Study techniques

Getting to know how you do your best work is a part of being a student. What does it take? How much time and effort do I need? What do I need beside my studies to feel good? This page provides information on how to improve your study habits and techniques.

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Table of contents

  1. Get to know your learning style
  2. Curriculum overview
  3. Plan and organize your time 
  4. Get the most out of lectures 
  5. Repetition
  6. Get started!
  7. Prioritize sleep and physical activity
  8. Short courses in study techniques 
  9. Contact 

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Get to know your learning style

Finding those study techniques that works best for you may require some trying and failing. Try to think about when you study most effectively. Is it alone or with others, in silence or with activity around you? Are you more efficient in the morning or the evening? Be aware of distractions like television, phone and social media. 

 Curriculum overview 

Read the learning outcomes for your courses and browse the course materials by looking at the chapter headlines. Read introductory and summary paragraphs.You may also find other sources for insight in the subjects that can result in a better understanding. Try to relate the curriculum to your own interests for increased motivation.  The video has English texting.


Plan and organize your time  

Find a balance between the time you spend on studies and leisure activities. The better the balance, the better the result. The video has English texting.

  • Semester plan: For larger events like dates for examinations, important deadlines and holidays.  
  • Weekly plan: Tasks and projects you need to complete the coming week, like chapter reviews, exercises, smaller projects or repetition. Make the plan specific and realistic, and remember to add breaks and leisure activities. Make a plan each week and assess whether the workload is too high  - or not high enough.  

Get the most out of lectures  

Prepare yourself 10 minutes ahead of lectures to better follow and understand the topics presented. Read the chapter headlines, chapter summary, or go through the lectures notes if available. Take notes of important keywords or questions, and aim to participate in class by asking questions.  


Repetition is a key factor in learning. Make mind maps, and write your own notes and summaries. Engage in discussions with fellow students that can provide greater understanding and new perspectives. Make time for repetition in your weekly schedule. 

Get started!  

Do you have trouble starting? Decide to start with just 10 minutes of work – then you may have the ball rolling! Later on, these 10 minutes may turn into 20, 30 or even longer. However, do remember to give yourself well-deserved breaks. Arrange meetings with fellow students on campus, either for specific tasks or for just getting started.

Prioritize sleep and physical activity

A good night’s sleep, physical activity and healthy food will contribute to increased energy and reduce stress. 

Read more about Student Guidance  

Short courses in study techniques  

NTNU Career arranges course in study techniques. 

The Special Needs Accommodation Service arranges courses in study techniques for students with difficulties in reading and writing. 


In need of more information or counselling, please contact NTNU Career

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