Study Smarter, Not Harder

Success at university requires solid study skills and practices. UFV counsellors can help you with common challenges such as time management, exam anxiety and understanding what to study and how. To support student success, UFV offers many resources for improving your study skills.

Self-Help Student Success Handouts

Our student success handouts have many tips to help you succeed. Even if you already have good study habits, you can learn new skills that will allow you to study more effectively in less time.

Individual Appointments

Book an individual counselling appointment to discuss any aspect of studying. Sign up by contacting UFV Student Services. On the Abbotsford Campus, Room B214 or phone (604) 854-4528, between 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. In Chilliwack at the CEP, Room A-1318 or phone (604) 795-2808, between 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Study Smart Workshops - Abbotsford

UFV counsellors offer free workshops on the Abbotsford campus to help UFV students become more effective learners. You can learn shortcuts to reading, better ways to remember, tips on presentations and many other skills. Learn how to study more effectively, manage time, prepare for exams and overcome test anxiety in these free study skills workshops. Pizza lunch is included for all students who register and attend the full day!

Sign up at Student Services in Room B214 on the Abbotsford campus. Space is limited, so sign up early. If you can't make it, make an appointment to meet with a counsellor.

Study Smart Workshops
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Managing Student Stress 10:00 - 11:20am
Too Many Assignments, Too Little Time 11:30am -12:50pm
Memory, Test Prep and Active Learning Strategies 01:00 - 2:20pm
Exam Anxiety 02:30 - 3:50pm

Academic Success Centre

Visit the Academic Success Centre in Abbotsford (G126) or Chilliwack (A1212) to learn academic study skills, get subject area support, get feedback on your writing, and more. Qualified peer tutors can help you gain confidence in difficult subject areas and help you find learning strategies that work best for you. To register or find out more information, visit

Math Centre

Visit the Math Centre in Abbotsford (G161) or Chilliwack (A202) for help with math and statistics.

Academic Support Courses

UFV offers a number of academic support courses each semester that can help prepare you to work at the university level. They include subjects such as rapid reading, writing, study skills, research, critical thinking and computer skills. These courses can be helpful whether you are a student returning to education after many years, a recent high school graduate or current post-secondary student. See the UFV Calendar for more details. Courses include:

  • Writing and Research Skills (CAP 110)
  • Reading and Study (CAP 130)
  • Introduction to Computers (COMP 061/071/081)
  • Integrated Academic Learning Skills (CSM 104)
  • Critical Analysis and Learning (CSM 108)
  • Learning Methodology (CSM 208)
  • Introduction to Reading, Writing and Study Skills (RSS 098)

Links to Study Skills

Discover your learning style and some new study strategies by exploring these links.

Study Skills Books

Look for study skills books at the UFV Library and UFV Bookstore. Two useful books are Making Your Mark: High Performance College and Career Skills by Lisa Fraser and Study Smarter, Not Harder by Kevin Paul.

Suggestions for Students Who Are Struggling

See our top tips for student success to find out how you can turn your struggles into success.

Information on Academic Appeals and Complaints

Visit the Office for Academic Integrity and Appeals for information on how to address decisions that affect your academic standing.

Information on Withdrawal Due to Extenuating Circumstances

Sometimes difficult things happen that make it impossible to complete your studies as planned. If this occurs before the deadline to withdraw, simply withdraw from your courses and register again when you are able. If this occurs after the deadline to withdraw, it may be possible to withdraw and receive a 'W' on your transcript rather than a failing grade. Every student's situation is different and is decided on a case by case basis. For more information, see the Office of the Registrar. You may also wish to meet with a counsellor to discuss your options.

Contact Us
Counselling Services

B214, Abbotsford
604 854-4528

Chilliwack CEP Building A, Room A1318
604 795-2808

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday

After Hours
Call the Crisis Line at
604 951-8855
or toll free
1-877 820-7444

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