Success in college requires study skills that are different from those you used in high school. You’ll need to be more independent, focused, and efficient with your time. We’re here to help!
The resources below will help you with:
- Note taking
- Exam prep
Success Toolkit Series
Join staff from Student Success to discover your strengths, learn about strategies, tools and resources, and reflect on your personal toolkit for success. Check out the schedule and session topics.
Remote Learning Resources
Online courses require organization and self-motivation skills. Get the most out of your online experience with remote learning resources.
You will be assigned a lot of independent reading and need to develop routines to keep yourself on track. Get the Success@UMass Guide to Reading Strategies.
Learning how to study efficiently will save you lots of time and energy, and improve your retention of materials. Get the Success@UMass Guide to The Study Cycle.
Note Taking Strategies
Need to up your game on taking effective notes? Get the Success@UMass Guide to Note Taking Strategies.
What should I do if I’m struggling in a course?
Your instructors and TAs are there to help. Contact them directly for assistance with a course. If they have open office hours, stop by and explain what’s going on.
Where can I get tutoring?
Many courses at UMass offer academic support beyond the classroom, called Supplemental Instruction. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) has a team of tutors, supplemental instruction leaders, and ExSEL (group tutoring) student leaders, who are trained to assist you with facing academic challenges.
I need to improve my writing. Where do I go for help?
The Writing Center is the best place to go for writing help. Tutors will help you in all stages of the writing process and help you strengthen your skills.
How do I get help in a math or statistics class?
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers tutoring for many of their courses.
I’m supposed to pick a research topic and write a paper. How do I get started?
You can work with a reference librarian or specialist in a subject area to help guide your research. They will also help you utilize the UMass libraries resources. Schedule a research consultation to learn more.