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Studying Effectively

Studying is an important part in succeeding academically. In order to do well in class, it’s not enough to just study hard—you need to study well. Here are a few things you can do to make the most of your studying.

  • Talk to your instructors and TAs and ask them for strategies that will help you understand the material and study the subject. They might also know if the department has additional academic support services that can help you succeed.
  • Join a study group, or form one of your own: Forming a study group is easy! Check out this guide for more information.
  • Take a course to improve your study skills: You might want to consider signing up for LRC 105 or an IHU course (academic course with a “Y section”) next semester. These courses are great for students who want to improve their study skills or want to learn more about the resources on campus. In the meantime, check out this list of study skill resources to get the most out of your studying.
  • Get tutoring: Tutors can help explain and reinforce concepts that you learned in class. UMBC has many different resources for free tutoring:

Academic Success Center: Main office in Sherman Hall, Room 345– Appointment tutoring for 100 level, 200 level, and 300 level courses and study skills consultations.

Math and Science Tutoring Center: Albin O. Kuhn Library First floor– walk-in tutoring for Math, Statistics, Chemistry, and Physics.

The Writing Center: Albin O. Kuhn Library First floor– in person and online writing tutoring for any written assignments.

SI/PASS: Peer assisted study sessions for select courses.

Biological Sciences Tutorial Center: Biological Sciences Room 011– walk-in and appointment biology tutoring.

Chemistry Tutorial Center, Meyerhoff Building Room 145: small group Chemistry tutoring.

Physics Tutorial Center, Physics Building Room 226A: small group Chemistry tutoring.