Thomas Jefferson University

Workshops, Webinars & Other Resources

Adjusting & Improving Learning Strategies

The presentation module below covers material often addressed in orientation or early in the semester. The goal is to help encourage the kind of strategic adjustments that lead to more effective, efficient learning. The focus is on developing strategies for active study and good time management.

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Study Strategies Presentation Series  

The following short presentations focus on topics that frequently come up as part of study strategy consultations. Our office also uses the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) as an opportunity for critical reflection. The presentations below are marked according to relevant LASSI subscales to help any student with a LASSI report identify presentations of interest. We do encourage all students to view each, however; you'll find that the messages complement and supplement one another, and, hopefully, come together to present a practical approach to active and efficient learning.   

Preparing Academic Success Strategies (PASS)

Preparing Academic Success Strategies (PASS) is a program focused on the skills and strategies that will help students adjust to the new learning demands to be expected at Jefferson. 

The topics covered include: strategies for adjusting to remote learning, time management, active and efficient study, exam preparation and test-taking, as well as use of resources available across campus.

The live Zoom session for PASS was held on Friday, August 20th, 2021. The Zoom session included discussion of key ideas and strategies, and advice from upper-year students in Jeff Center City programs.

Please find a link to the slide presentation used in the session below: 

View 2021 Presentation

A recording of the session may be viewed in clips of the following six sections.  

  1. Opening and Introductions
  2. Advice from an Experienced Student 1
  3. Question and Answer Session 1
  4. Study Strategies, Part 1
  5. Advice from an Experienced Student 2 and Q and A Session 2
  6. Study Strategies, Part 2: Time Management, Active Study, Test Prep and Test-Taking, Use of Resources, and Session Wrap-Up

View 2020 Presentation

The recordings from the PASS presentation for last year were recorded on August 21, 2020, and can be viewed in clips of the following five sections.  Contributions from the student panelists appear in the second half of each section.

  1. Introductions
  2. Adjusting to Remote or Online Learning
  3. Time Management Strategies
  4. Adjusting the Study Cycle: Developing Active and Efficient Study Strategies
  5. Test Preparation and Test Taking, Use of Resources, and Final Thoughts

We encourage you to review the other related on-demand materials below; several are referenced in the PASS session. We also encourage you to make an appointment for an individual consultation about study strategies any time.

Academic Support Short Video Series

A collaboration with the Academic Success Center at the East Falls campus, the following three short videos are similarly intended for students new to Jefferson programs.

The following three videos present strategic adjustments we recommend for meeting the demands of challenging programs. Each discusses strategies we consistently promote, but also provides advice for remote learning through online courses.

Please plan to set up an individual appointment with Academic Support to further discuss any of the topics raised in these materials, or to talk one-on-one about specific strategies and practical application to your courses and program.

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Our review of the study cycle provides an opportunity to consider strategies for adjusting each stage of study to improve efficiency and to incorporate elements of active study earlier and more often. 

What follows is an earlier version of a presentation on the Study Cycle. Some of the presentation here echoes material above, but these videos include a detailed discussion of each stage, and each includes both video and transcripts for closer review.  

We also encourage individual consultations to discuss practical decisions you can make to best apply these strategies to your courses. 

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Study Cycle Introduction: Active Study

Stage 1: Previewing & Pre-Reading

Stage 2: Lecture & Note-taking

Stage 3: Processing, Reviewing, Planning

Stage 4: Active Study & Self-Testing

Time Management: Takeaways

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