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Strategic Learning (Study Skills)

Effective strategic learning skills that are practiced regularly are necessary for your success in college.  Strategic learning includes study skills like effective textbook reading and notetaking.  But it's more than that.  It also involves the right attitude, focus, and management of time, resources, and self.  It involves keeping your mind and body healthy during challenging times.  Take a look at these many resources to help you enhance your strategic learning.  You can boost your skills and be successful!  


The state of Kentucky requires each freshman to enroll in a subject-specific developmental course if the student’s ACT score in English is below 18, Mathematics is below 19, or Reading is below 20. Entering freshman that need to take a placement test can do so on Monday, August 18 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Testing will take place on the 1st floor in Lowry.  Students who show up by 8:15 may take two tests if needed.  English and Reading placement tests may only be taken one time.  The Math KYOTE test can be taken more than once but must be at least a week apart.

THIS FALL!  COLLEGE 101 – Learn to Study Smarter!  Join facilitator, Dr. Bertus Ferreira – Professor and Director of MSU’s Criminal Justice Program, for a September seminar.  Free to all students.  Click HERE for more information.  Sponsors: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Retention Office, Student Government Association


Time Management (from SARC)

Reading Textbooks (from SARC)

Notetaking (from SARC)

Test Prep (from SARC)

Self-Testing (from SARC)

Test Taking (from SARC)

Memory (from SARC)

Concentration (from SARC)

Coming Soon!  A study skills inventory diagnostic to help students determine areas of improvement.



Goal Setting and Attitude (from SARC)

Email & Classroom Etiquette (from SARC)

Success Quotes - Stay Inspired!

Key to Success? Grit! Video

50 Tips for College Students

21 Tips for College Students


We'll be adding more great content weekly!

TUTORING at Murray State

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Ross Mathematical Studies and Career Center



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Source Citations:

"Learning." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 21 July 2014. <>.

Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) at the University of Central Florida linked with permission.  Permission granted February 14, 2014.

"Strategic." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 21 July 2014. <>.

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