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Reaching your academic potential can be challenging, but learning effective habits can make a significant difference. Use these resources to help yourself achieve all you can.

Tips and Tools

Time Management

Tips on planning your quarter, managing procrastination, and setting goals.

Focus and Productivity

Learn to develop a routine, minimize distractions, engage with course material, and improve productivity.

Note-Taking

Learn to take effective lecture notes, actively review your notes, and explore different methods of taking notes.

Reading

Determine your reading mission, explore different reading methods, and understand the challenges and strategies of textbook reading.

Tests and Exams

Learn best practices before a test, strategies to use while taking a test, and how to navigate text anxiety.

Course-Specific Tips

Explore study tips and strategies for many of the courses offered at Stanford.

Take Stock of Your Skills and Learn Some New Ones

The study habits that helped get you here are not necessarily the ones that will help sustain you, and identifying the additional skills you need is not always an intuitive process.

The Academic Skills Self-Assessment is intended to provide new techniques and approaches to try, as well as offer encouragement and reinforcement for the strategies you are already using. After you select which topics you want to explore, the inventory generates comments that are tailored to your responses. It takes about 5-15 minutes to complete.

Take Self-Assessment