Strategies for Academic Success | Liv Marken
Strategies for Academic Success
first Edition

Strategies for Academic Success

by Liv Marken

Strategies for Academic Success accompanies the first-year University of Saskatchewan College of Arts and Science online course by the same name. However, the information it contains will apply to post-secondary institutions all over. The textbook has a reader-friendly format arranged to help you develop the essential skills and provide the information you need to succeed in university.


Liv Marken is a coordinator of writing help programs and services at Student Learning Services. L. Marken manages a team of graduate and undergraduate student tutors. Part of her position is to act as the University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal's staff advisor.

Strategies for Academic Success is adapted from a work produced and distributed under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA) in 2017 by the University of Saskatchewan.

This adaptation has seen significant rewriting and reformatting of the original 2010 and 2016 texts, replacement of images and figures, and deletions and rearrangements of chapters and sections. This work is made available under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license, with the exception of the cover photo, which is made available under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license from photographer Francisco Osorio.

Publisher Information by  University of Saskatchewan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Front Matter
Publisher Information
Chapter One Making the Transition to University
1.1 - Why University?
1.2 - What Is University?
1.3 - Preparing to Learn
1.4 - Planning for Success
Chapter Two Building Connections
2.1 - Managing Relationships
2.2 - Embracing Diversity
2.3 - Campus Groups
Chapter Three Physical and Mental Health
3.1 - Activity and Exercise
3.2 - Sleep
3.3 - Substance Use and Abuse
3.4 - Mental Health
3.5 - Sexual Health
Chapter Four Staying Motivated and Organized
4.1 - Setting and Reaching Goals
4.2 - Organizing Your Space
4.3 - Organizing Your Time
Chapter Five Reading to Learn in University
5.1 - Reading Textbooks
5.2 - Reading in Other Contexts
Chapter Six Using Creative Thinking
6.1 - Searching for "Aha!"
Chapter Seven Preparing for and Taking Tests
7.1 - Studying to Learn
7.2 - Taking Tests
7.3 - Strategies for Different Exam Types
7.4 - Using Test Results