Maximizing Your Study Potential Mini-Course

Eye glasses on top of a book suggests a student is trying to maximize their study time.

This mini-course is designed to help you be a more effective student by overcoming barriers to getting your academic work done. Here you will learn about the three barriers to success and techniques to avoid them. The best way to take this course is to do the assignments in order. Many of the assignments are short 2-minute videos that you can watch. Below each video is a transcript that you can review. At the end of each assignment there is a short self-administered quiz. You can take the quiz as many times as you like until you answer all the questions correctly. At the end of the course, there is a link to a survey that asks about your experience.

This course is organized as eight modules that provides background on psychological barriers and offers five strategies for overcoming them. Each module includes a short video and self-administered quiz. Our research shows that most students find these strategies helpful in pursuing academic success.

It works best to complete the modules in order. Click the BEGIN button below to start. Below that the Mini-Course Directory provides links for you to return to any module.

Mini-Course Directory

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: What is Action-State Orientation

Module 3: Harnessing the Power of Mini-Goals

Module 4: Avoiding Distractions

Module 5: Spacing Your Learning

Module 6: Structuring Your Time

Module 7: Involving Friends

Module 8: Wrap-Up

Note: This course was created by Professor Paul E. Spector. The effort was funded by a RED grant from the National Science Foundation, Award No. 2022299, Chris Ferekides, PI. Photo by Pixabay