Books on Study Skills

NOTE: All these books are available at U of T libraries. To find the location of a book, use the “search” functions of the online U of T Library catalogue.

Cottrell, Stella. The exam skills handbook : achieving peak performance.
Offers good general advice about exam-taking strategy while recognizing that what works best depends on the individual. 

Elbow, Peter. Writing With Power.
Shows how to overcome writer’s block and gain confidence.

Fleet, Joan. Learning for Success; Skills and Strategies for Canadian Students.
Basic and sensible advice for beginning university students.

Hay, Iain, Dianne Bochner, Carol Dungey, and Nellie Perret. Making the Grade: A Guide to Study and Success.
This comprehensive guide offers excellent advice for building core study skills.

Klauser, Henriette. Writing on Both Sides of the Brain: Breakthrough Techniques for People Who Write.
Ideas about using creativity to overcome writer’s block and gain confidence.

Lieb, Anthony. Speaking for Success.
A practical Canadian book giving advice on various kinds of student and workplace oral presentations.

O’Day, Danton. How to Succeed at University.
Practical advice from a U. of T. professor based on his experience of overcoming bad study habits.

Pauk, Walter. How to Study in College.
Solid advice, explanations, and exercises on organizing time, reading, taking notes, and writing.

Taylor, Catherine. Making Your Mark: Learning to Do Well on Exams.
A sensible small book from Trent University on studying and strategies for exam-writing.