| Recent research on self-regulated learning has showed students regulated their level of effort by using a variety of regulated strategies. Much of this research has explored these strategies without consideration of the interaction between contexts and regulated strategies. The purpose of this study was to explore what regulated strategies college students use and interaction among academic tasks, motivational problems, and students' regulated strategies. Subjects were 109 students from two universities in southern Taiwan. The instrument employed in this study was the Regulated Strategies Open-ended Questionnaire. Results showed that (a) students used a variety of motivational, cognitive, metacognitive, and action control strategies in learning contexts; (b) when faced with difficult course material, studying for an exam, and reading a textbook chapter, subjects reported more regulated strategies use than the other learning contexts; (c) students' course work and exam performance could be effectively predicted by their regulated strategies; (d) students' reported use of regulated strategies varied across different academic learning tasks and motivational problems. When faced with difficult course material, students tended to use more information-processing and metacognitive strategies. Students reported more motivational regulation in response to material described as not important or lacked value. When faced with course material that was boring, students tended to use more action control strategy. These results supported the view that self-regulated learners adapted their strategy use to fit situational demands. Implications for theory and research are discussed.