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Lesson 5: The Importance of Study Skills

You are a successful student more than likely because you have good study skills. Because the vast majority of your clients do not have good study skills, they are asking for tutorial help in your discipline. Therefore, part of your job is to teach the study skills needed for success in your discipline. This requires that you assess their needs in this area. For example, a student who is always late for your tutoring session probably needs to learn some time management skills. Ask students to bring their class notes so you can see if they might benefit from some note taking tips. Reviewing their tests with them can help you see if they need some instruction on test taking skills.   

Students usually request tutorial assistance because they have poor grades, which may be a direct result of their poor study habits. You are a resource for these students. They are much more likely to come to you for help than to me in the Academic Support Center. You will provide a valuable service to these students by giving them direction and encouragement in developing good study skills. 

The Web is full of great sites for study skills. Look for sites for your discipline. Below are some web resources that you can use in helping students with study skills in your discipline: 

Study Skills Websites

Go to the Academic Support Center Tutorial Services Website and review the available resources. You may want to refer your clients to this site.  

Complete Assignment Five

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