Tips and Advice
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Tips for Success
- Tips for Being Successful in College
- Tips to Create Good Study Habits
- Tips to Overcome Procrastination
In high school your entire school day is structured. In college you most likely will not have more than four classes on a given day. Because of how scheduling occurs in college, this means that some days you may only have one or two classes. You must use your time effectively and efficiently on your busy days to maximize your success as well as on your less busy days.
No one is going to make you go to your classes in college. However, cutting class after class greatly increases your chances of failure for a variety of reasons. If unfortunate life circumstances are causing you to miss too many classes, you should consider withdrawing from your classes and perhaps even school for a while until things change.
How you use your time will determine your success or failure in college – period. Making sure that you study a sufficient number of hours reading, doing homework assignments including writing and rewriting term papers, and meeting other course requirements greatly increase your chances of being a successful college student. By the way, Saturdays and Sundays are not automatic “do nothing” days. You will have done some school work on these days to be a superior student.
Manage Your Financial Resources
Mismanagement of financial resources can lead to situations that are distractions in college. Make a budget and stick to it. Should you get a financial aid check, do not live as if there is no tomorrow. If you are on a meal plan, eat the meals you are paying for rather than spending money that you could keep in your pocket.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Do not wear yourself out partying and staying up late. Eat healthy. Get enough sleep.
Do not be shy about meeting with your professors if you need to. In addition, you should get to know some of your professors anyway because you will probably need a letter of recommendation from one or more (e.g., you may need a letter of recommendation for an internship, a position you are seeking, medical or law school, or graduate school).
Cultivate a Good Reputation While You are In College
It is not unreasonable to think that somewhere some place an individual may not have been hired for a position because of some foolish things s/he may have done while at college.
Join One or More Student Organizations if You have Time
Student organizations help individuals learn how to accomplish tasks via group work and learn and/or enhance leadership skills. Skills learned during service in student organizations can be helpful once you leave college and find yourself in another situation.
- Study at the same time each day so that it becomes a habit.
- Plan for weekly reviews.
- Set aside blocks of study time (about 45 minutes each).
- Keep your study area just for studying and get rid of distractions.
- Write down assignments in every class including the DUE DATE and then “check off” items as you complete them.
- Take advantage of free time
- Use the time you spend waiting, walking, riding, etc. to review what you’ve learned.
- Just before class, quickly review your notes or readings relating to that class.
- Without a date, you’ll procrastinate. Whenever you get an assignment, set a goal for when you’re going to start it so you can finish without a last minute panic.
- Once you’re given a due date on an assignment, count backwards from the due date to establish a start date. Take into account time you’ll be spending on other items like social events, sports, etc. Refer to your school calendar where you’ve blocked out time you’ve committed to other things.
- Keep stress to a minimum. Start early to avoid a frantic finish.
- If you usually wait until the last minute to study or work on an assignment, instead of making your goal to finish on time, make your goal to finish early.
- Remember the riddle, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer: “A bite at a time.” If it’s a big assignment, break it into small steps.
Advice from Instructors
James Bellon - Lecturer, Math
Dr. Angela Insenga - Assistant Professor, English