Study Tips

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Top 10 Reasons SJSU Students Are Always at the Library
1. Plenty of space to study: Nine floors and 475,000 square feet. Includes 39 study rooms, and
both quiet and talking floors.
2. A librarian for every SJSU major. Contact your librarian for research help.
3. Wifi on every floor! Your MySJSU account is your login.
4. Your textbook might be free as an ebook or on reserve.
5. 3D printing for your assignments.
6. Technology to borrow for free.
Laptops, iPads, calculators, cables, chargers, adapters, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos and more can be borrowed for free rom the library:
7. Software training to complete an assignment.
8. Rooms you can reserve to work with your project team or study group. 
9. Unique collections. The King Library houses the Beethoven Center, Steinbeck Center,
California Room, SJSU Special Collections, Cultural Heritage Center,
and Mark Trent Goldberg musical theater collection.
10. All-night study hours and late night tutoring 

Here are some tips to maximize your studying.

  1. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Eating rightgetting adequate sleep, and exercising are all scientifically shown to impact memory and test performance.
  2. Make your studying active. Don’t just re-read notes or look over homework problems. Take new notes. Write down important concepts and questions you have. Work on new problems. You can make up problems or essay prompts and share them with others in the class.
  3. Explain what you understand to someone else. This is sure to highlight what you need to study more. A great way to do this is to study with others from your class. Reserve a study room in the library and use the Canvas discussion board to invite others from the class to join you there. You can also review material with a family member or friend. Even if they know nothing about the topic, they will ask you some great questions.
  4. Your instructor is there to help you. Make a list of questions and go to his/her office hours or send her/him an email or Canvas message. Be sure to leave plenty of time (don’t do this the night before the test). The ability to explain yourself to your peers and those above you at work is a key skill needed for promotions. So, consider office hours as a safe way to practice that skill now.

Other SJSU resources including free tutoring and workshops are listed on the Tutoring Hub 

A key component to excelling in most any field is your oral and written communication skills. SJSU has free resources to help you hone these skills. This will help you both in classes now and benefit you down the road in your professional career.

Check out the expanded resources of the SJSU Writing Center! During the spring 2018 semester, they are offering drop-in tutoring services in their Clark Hall 126 location, and they are offering their regularly scheduled tutoring sessions in their new location on the second floor of the MLK Library. They serve all active SJSU students (graduate and undergraduate).

All students are encouraged to attend Writing Center workshops, visit them for one-on-one tutoring, read their blog, and use their handouts and videos (all of which are created by SJSU writing tutors). 

Make sure you are taking full advantage of the resources you have already paid for through your tuition to get questions answered you may have about your classes.

Connect with faculty: First off, don’t miss out on the opportunity of connecting with the faculty who teach your classes. Go to office hours or approach them after class with a question. Introduce yourself and remind them what class you are in. Prepare a list of questions ahead of time so you are organized. If you are nervous, recruit a friend from the class to join you. In addition to tapping in to their expertise, asking them questions and sharing ideas you have with them is a great way to gain experience in professional networking, a skill critical to getting a job and being promoted in your field.

Tutoring and workshops: There are also numerous tutoring resources and professional development workshops included in your tuition. Take a moment now to look over all the resources ranging from development in writing, communication, technology, and specific content areas and fields.

Tutoring Hub:

Academic Success and Professional Development Workshops:

Now is the time in the semester to make sure you are organized and have your time managed well. Need some tips on that?

Peer Connections has a time management workshop coming up: Thursday, February 15th, 2-3pm in SSC 603

Also, the Spartan Success Portal has an online time management workshop.  To access that:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the “Spartan Success Portal”
  3. Create an account (free to all SJSU students)
  4. Search “Time Management” (There are also 53 other online workshops on professional development skills.)

As you collect all your class syllabi, you should take some time to make a formal, weekly time management schedule.

  • Plan out when you will be in class and other set commitments like work or caring for family.
  • Allot time for exercise, eating, commuting, and adequate sleep.
  • Block out times during each day when you are going to study. Set aside to do the weekly recurring activities like homework, readings, etc.
  • Use a calendar and block out when the major assignments for each class are due all semester.
  • Be realistic and allow time for you to be yourself. That is, put in time for things that are important to you like socializing, spending time online, or volunteering.
  • Recruit one of your friends to be an “accountability buddy”. Share you schedule with them and ask them to check in with you about how often you study or how much time you spend on other things that might be hard for you to limit like socializing or being online.
  • Share your schedule with your family. Help them to understand the new time commitments you will have with college.

There are more time management resources here:


 Monday 2/5 (at 11:59 p.m.) is the last day to drop any classes online through MySJSU. (Please note that the system will be down from midnight on Friday 2/2 through 5 p.m. on Sunday 2/4. Plan to adjust your schedule before Friday night.) Right now you should review all your syllabi. Evaluate assignments, due dates, and course workload with everything else you have going on. Make sure this is the right schedule for you.

Beginning Tuesday 2/6 you will need to submit petition to drop or withdraw. The drop petition is used for individual classes.  If you are dropping more than one, fill out a petition for each class. The withdrawal petition is used to drop all classes.  Petitions can be found at Drop/Withdrawal Petitions. The HealthCare Provider form is also found on this page. The petitions for Spring 18 will be posted on 2/6. 

 The only exception to submitting a petition starting Tuesday, 2/6 is if you are changing from one section of a class to another section of the same class through Monday, 2/12, the last day to add. In this case, you should take your permission/add code to Window R in the lobby of the Student Services Center, and the Registrar’s Office will make the section change.

 For the drop and withdrawal petitions, read the instruction page carefully and note the following:

  • You should submit a drop or withdrawal petition if you have had a significant change in life circumstances that occurred after the drop date (or, because of the scope of the incident, clearly prevented you from dropping classes by the deadline). These must be verifiable in some way. Really, you need to show what changed in your life- something unanticipated that is contributing to not being able to handle that load of classes or specific times of classes.  If you are only dropping some classes, you need to address why you must drop those specific classes.
  • Drops will not be approved because of lack of prerequisites, poor academic performance, non-attendance, change of major, or because a class is not required.
  • Final approval is granted by Academic Advising and Retention Services (AARS). Instructors, Major Advisors, and Associate Deans either acknowledge or recommend. They do not approve.
  • There are no refunds for drops (except for Open U classes). Refunds for withdrawals are pro-rated and may affect financial aid.
  • All approved classes that are dropped will show a W grade, which does not calculate in the gpa.
  • You are expected to continue to attend class until notified by a MySJSU message that the drop has been approved.
  • All petitions require both a personal statement and supporting documentation.


Welcome back! We hope you had a good fall semester and a restful break. We are thrilled to have the energy and enthusiasm of students back on campus. 

Here are some tips for making sure you are in the classes you need this semester:

  • Check your schedule: If you have not already done so, log into MySJSU and make sure the schedule appears matches what you think you are in. Make sure you know where each class is located.
  • 15 to Finish: You should be registered for 15 units to make timely progress to your degree.  Students who register for more units per semester actually have higher GPAs. Also, registering for 15 units each semester instead of 12 will save you over $20,000 in tuition and lost income
  • Wait list/ adding a class: The wait lists from the regular registration period have gone away. If you want to add a class, you need to contact the instructor and/or go to the first class session. Using MyScheduler is the easiest way to find classes that fit in your schedule and have space available.
  • MyProgess: Have you run MyProgress yet? If not, take some time now. The courses you passed in fall (and any AP or other units you transferred in) will show up as “green” on your MyProgress. The courses you are registered for in spring will be “yellow”.  The “red” courses will show you the remaining requirements for your degree.
  • Dropping a class: You have until Monday Feb 5th to drop a class. So, for now, do not drop a class until you have been added into an alternative.
  • GE options not at SJSU: If you can't find a GE course at SJSU that matches your schedule, try using Quottly to find options. This site will help you find transferable, online courses at other Cal State Universities and California Community Colleges that count towards SJSU's GE requirements. It is free to search (there is a $34 fee if you register for the course through Quottly).

Any questions? Contact an advisor in your college success center or email