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Your level of concentration depends on a variety of factors that include your enthusiasm, your ability to understand and progress through your course materials your mental and physical state as well as the environment that you are studying in.


  • Do you have difficulties preparing for tests and exams that require you to memorize a lot of materials?
  • Do you want to learn how to memorize facts, figures, and information with greater ease?

Discover how the brain works in the memorization process.

Stress management

  • Do you have difficulty concentrating or controlling your thoughts?
  • Do you feel tired or groggy most of the day, yet often have trouble sleeping at night?
  • Do you get frequent headaches, stomach aches or backaches that don’t have a medical explanation?

You are potentially stressed out!

Time management

  • Do you find yourself wishing for more free time?
  • Do you always feel busy, miss meals and sleep?
  • Do you forget the dates of your tests and assignments?
  • Do you often put off starting an assignment and find something “better” to do?

If you want to increase your productivity, improve your concentration and actually see the benefits of having more free time, learn how to manage your time!

Note taking

  • Do you have difficulty listening to the professor while taking class notes?
  • Do you have difficulty reading or making sense of your notes after you’ve written them?
  • Do you find it challenging to stay focused in class?
  • Do you catch yourself daydreaming or “blanking out” during lectures?
  • Have you ever left at the end of a lecture and could not remember what the lecture was actually about?

Good note taking is the key to studying. Writing clear and organized notes can lead to fewer headaches during the study periods and exams. It increases the amount of information you learn in class and results in less time spend studying.


The Academic Writing Help Centre (AWHC) is a free service offered by the University of Ottawa designed to help students develop their ability in writing academic papers. You can consult their documents available online or make your way to the centre if you wish to meet with an advisor.

Writing instructions

This "Writing the Paper" guide presents an overall view of writing academic papers and aims to guide you while you are in the process of writing. The various topics that were identified, even through the experience of other students, are topics that deserve special attention.

References and Bibliography

To avoid plagiarism, it is imperative to cite all sources used and to include them in the bibliography, according to the given instructions.


Teamwork encompasses various reflections and opinions that are difficult to obtain while working alone.  Although teamwork can be challenging at time, it tends to encourage the members of the group to express new ideas and direct their project or assignment in the right direction.


  • Do you have difficulty starting your work?
  • Do you achieve set objectives?
  • Do your marks disappoint you and do you have difficulty improving them?

Here are certain tools that can help you with your motivation.


  • Are you anxious and stressed out before and during the exam period?

Add tricks and advice given for the exam period to your strategies that help you manage your stress throughout the school year in order to overcome the exam period with confidence and hopefully success!