Academic Skills Consultations/UCS 160

To succeed, students must learn how to plan work, structure time, and study effectively.  Our Academic Skills Consultations, UCS 160: Success in Higher Education course, and Study Your Way To Success Web Portal offer the tools and support students need to strengthen their academic performance. 

Academic Skills Consultations

Academic Skills Consultations are 30-minute, 1-to-1 meetings that offer students individualized advice on how to address any academic challenges they may be facing. Students who wish to improve their time management, find more effective ways to study, perform better on exams, or address common challenges like procrastination, distraction, or test anxiety can arrange an in-person or online consultation with the AEC’s study skills expert, Dr. David Hayes, through Starfish. Dr. Hayes can also be reached at

UCS 160  Study Strategies Course

UCS 160: Success in Higher Education is a one-credit, graded, online course that helps students develop a strategic approach to learning and studying in college. Students in UCS 160 learn how to plan their work and study more effectively, address common academic challenges, and assess their own progress. Each lesson in UCS 160 introduces specific studying, time management, test-taking, and writing strategies, and provides students with practical assignments through which they can apply what they are learning directly to their work in their other courses.

Click here to see a copy of the Fall 2022 UCS 160 syllabus. This syllabus outlines a twelve-week UCS 160 curriculum, including class activities and homework.  


Study Strategies Workshops

Study Strategies Workshops and presentations are available online and in-person upon request for classes, departments, student organizations, and other interested groups.  Workshops and presentations are available to focus on a full range of academic skills-related topics and can be customized to suit the needs of the group. To learn more about what we offer and how to plan and schedule a workshop or presentation, contact David Hayes, Coordinator of Academic Skills Development Programs, at


Study Your Way to Success:  Online Study Tips

Looking for ways to improve your ability to manage your time and work, study more effectively, and perform better on exams? There is a world of information at your fingertips. Click the link below to access the AEC’s Study Your Way to Success web portal. The videos, web articles, tip sheets, and activities you’ll find represent some of the best strategies available for learning and studying in college. 

Study Your Way to Success