction to the course

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.

2 pages
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.
Section 2: Types of study

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.

Section 3: How do you learn?

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.

4 pages

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.

Section 4: Acrostics, Acronyms, Analogies and Mnemonics

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.

Section 5: Reading

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

1 page

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

Section 6: Condensing and Summarising

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


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.


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.


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.

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

Section 7: Cue Methods

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.

Section 8: Note taking

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.


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.

1 page

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

Section 9: Studying from books
PQRST & SQ3R methods
1 page

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.

Section 10: Prioritisation

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.

Section 11: visual methods

The Method of Loci, will be familiar to you if you have watched Benedict Cumberbach in Sherlock Holmes, because this is the method he uses in his 'mind place'. It can also be seen in Elementary and Hannibal.

This approach is based on the building of neural pathways and is particularly beneficial if you are a visual learner.


This method works by associating the numbers from 1 to 10 with words that rhyme. You can then associate these words with the information you need to remember.

Section 12: Auditory

Auditory approaches include; talking out loud, recording your notes, asking questions (individually), asking questions (as part of a group) and listening to podcasts and videos.

1 page

This is a list of apps you could consider that convert text to speech, so you can listen back in a variety of places eg. at home, whilst travelling or exercising.

Section 13: Don't miss anything out!

The BRG (Black Red Green) method was developed through the Royal Literary Fund. and it helps you to ensure that every aspect of the question that has been asked has been considered


The PEE (Point Evidence Explain) method builds an argument around a series of logical, coherent, linked paragraphs.

1 page

This is a detailed document explaining the PEE (point, evidence, explain) method.

1 page

As promised at the end of lecture 30 - the PEE method, this document explains the 7-point scale for perfect paragraphs.

Section 14: a general strategy

Throughout this course we have looked at a wide variety of study skills. In this video I want to look at a general strategy / approach to any kind of study, which is easy to remember and execute. This is the ASPIRE Strategy.

1 page

A document explaining the ASPIRE study strategy we saw in lecture 33.

1 page

This is a list of general exam apps, you could consider.

Section 15: Summary

In this 1st summary video we will recap our previous 14 sections.


In this 2nd summary video I want to show you how practically you can combine different study methods. You won't see a video of me in the bottom left hand corner of the screen during this video as I want to concentrate on the images and information.

Section 16: supplementary information
9 pages

This is a 'master list' of apps and web based study and learning resources.

I have separated them into general as well as individual topics and study areas.

Section 17: Study Skills Post Course Evaluation
2 pages

In lecture 2 you undertook a series of 'baseline questions'. In this lecture you will revisit these and critically reflect on what you have learnt during this course and how it will alter how you approach future learning & studying.

Section 18: a general strategy

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