Study Partner Matching is HERE for Spring 2023!

LSC can help match you with study partners for your Spring 2023 classes!

Why have so many students signed up for a study partner? Because they know that studying with peers is an effective way to learn complex and challenging material and helps them connect with each other. They are also really helpful if you need to miss class! Are you ready to sign up for a study partner?

**Click here to visit our “Find Study Partners” page.**

Do study partners and study groups work? YES! Take a look at what your peers had to say about…

… connecting with other students:

  • “I was so grateful to actually meet someone in my asynchronous class! Now more than ever, this one personal connection to the school was so important to keep me motivated and present.”
  • “The LSC study partner matching is very helpful especially if you are more introverted during this period where classes are mostly online.”
  • “It was helpful to just have a support system with another student especially in a course with such limited student interaction by default.”

… learning complex and challenging material:

  • “I learned a lot from just talking, seeing a different perspective in the class and building my own understanding on the topics.”
  • “We were able to go over homework and things together, so it was very helpful to have two perspectives to reference.”
  • “It helped me gauge how in depth I was supposed to know the material for my class, and it helps a lot to work together when you get stuck.”

Study partners are just one way for you get help in your courses when you need it. Check out some other academic support resources here.

Welcome Back! Ideas for Continuing Students to Start Spring ’23 Strong

Welcome back! The LSC is looking forward to continuing to work with you this spring. As you start the semester, what are some things you should think about to get started strong?

Think about what went well and what might change from last semester

Take some time to reflect on how your previous semester went.  Find some time to think about the following questions:

  1. What went well?  Think about what you did that was helpful to your success.  This is important so you can continue to use and adapt those strategies moving forward.
  2. What might you have done differently?  Is there anything you’d like to try differently this time around?  Tweak and adjust?  What is your plan to make the hard parts easier this time?
  3. Final thoughts – take a big picture look at how things went.  Celebrate your successes and identify your areas for growth.  There will always be opportunities to work smarter, not harder.

If you haven’t done the LSC’s Canvas module on “Gearing Up for a New Semester“, now is a great time to self-enroll and refine your plan for success this spring!

Develop a system to manage your time

Regardless of how your classes are offered, time management is probably the number one thing that current and former Cornell students say is the key to success. So, how do you develop a plan to manage your time?

  • Create and maintain a schedule (link takes you to our self-enroll Canvas site): Even though it is hard, it is important to create and maintain a schedule – if you can create dedicated work time in your calendar (and stick to it), then you can maintain time for other important activities, like socializing (you need to connect and get to know students!), eating and sleeping. Takeaway: Use a calendar! Consider using semester calendars to map out big due dates and important events and weekly planner to map out how you will spend your time in a week.
  • SLEEP! This has its own bullet because it is so important. Build it into your schedule – there is a lot of research the sleep is important for long-term learning and your health. Note that cramming is not effective for long-term learning.
  • Do you procrastinate? Not surprisingly, you are not alone! Find out more about how to break the cycle of procrastination – click here now before you go fold your laundry!
  • Develop a plan for unplanned events! This may sound odd (how can you plan for something you don’t know about?), but it’s not uncommon to get sick or have something happen or come up that would keep you out of class. Develop a plan for if you need to miss class before you need it!

Work smarter, not harder!

Get help when (not if) you need it!

AND successful students ask for help when they need it! So, where do you get help? Check out our post on “Where to get help when you need it!” for some ideas.

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Hear it from your peers! Check out successful students’ top 10 recommendations for starting strong!

Successful students ask for help when they need it!

At the LSC, you will often hear us say, “Successful students ask for help when they need it!”. This advice actually came from our student tutors. When we asked them what they would want to share with new students, this was the most common response.

So, you might be wondering, where DO I get help if when I need it?

Where can you get help?

Visit office hours with your course instructor or TA (Teaching Assistant). Office hours are times for you to come and ask questions – they are usually held at a variety of times. Instructors and TAs are there to help you learn, so visit office hours and take a look at how you can best use them! (New to Cornell? – check out our Quizlet of Cornell lingo!)

Look for LSC tutoring and LSC Supplemental Courses, which are available as a supplement to some challenging introductory courses and give additional problem-solving practice. Check out the LSC webpage for what courses are supported. All courses and tutoring offered by the LSC are available at NO COST to you!

Find a study group or study partner. Not only are study partners a great way to network and connect with your peers, studying together is a powerful tool for learning:

  • Other students may have questions you didn’t even know you have.
  • Setting a regular time and place to study can help with procrastination.
  • Explaining material to other students is a well-established method of solidifying your own knowledge.
  • Working with classmates from a variety of background helps you gain insights and experience perspectives you might not otherwise have access to.

group working at a tableFinding people to study with can be challenging (even when you are taking in-person classes), and Cornell’s Learning Strategies Center (LSC) helps match you with study partners. To find out more about study groups and partners and to sign-up for study partners for class you are in, visit the LSC’s Studying Together webpage.

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Talk to your Advisor. Every college is different in terms of how advising works, but they all have staff who are there to help! College advisors provide information on where to get support while you are here and they can advise you on the courses you need to/should take.

Look at study tips and strategies offered by the LSC. Help with study strategies and time management can be just as important as help with content. Sometimes tweaking your current study strategies or trying new ones can help you save time and learn material better. Check out the LSC resources on how to study, managing time and stress, and learning online.

There are many place to get help! Your friends, residential staff, and family are great resources. Check out non-LSC academic resources and other campus support offices.

As you already know, it won’t always be easy, but you can do it!

Cornell WILL push you and it WILL be hard sometimes (that’s how we get better and learn). Remember, you have the tools and the resources – maybe you need to tweak them, maybe you need to try something new, but you have what you need, and you have a community of support (your peers, your instructors, your advisors, residential staff, and many others) here to help.

It’s easier to keep up than catch up, so make sure you get help when you need it. Have a great semester!

Use syllabus week to establish your plan for the semester. Go through your syllabi and put the dates of prelims, essays, and projects in your calendar. Include important extracurriculars. Make a weekly schedule with classes, office hours, when to do homework, study, workout, etc. Spend time studying the first couple of weeks so the first wave of prelims doesn’t just hit you. Practice good self-care: sleep well, eat well, workout. Review your notes everyday. Keep your room clean and organized. Find study habits that work for you – try self-testing. Go to office hours and ask questions. Set a routine and stick to it!

Gearing Up for a New Semester – Spring 2023!

In the whirlwind of gearing up for the start of the new semester, it’s important to make time to reflect on last semester. What academic accomplishments are you proud of? What advice about your academics would you give yourself, knowing what you know now? The Learning Strategies Center is here to help you identify strategies you used last semester that will help you continue to be successful academically, identify what you might want to change to be more successful, and develop or refine a plan for academic success.

How can YOU get ready for and start the semester strong?

1. Explore the LSC’s “Gearing Up for a New Semester” Canvas module!

The Canvas module will help you:

  • Identify strategies you used last semester that will help you continue to be successful academically.
  • Identify what you might want to change to be more successful.
  • Develop or refine a plan for academic success.

If you are already enrolled in the LSC Study Skills Canvas site, click here to go directly to module. If you are not already enrolled in our LSC Canvas site, you can self-enroll to access study skills modules by clicking here. (Cornell students, faculty, and staff only).

2. Register for other opportunities to gear up for and start the spring strong!

For Families: Remote Learning

Parents and Guardians: How to help your college students while they learn from home during COVID-19

Cornell students did an amazing job and made a Fall 2020 on-campus experience possible. Please congratulate your student for all they have accomplished! Now it’s time to transition to remote learning.

Cornell’s Learning Strategies Center is here to help students think through steps they can take to learn effectively. You can see these resources at It is important to work with students who are learning at home to create appropriate space, physical, temporal, and emotional, for them to be successful.

Here are some things your student could use your help with:

Physical Space Needs

Your student needs a space (preferably quiet) where they can:

  • attend virtual classes.
  • study and do homework.
  • work with other students on group projects.
  • participate in other remote Cornell meetings and work.

With many people staying home and many public spaces closed, it might be challenging for your student to find a quiet space to work at home. Have a frank conversation so you can determine how your household will prioritize and use shared resources such as quite spaces, internet bandwidth, etc.

Time Needs

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Some of your students’ course obligations happen on a flexible schedule, some happen at set times. Don’t necessarily expect your student to be available when you want- for example, at family meals.

Your students’ schedules may be challenging for the rest of your household—especially if you’re in a different time zone than Cornell. While many of your students’ school interactions can happen asynchronously, some (office hours, small discussion sections, group project meetings) may need to happen during times that are inconvenient for the rest of the household. Even if you’re in Cornell’s time zone, students may interact and study together on-line at hours that, let’s face it, make no sense to you as a parent/guardian. Talk ahead of time about how everyone might be able to minimize potential disruption and meet each other’s needs as best you can.

Emotional Space Needs

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Students, whether they are new or continuing, are navigating their way and figuring out how this will work, and they’ll need support as well as some space to get used to this new set up.

Don’t forget, your students are still extraordinarily capable young people! They don’t need reminders about due dates, homework, etc., unless they specifically ask for your help.

Do expect your student to contribute to household chores like any other member of the family – just know that their schedule might be less flexible due to required coursework or other college activities. Set up a shared set of expectations for use and upkeep of common spaces (dirty dishes in the sink, we see you!).

y Para Familias: Aprendizaje Durante COVID-19

See Cornell’s Covid-19 updates page for useful updates and information.

Updated 10/30/2020