Learning Skills Services, Student Development Centre

Academic Success Checklist

The following checklist includes some key behaviours that are associated with academic success.


For each item, indicate if this is a behaviour that you engage in regularly. If your score is 3 or less on any item, do something to improve the associated behaviour.

How To Improve These Skills

For assistance developing these skills:

Formal Assessments

If you'd like to complete a more formal and detailed assessment, send an e-mail to learning@uwo.ca for information on The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory.

The Checklist

Want to be a better student? Start by assessing your behaviours:No---Yes
1 I always go to class. 1-2-3-4-5
2 I take a good set of lecture notes. 1-2-3-4-5
3 In class, I monitor whether or not I am fully understanding the ideas. 1-2-3-4-5
4 I spend some time soon after class to read over my class notes, to improve them if necessary, to reflect about the ideas, and do any assigned exercises or homework problems. 1-2-3-4-5
5 After going through my class notes, if there are any ideas that I have difficulty understanding, I check in the textbook for clarification or with someone who can help (classmate, T.A., prof., course help centre, SDC's Learning Help Centre). 1-2-3-4-5
6 I read my text (or do other appropriate preparatory work) before going to class. 1-2-3-4-5
7 As I read my text, I pay attention to the text structure: marginal questions, text in bold or italics, headings, and the captions that accompany illustrative material in the margins. 1-2-3-4-5
8 As I read the text, I think about whether or not I will remember the ideas easily. If not, I think about ways to remember the information as the reading unfolds. 1-2-3-4-5
9 I use a system for summarizing the main points of the text: I highlight, make marginal notes, make summary notes, and/or use the study guide. 1-2-3-4-5
10 I do occasional review of past text chapters and/or class notes even when I don't have a test looming. 1-2-3-4-5
11 I give myself enough time to review adequately for a test. 1-2-3-4-5
12 I find ways to self-test during my test review instead of just reading over the information. 1-2-3-4-5
13 I maintain a calm approach to test writing and get a good night's sleep before a test or exam. 1-2-3-4-5
14 I am able to manage my anxiety in tests or exams. 1-2-3-4-5
15 I plan my exam writing based on the amount of time and the value of individual questions. 1-2-3-4-5
16 I go over my returned exams to learn about the types of mistakes that I made. 1-2-3-4-5