Almost everyone starts off the semester with good intentions (kind of like gym memberships in January). But somehow a month or so in, things start to get more and more difficult. So what can you do now to ensure that you’ll not only survive but thrive during the entire term?
Here are some tips:
- Be prepared to work hard. College is not high school. There is more work. There is the expectation that you can learn independently. And you are responsible for that learning.
- Get to know your professors. Ask questions. Go to their offices during office hours. They are the most valuable resource you have!
- Find a study spot. Take advantage of breaks between classes. Go to the library or the learning center. Find a quiet hallway.
- Find out what help is available. How do colleges try to help students? Let me count the ways: Tutors, workshops, office hours, information sessions, etc. I think I can safely say if you need help and don’t get it, then it’s because you didn’t ask.
- Pull your weight. Don’t be the guy in the back playing with your phone. Don’t the woman in the group who doesn’t come through with your part of the assignment.
- Keep up. The most successful students are those who do the assignments daily, keep up with homework, and don’t have to cram to take a test. There’s no substitute for daily practice.
- Manage your time. Get a calendar. Write down all your assignments. If you have three big projects due in the same week, start early.
- Be responsible for your learning.