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How to Study Effectively

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Interested to learn about different study strategies and techniques?

To improve your study skills, you must first recognize what strategies you're currently using, and evaluate how well they're working for you. This means that being successful and effective with your study strategies requires prioritization, reflection and a willingness to adapt your strategies as needed

Studying online

Online learning requires the same amount of time and effort as an in-class course.

The perks of taking online courses are numerous. They offer additional flexibility for busy students, especially for those balancing school with work, family, extra-curricular activities, as well as those taking a course from a remote location. Plus, many courses let you work comfortably at your own pace.

If you’ve never taken one before, you may not know what to expect. Studying online requires time management skills and self-direction. It's left on you to take initiative to read and understand the course content, as well as complete any required assessments on your own. 

Tip sheets

Please find below tip sheets for general studying good practices, and studying online. 

General studying tips

Tips to study online

Apps & tech

Disclaimer: TMU and TRSM does not officially endorse the external apps and sites listed here, and may not be held responsible for any technological issues that arise from their use. Please use at your own discretion.


A mind mapping and brainstorming app that helps you visually sort information.


An online Pomodoro timer to help you break your study time into smaller chunks.

Simply Noise

An app that creates white noise and other soundscapes to help you focus on the task at hand.

Woman wearing headphones working at her computer.

TMU Virtual Applications (VApps)

TMU's Virtual Applications (VApps) provide secure access to licensed software applications from anywhere with an Internet connection. By using VApps, you can use applications without having to install them on your computer.

Applications available with VApps:

  • AutoDesk Revit
  • NVivo
  • R for Windows (R-Project)
  • SPSS Statistics
  • SAS Foundation with Enterprise Guide
  • VApps Desktop (Includes: ANSYS, Catia, R for Windows, and more.)

Other campus resources


STRIVE Programming

Academic Accomodations Support (AAS) 

STRIVE programming provides learning strategies and assistive technology support for all students registered with AAS, in a collaborative group setting. 

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Course-specific tip sheets and videos

The PASS office has curated an inventory if tip sheets and vieo resources tailored to many common courses in the TRSM curriculum. This includes Accounting (ACC), Economics (ECN), Finance (FIN), Information Technology (ITM), Law & Business (LAW), Statistics (QMS), and more. 

TMU Grade Calculator

Keep track of your grades and GPA, and track your academic goals using the TMU Grade Calculator. 


College Info Geek

Study Less, Study Smart: A 6-Minute Summary of Marty Lobdell’s Lecture 

The Learnwell Projects

21 Savage Student Learning Tips 

The Learning Scientists

Study Strategies: Interleaving

PASS on YouTube

PASS Coaching Circle: Tests & Memory, Part 1 [start at 9:58]

The Learning Scientists

How to Study Effectively for School or College - Top 6 Science-Based Study Skills

The Learning Scientists

Study Strategies: Spaced Practice


7 Common Misconceptions About Distance Learning

Thomas Frank

Working from Home: How to Plan Your Day

BYU Independent Study

How to Effectively Study with Online Courses