Category: Study Tips

Study tips for Mid-Terms

By , March 4, 2014 9:17 am

study groupsHello fellow UMKC students. I am Kathleen Ramo, a Bachelor of Health Sciences student in the School of Nursing here at the university. As mid-terms approach I would like to share some study tips that I find useful. Before you get started it’s helpful to find out what your learning style is so your time is used effectively. There are many short quizzes online! To find out your learning style click here: Below are some tips I find useful and I hope they are helpful for you as well! Good luck on your mid-terms!

  • Give yourself plenty of time with the amount of material you have to study for.
  • Take a short break when things no longer start to make sense. When you go back to the question after a short break you may find you know the answer with a clear head.
  • Don’t pull “all nighters”. It always ends in regret and your brain doesn’t function at its full capacity without sleep.
  • Eat! Don’t skip meals to cram for exams. Your body needs energy to focus.
  • Ask questions. If something doesn’t make sense don’t hesitate to e-mail your professor or another student. Material that you may not understand maybe someone else can lend helpful hints
  • Study without distractions. Yes, this means turning off your cell phone if you have to and shutting your computer down. You know how tempting social media is.
  • Make “to-do” lists for each class you need to study for and put time frames on each item.
  • Focus on one task at a time. During mid-terms your list of “to-dos” grows and can get quite overwhelming. Cross one thing off at a time so you feel accomplished.
  • Use tables and/or diagrams; draw pictures, use arrows and label. 
  • Make flash cards for key terms.
  • Have someone else quiz you after you are confident with the material. Any questions you cannot answer confidently is material you should go back over.
  • Be organized
  • Highlight and/or use different colored writing materials.
  • Drink plenty of water!
  • Be prepared for your exam. The night before make sure you have everything you need ready to go. No one needs the extra stress of lost car keys the morning of an exam.
  • Details, Details, Details!

Study Tips for classes with a study guide:

  1. Handwrite the questions and the answers. This helps to retain the question and the answer as a whole.
  2. If you prepare you study guide in advance don’t just fill it out and set it aside, go over it! Multiple times!
  3. If you prefer to work in groups make sure you discuss solutions to the answers because just writing down answers does not help with information retention. Always write your own answers after group discussion so each person is learning and working.
  4. Highlight and use different colored writing materials for each chapter or question on the study guide. This helps when you are going back over your study guide so you understand what you’ve written and what material coincides.
  5. If your instructor has prepared lecture notes, use them to help fill out your study guide. If they have taken the time to prepare notes it’s probably important to them.
  6. Watch for reoccurring themes throughout the material. If it appears more than once it’s probably important.

Ready for Finals?

By , November 12, 2013 4:36 pm

study groupsSo here’s the countdown:  this week, next week, Thanksgiving break, first week of December, finals week…are you ready??

Are you starting to stress about the end of the semester?  A little stress is good, but here are some simple suggestions that will make a world of difference in managing the stress of these last few weeks!

First, make sure you are getting plenty of sleep.  All-nighters are really not that productive, and in fact can make your memory even worse by focusing too much on the immediate and not enough on long-term retention.  Instead, set aside time each day to review your notes, read a chapter or two, and take time to absorb the material.  Studying with a friend will make the time go faster and you can help each other out by explaining key concepts.  There are great group-study spaces at Miller Nichols Library–and you’ll be close to any resource you might need!

Don’t forget to make some time for yourself–go for a walk or run at Swinney, go to a museum, or go out to dinner with friends.  College is all about balance, and that includes making time to put the focus on you and your mental health.  Sometimes, you just need a break–try meditating or any deep-breathing relaxation techniques.  To get you started, you can check out some of the online resources available on the Counseling Center’s website.  There are also some great free apps for iPad and iPhone that can help.  The MindBody Connection in the Student Success Center can also help you work in some balance and stress relief.

You too can reduce your stress levels!   By taking care of yourself–mentally and physically–and looking at all projects and papers as smaller parts of a puzzle, these next few weeks will breeze by and you will be well-prepared and ready for the final paper, presentation, or exam.

Create your virtual bookshelf for Journals on iPad or Android tablet

By , September 9, 2013 11:15 am

BrowZineBrowZine lets you turn Android tablets and iPads into a virtual bookshelf for journals.

BrowZine is the easy way to stay current with the journals you read most.

BrowZine lets you:

  • Read scholarly journals in a format that is optimized for tablets.
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.
  • Be alerted when new issues of a journal are available.
  • Bookmark articles for reading later.
  • Easily save to Zotero, Dropbox, or Mendeley.

Watch this video demo to see BrowZine in action.

To get started, download BrowZine for Android* from the Google Play, for Kindle Fire from Amazon, or for iPad from the iTunes AppStore. The first time you use it select “University of Missouri – Kansas City” in the list of institutions, then enter your UMKC username and password. After that you will remain logged in on your device.

Not all of the library’s journals are currently available, but the developer is working with publishers to add content. Check the list of participating publishers often if you are looking for a particular journal.

BrowZine is brought to you by the UMKC Libraries. You can visit the Libraries’ BrowZine web page or contact the Libraries for more information.

*Browzine is compatible with Android version 4.0 and later.

Research Assistance — Workshops at the Library

By , September 4, 2013 3:57 pm


UMKC Libraries provide free workshops geared to students seeking help using library services and resources. Workshops are single, 60 minute sessions, typically comprised of 5-10 students. Preregistration is required.

Workshops are open to all UMKC students and include:

Library Basics – Did you know you can reserve a room for group study?  Text or chat with a librarian?  Do research and read articles and books from your dorm or apartment in your fuzzy slippers at 3:00 AM?  Come learn about these services and more, and take a short library tour!

Library Research – Is your paper due?  Learn how to select and narrow your topic, develop a search strategy, and save time by using the library efficiently and effectively!

Managing and Formatting Citations – Two separate workshops, for Zotero or EndNote Web users, teach you how to begin using these tools.  Import, organize, and manage references.  Create a bibliography, change style formats, and learn how to incorporate citations into your paper!

Microsoft Office – Ask Gloria – Gloria provides individualized, one-on-one instruction helping you to use MS Office programs effectively.  Workshops include:

  • MS Word
  • MS PowerPoint
  • MS Excel

Workshops especially for graduate students include:

How to Write a Literature Review – You may never have written a literature review.  This session gets you ready to succeed!

How to Do a Poster Presentation – Learn the elements of effective presentation and be ready for your first conference poster session!

Using WorldCat to Expand Your Research – Find resources beyond UMKC Libraries using this important research tool, and learn how to access them!

Conducting Interdisciplinary Research – Literature searching across multiple fields can be daunting. Let us help you get started!

Multiple sessions of each workshop will be offered throughout the term.  For workshop dates, locations, and to preregister visit the Research Workshops page.  For more information, contact UMKC Librarian Gloria Tibbs or 816-235-1540.

Student Success Seminars Fall 2013 Schedule

By , August 20, 2013 9:13 am

DestinationGraduationClick on the link below to check out the fall schedule for Student Success Seminars…part of your Destination: Graduation!







Start–and stay–organized

By , August 19, 2013 3:08 pm

studyingStart the new semester off right!  There are two crucial tools that can help you stay on track and keep up with your coursework:  the class syllabus and a daily planner.

When you get your syllabus, read through it carefully.  This is essentially your contract for the course.  It contains a ton of important details about each class—including your professor’s office hours and contact information if you have any questions, required and suggested readings, classroom expectations, grading policies, Supplemental Instruction information (if offered with your class), and what happens if you miss an exam or a class session.  Not to mention course assignment due dates and when the exams are scheduled!  Keep all course materials, including the syllabus, in a binder so you know right where they are.

A daily planner (whether in Outlook, on your iPad, or a spiral notebook) is your next most important tool–it will help you visually and physically keep track of all your commitments.  First, mark all your class periods each week.  Note all the important dates from each syllabus—homework assignments, readings, and exams.  Fill in time to study—a good guideline is two hours studying for every hour you spend in class.  This time can be used to read the materials and review your notes, or meet with a group to discuss concepts from the lectures.  If your class has Supplemental Instruction, mark those times in your planner and then GO to the sessions!  Your planner can also help you stay on track for major projects by creating a personalized timeline—break each project into smaller chunks and assign a due-date to each part.

Next, be sure to set aside mealtimes and breaks, such as time to workout or just relax (it sounds silly—but you can’t forget to take care of yourself!).  Keep an eye out for flyers around campus advertising student organizations or events that may interest you—and put those in your planner, too.

Using these tools—the syllabus and a planner—can help you be more prepared and less stressed as you approach the end of the semester.  Making a plan for your time—and following it!—will pay off when you are ready for the final exam and you have your final project completed on time.

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