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Undergraduate Students

Study Skills

Would you like to manage your time better? Prepare for tests more effectively? Take better notes? Feel less stressed about keeping up with your homework? Our study skills consultants are here to help! 

There are four main ways to get study skills help:

One-On-One Study Skills Support

Our confidential study skills support offers you individual discussions with a consultant who will help you improve your academic performance and efficiency. Your consultant will meet with you, discuss your concerns, and help you discover learning techniques that will enable you to enhance your overall academic performance.

All appointments with study skills consultants are free, and you may meet with them for a one-time troubleshooting session or on a regular basis during the fall and spring semesters. You can make an appointment by calling (585-275-9049), emailing, or stopping by the CETL office.

All three study skills consultants have experience working with a diverse group of students who seek to meet the demands of time management, organization, exam preparation and more.  Meet our consultants:

Ali Safivand
Ali Safivand
Ali Safivand has experience teaching and consulting with undergraduate students abroad and here at the U of R for many years. Before coming to Rochester in 2012, he was full-time faculty in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) abroad. Ali has been working as a Study Skills Consultant and instructor at CETL since 2014. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the Warner School of Education and Human Development in Teaching and Curriculum working on his dissertation.
Weijia Li
Weijia Li
Weijia is a third-year doctoral student in Teaching and Curriculum at the Warner School of Education. Prior to coming to Warner, Weijia was a Lecturer in ESL at several colleges in NJ including Rutgers and Bergen County College. She also received Master Degrees from both Rutgers and The College of New Jersey. Before coming to the U.S., she received her B.A. in English from Hunan University in China. 

Ashely Joseph Study Skills Consultant
Ashley Joseph

Ashley is a second-year Materials Science Master’s student at the Hajim school of engineering and applied sciences. She is from Brooklyn, New York and, prior to her time at the U of R, she attended and received her B.A. in Chemistry from SUNY Geneseo. At Geneseo, she participated in several student services within the department of Chemistry, AOP (access opportunity program), and Residential Life. Currently she is working towards her thesis with the Matson group and is also a Chemistry Study Group Leader with the Kearns Center.

Study Skills Course - CAS 142: Methods of Inquiry

In addition to individual sessions, study skills consultants teach CAS 142: Methods of Inquiry, each semester. This course focuses on issues that are relevant to learning effectively, such as time management, stress, test-taking strategies, and motivation.

This is a workshop-style class in which students are required to submit a number of short assignments and a short final essay. Students will also be asked to give an in-class presentation at the end of the course.

Spring 2020 CAS 142: Methods of Inquiry

  • CRN 15971 (2:00 - 3:15pm on Friday's, Jan 17 - April 3) 
  • CRN 15985 (4:50 - 6:05pm on Thursday's, Feb 13 - April 30)
  • CRN 15992 (4:50 - 6:05pm on Monday's, Feb 3 - April 20)

For more information about the course, please visit our office in Dewey 1-154, call (585) 275-9049, or email us!

Request a Workshop 

Our Study Skills Consulting team works with groups on campus to run workshops for students regarding test taking anxiety, study skills preparation, and time managment.  To submit your workshop request please fill out CETL Study Skills Workshop Request Form and either email or drop it off to the CETL main office (Dewey Hall 1-154). A Study Skills Consultant will reach out to you to set up a Pre-Workshop meeting with you (as the workshop requester) to discuss the format of your workshop and solidify a day and time with regard to your request.

Study Skills Printable Resources

These worksheets are a small sample of the many different resources we can provide you during an appointment.  Please make an appointment to review these worksheets and learn how to use them most effectively. 

Study Resources

Time Management Worksheets