Academic Success Skills

Through a variety of workshops and structured study sessions, the CLC can help you get on the path to academic success. Students will learn to set goals, use their time more efficiently, and become better learners. Additionally, students will expand their range of study strategies and learn to analyze course content and assessments in order not just to improve grades, but also to heighten understanding, intellectual development, and long term retention. We don’t teach one-size-fits-all study skills -- we try to teach the best ways to learn using a variety of examples from a wide range of disciplines.

We can also provide workshops tailored for specific classes, programs, and events. If you would like to arrange such an event for your class or organization, please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you!

We’re frequently updating and adding to the types of skills and strategies we offer support for. If you’re looking for something that isn’t listed here, reach out to us and we will work with you! You can call us at (517)355-2363 or send us an email at clc@msu.edu.

  • Time Management & Organization
    • Planning your week, including time to review your lecture material
    • Prioritizing
    • Building a balanced schedule
    • Tools for planning, time tracking, prioritization, and productivity
    • Overcoming procrastination
  • Study Strategies
    • Varieties of techniques that you can apply to a wide range of subjects
    • How to take better notes
    • Moving beyond memorizing into deeper understanding
    • Efficiently using study guides
    • Learning from wrong answers
    • Preparing for finals
  • Reading Strategies
    • Coping with heavy reading loads
    • Reading to suit your purpose
    • Annotating text for more learning in less time
    • Analyzing your reading for the most effective approach
  • Workshops - Hour-long interactive sessions focused on a range of time management topics, effective reading strategies,  and evidence-based learning strategies.
  • Mini-workshops - These cover many of the same topics as the full workshops, but in smaller bites. 
  • Study Tables - Informal spaces where you can study on your own, with friends, or seek help from our Undergraduate Educators (UEs) - advanced students in the social and natural sciences with training in how learning works. Bring your texts and notes and get targeted advice from UEs on how best to study in the courses you are currently taking. 

To get the most out of our services, we urge students to come to our full or mini workshops and put what they learn into practice. Then, follow up by coming to our study tables where you can get help applying the general strategies to your own academic goals.