How to Succeed in College (5 Tips at a Time)

This semester we are gathering helpful tips from faculty, staff,and students on how to survive and succeed in college.

  • Buy your books even if the tests  only include what’s on the PowerPoint slides. Reading the chapters before the lecture helps you know what the lecture is going to be about, giving you a heads up on what is difficult. It also means the lecture is reinforcing the material. And the more reinforcement, the more you’ll learn.
  • Showing up is important, but not enough. It’s important to go to class, but go to participate. Playing with your phone, chatting with friends, etc. just won’t cut it in the college classroom.
  • It can take a while to make friends. Community college students often have jobs and families. So everyone may not be able to hang around after class. Don’t despair if you don’t make friends immediately. It may take a little while, but if you’re friendly and open, it will happen.
  • Don’t assume you’re the only who doesn’t understand a concept. Take it from someone who has been in school most of her life, you are not the only one!!!
  • Visit your instructors during their office hours to get help. That’s why they’re there. They want you to succeed. And it’s a lot easier to fix a problem at the beginning. It’s much harder when you’re weeks behind.
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