Successful studies

For you to successfully complete your studies, it is important that you are aware of your study technique and if there is anything you need to adjust.

A good study technique usually involves different things. For example, it can be about planning, acquiring good study habits, being able to motivate oneself when things are difficult, and understanding what is required to really learn something. Here are some tips to get started.

Eight habits that can help you learn!

  1. Plan your learning. First, create an overview schedule of the entire course. Then you can create weekly schedules where each day is divided into two-hour sessions.
  2. Preparation. Always prepare yourself ahead of lectures, labs, and when you are planning to study so that you have an idea of what it's about.
  3. Set concrete goals. Set goals for WHAT you need to learn - start to understand when you must study for example, instead of how many pages.
  4. Edit your notes. Do it as soon as possible after a lecture or when you have finished studying. That's how you make the knowledge your own.
  5. Cooperate. We often learn best when we get to discuss something with others, so why not schedule joint study sessions?
  6. Continue! Learning something you don't know yet is exhausting, and sometimes we want to give up. Make it a habit to keep going anyway.
  7. Get enough sleep. A tired brain has difficulty thinking and turning information into knowledge.
  8. Remove anything that will distract you. So that we can learn, we must wholeheartedly focus on what we are doing, and that which we must learn. Put your mobile phone in another room.

Wednesdays for Writing

Do you have any questions about academic writing? Come and meet us on Wednesday afternoons! Every Wednesday, except during holidays or weekends, we offer supervision in academic reading and writing. Every other week we have drop-in sessions, and every other week you can make an appointment.

Self-study course in study technique

If you want to know more about what you are expected to learn as a student and get really good at study technique, there is a self-study course.

Academic writing

Here you can find some free and useful links are listed, that will help you work independently on your writing.

Support with information retrieval, source criticism, and reference management

At the University Library, you can always get guidance in self-help with information retrieval, evaluating sources, reference management and reference management programmes. In the first place, you are welcome to a drop-in onsite or on Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 to 13:00.


If you have any questions, please contact Student Centre.

E-mail: studenttorget@mdu.se
Telephone number: 021-10 13 10