College Study Skills: Set Yourself Up For Success
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College Study Skills: Set Yourself Up For Success

Advance Your Study Skills At College Or University With Practical Advice That You Apply Immediately For Success
4.7 (18 ratings)
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Created by Danny Zacharias
Last updated 5/2015
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 mins on-demand audio
  • 5 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Take charge of their calendar and set themselves up for success
  • Know how to manage their homework
  • Work productively
  • Be better readers
  • Know the skills they need to work on to be a better student
  • Have the tools they need to get things done
  • Take good notes
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In this course, students will learn the basic mindset, skills, tools, and scheduling that you will need to set yourself up for success in university or college.

Place Yourself On The Path Of Success By Becoming An Organized And Productive Student.

  • Learn how to develop a master plan at the beginning of each semester
  • Know how to learn from your mistakes
  • Discipline yourself to be productive
  • Equip yourself with reading skills
  • Master note-taking and study

Just what I needed! Each lecture is in small snippets and he offers concise tips for everything from making the most of class lectures, reading assignments, taking notes, etc....I'm excited about finally having the tools I need to develop better study habits instead of stressing by the third week of class that I'm going to fall behind on my papers — Anita Van Hal

Powerful Tips And Practices To Make You A Better Student

Going into university or college with this information will place you on the path of success. Too many students enter into post-secondary education with no knowledge of how to manage their time, how to learn from their mistakes, or how to be productive. Investing some time in learning these study skills will help students to get the most out of their education.

The knowledge, tricks, tips, and hacks learned in this course will help students to excel in their studies, and help them focus on learning the content of their courses.

Your style of teaching made me feel as if I was discovering these tools with you! Your teaching style made learning fun and memorable. This class has catalyzed the development of new patterns and skills in my study habits, research, and writing. Thank you and well done! — Jesse Richards

Content and Overview

I designed this course to be suitable for students who are just starting their post-secondary education, or those who are already in university or college but need some practical advice on how to study better.

Starting with the right mindset in your education is crucial. This course starts off with helping you to own and take charge of your education, so that you can get the most out of each and every course you take.

Post-secondary education is often an overwhelming experience, as students face an avalanche of homework. Students of this course will learn how to set up a master plan at the beginning of each semester so that every assignment gets done on time and with excellence.

Grade school does not always prepare students with the right skills necessary for university or college. 7 essential skills will be covered which will equip students to excel in their studies.

There are many tools available for students that can greatly aid them in their study, classwork, reading, notes, and productivity. The Right Tools section will highlight these for students.

Reading and Writing will take on new life for post-secondary students. This course will teach you how to be a better reader as well as help you to properly tackle major written assignments.

Often the biggest stumbling blocks for students is themselves. Whether it be their laptop or their smartphone, students distract themselves too much. This course will provide some tips and tricks to stay in the productive zone when studying.

At the end of this course, students will better understand what is in store for them at college or university, and will be equipped to create a master plan for tackling their homework, dominating assignments, and getting the most out of their readings and classes.


Who is the target audience?
  • College students
  • University students
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 35 Lectures Collapse All 35 Lectures 03:44:28
The Right Mindset
4 Lectures 25:16

Some introductory comments to new students

Preview 01:07

This lecture talks about the right mindset that you need to have when entering into secondary education (part 1)

Preview 12:04

This lecture talks about the right mindset that you need to have when entering into secondary education (part 2)

The Right Mindset, pt. 2

Get Feedback This Way
Managing Homework
2 Lectures 29:14

This lecture tells you how to prepare your homework master plan in the very first week.

Managing Homework, pt.1

Managing Homework, pt.2
The Right Skills
8 Lectures 41:58
Introduction to the Skills Section

The library is your friend! Knowing how to use the library is an important skill that many students never learn - but you aren't most students!

Skill 1: Know the Library

Researching an assignment for university or college involves more than just googling it. Research is an important skill to have.

Skill 2: Research Well

You will be doing a lot of written assignments, so you need to train like an athlete to get better at it.

Skill 3: Writing Well

Common citation styles: APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian

Skill 4: Proper Citation

Presentation software mentioned: Keynote, Powerpoint, Prezi (prezi dot com)

Skill 5: Presentation

Skill 6: Engaging in Class

The 3 note-taking styles I refer to are:

Cornell Notes

- Evernote template

- Apple Pages template

- MS Word template

- single page PDF template

- 6pg PDF template


- For PC, Microsoft One-note is probably the best outlining software

- For Mac, OmniOutliner stands at the top.

- Don't forget, pretty much every word processor has this capability

- Plenty of mobile apps do this great too


Mindmapping is a little more specialized in that you need an app specifically made to do it. Because I don't mind map a lot, I've stuck with the free version of MindJet. But if you really like this, I would check out this Lifehacker article highlighting some other mandmaps too.

Skill 7: Note-taking
The Right Tools
8 Lectures 29:33
Calendar & Homework Managers

Word Processor


Class → Notes → Flashcards

For even more information on the specifics of reference management software please check out my 2 blog posts on the subject:

Post 1

Post 2

Citation Software

Halfway there!

Note-Taking Storage

[Important App Here]
How to Win at Reading & Assignments
5 Lectures 01:03:05

You are going to be reading A LOT. This lecture will help you understand the different type of reading, and how to be a better reader.

Become a Reading Ninja

Written assignments is where you make or lost a lot of marks. You need to understand how best to tackle them. part 1.

Dominate Major Written Assignments: preliminaries

For some tips on how to edit your own writing better, please check out my blog post on the subject here.

Dominate Major Written Assignments: the nitty gritty, pt.1

Dominate Major Written Assignments: the nitty gritty, pt.2

In this document, I detail how I read (non-fiction) books in order to gather information and process it so that it useful and usable to me later. I hope you enjoy!

**NEW** How to Read and Process Information From Books
4 pages
Productivity, Baby!
6 Lectures 29:23
The Basics

Going "Full Time"

Mac timer mentioned in the lecture: Breaktime

Short Breaks During Study Blocks

Working in the Productive Zone

Things mentioned in the lecture:

Sounds: Coffitivity, Focus@Will

Social Media blocks: Anti-Social, Freedom app, leechblock

Stop Distracting Yourself!

Be Your Own Taskmaster
Concluding Thoughts
2 Lectures 01:54

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A word of thanks

Parting Words
About the Instructor
Danny Zacharias
4.3 Average rating
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3,386 Students
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EduPreneur, Tech Ninja, Bible Geek, Professor, Author

Dr. H. Daniel Zacharias is a professor, speaker, author, tech ninja, and is a full time professor at Acadia University.

Danny is passionate about productivity and utilizing technology effectively. He is a an avid reader on leadership, productivity, and business success. Danny has turned this passion in his life into eBooks for college and university students as well as Udemy courses.

Danny's training and full-time gig is in Biblical studies. He works hard to help people understand the message of the Bible and to teach them to be responsible readers. He is also passionate about utilizing emerging technology in education. This shows in his personal website, where he provides quality multimedia resources for learning Greek, including apps, videos, and songs, as well as his informational blog. Danny is a graduate of Providence College (BA), Acadia University (M.A., MDiv.) and Ph.D. (HTC/Aberdeen). He and his wife, Maria, live in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with their two sons, daughter, and cat.