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The resources listed on this page are found within the Effective U tutorials. They are listed here for quick access. 

5+5 Review Method

The “5 + 5” review method is an easy way to add 10 minutes of review time to your day.

Acronyms and Definitions

BTW acronyms are a great way to shorten words, but only if the other person knows the definition. Check out our list of common University acronyms, terms, and definitions.

Assertive Communication

Consider trying some of these suggestions to help you communicate effectively and get what you need.

Attending Lecture

It’s unrealistic to expect that everyone attends every lecture. However, it is important to think about why you might not go to class, and how you’re going to make up for what you miss.

Boost Your Reading Skills

Reading a college textbook effectively takes practice and should be approached differently than reading a novel, or website. Consider these tips to make the most of your reading time.

Class Participation

Participating in class can help you remember material better, develop communication skills, and increase comprehension. Try some of these suggestions to help you feel more comfortable speaking during class!

Curve of Forgetting

If we do not review and revisit the material, it leaves our memory very quickly. In the first 24 hours alone we forget about 30% of what we learned. 

Daily Study Practice

Do you ever feel like your study habits simply aren’t cutting it? Are you wondering how to do better on exams? Studying daily is important, even if it’s just a small part of your day!

Disappointing Grade

Not getting the grade you hoped for is stressful, disappointing, and frustrating. When planning your next step, here are a few things to consider.

Instructor Emails

Making a good impression via email is important. Here are a few ideas to help you craft emails to your instructor.

Instructor Office Hours

Office hours are your time to meet with your instructors to ask questions, get & share feedback, learn about opportunities, make connections & more. Here are a few things to consider before setting up an appointment.


The ability to effectively multitask is the exception, not the rule. Very few people can successfully multitask. 

Pomodoro Technique

A time management method that alternates work sessions with breaks. The technique's creator, Francesco Cirillo, used a tomato (pomodoro) shaped timer to manage his time.

Relaxation Tips

Finding ways to relax can help you improve your ability to focus and remember information. Try a few of these techniques to help you take a quick mental break from your studies, or ease your stress level. 

Repeating a Class

Repeating a course isn't that uncommon. There are numerous challenges including: medical and mental health issues, personal concerns, time management challenges, university adjustment difficulties, not realizing you should have dropped the course, etc. that can play a role in how successful you are in a class.

Returned Exams

You can learn a lot from your past exams, and they can help you be more prepared for your next exam. Use these tips to analyze and learn from past exams.


SMART goals are effective because they are designed to be realistic. When a goal is realistic, it is more likely that you will complete the goal. SMART goals are also designed to be measurable so you will know when you have completed them, and then can acknowledge your accomplishment.

Sq3R Study Method

Survey Question Read Recite Review (SQ3R) is a study approach that you can try to help you take an active and efficient approach to reading textbook material.

Study Group Activities

Studying with a group or a classmate, can be an effective study method. Providing structure to the study time can make the session even better.

Test Anxiety

Knowing what makes you anxious and developing habits to cope are extremely important. If tests are something that cause anxiety for you, recognize the signs and find ways that help you manage it. 

Test Relaxation

Feeling anxious is not uncommon in testing situations. These feelings can range from general nervousness, to forgetfulness, and more. To help you manage the feelings you might have during a test, consider these suggestions.

Test Taking Strategies

When preparing for a test, it can be helpful to consider strategies for specific types of questions. Here are a few suggestions to consider when preparing for an upcoming test.

Test Yourself

Need a new study technique? Try testing yourself - it is an effective way to retain information and helps you find what topics require further study.