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Student Success 120: Study Skills for College

Course Code: STSU 1120
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Student Success
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

A half-semester course in which useful study skills are demonstrated: listening skills, exam preparation, taking lecture and text notes, time utilization, concentrating and remembering, information analysis, general approaches to study, study techniques and specific subjects, and the writing of themes and course papers.

Course Content

  1. Introduction to purpose and scope of the course, group and individual assessments, individual program planning;
  2. Time utilization – developing a balanced study schedule;
  3. Listening skills – desirable and undesirable listening habits/practice;
  4. Note-taking;
  5. Organized approaches to study reading SQ3R, POPRAD;
  6. Principles of concentration and remembering;
  7. Principles of preparing for and taking examinations;
  8. Developing a cohesive outline for a term paper; some mechanics to consider in writing a term paper (quotes, footnotes, bibliographies);
  9. Basic aspects of library usage.

Methods of Instruction

Course content will be presented through a combined lecture/demonstration/discussion process.

Means of Assessment

Because of the nature of the course, evaluations of student progress will be based on mastery of the core skill sets of the course.  Students will be required to:

  1. satisfactorily complete 5 short written assignments or tests relating to  time scheduling,  listening skills, note taking from lectures and texts, developing concentration and memory skills, and researching and writing  term papers.
  2. attend class regularly and participate actively in class discussions and group work.

Learning Outcomes

The student will become familiar with a variety of study skills for use in the college, including: 

  1. time utilization
  2. listening skills
  3. note-taking (from both lectures and texts)
  4. organized study techniques (SQ3R, POPRAD)
  5. concentration and remembering
  6. exam preparation and exam taking
  7. developing an outline for a term paper
  8. term paper mechanics (footnotes, quotation, bibliographies, etc.)
  9. using the library

Through a variety of informal assessments, and in consultation with the instructor, the student will determine areas of specific concentration in the course.

The student, in consultation with the instructor, will develop an individualized programme which focuses specifically on these areas of concentration.

In relation to the general core content, the student will:

  1. be able to develop a balanced study schedule in relation to his/her individual course load;
  2. be able to listen with a specified purpose, attuned to both content and method clues;
  3. be able to paraphrase and record in his notes the content of a lecture or text an/her own reflections and ideas;
  4. be able to apply various study formulas (SQ3R, POPRAD) to his/her reading;
  5. become familiar with various principles of study (time-spaced learning, immediate and spaced review, mental sets, contracting, formulating objectives, etc.) as aids to improving concentration and remembering;
  6. become familiar with principles of exam preparation and exam taking (sizing up the paper, setting priorities, dealing with subjective and objective exams, developing outlines, reading questions, revising, etc.)
  7. be able to develop a cohesive outline for a term paper;
  8. be able to recognize and use various formats for quoting, footnoting, and developing bibliographies;
  9. be able to recognize and use various basic aspects of the library (card catalogues, indexes, etc.)

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.