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Academic Study Skills

This guide can assist you to increase your understanding of course material, improve your marks, and make learning a little less stressful. Here you will find strategies for time management, reading and note-taking, study skills, and test-taking.


When we have many tasks to complete, we need to make a list in order to get organized. How do we know which task belongs at the top of the list? Prioritizing your tasks will help you figure out which task needs to be done first and which task can wait until later.

Why should you prioritize your tasks? So that you can:

  • Use your time more efficiently.
  • Reduce procrastination.
  • Meet your deadlines.

Use this Priorities Worksheet from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to identify which tasks you must do, which tasks you should do, and what tasks you could do.

Prioritizing Tasks

Look at this slideshow to understand how to use a Prioritization Values Matrix to decide which tasks need to get completed first.

NOTE: If you are using screen reading software and you have problems with the H5P presentation, please contact for assistance.