Sage advice and tips for having a successful semester in college can help a new student get into the routines that do lead to better grades. Many study tips include similar advice, leading off with old ideas such as (1) go to class and (2) take notes.
These two tips, in particular, normally are at the head of many lists for success in all types of education. A student must prioritize their time and activities very carefully from day one at their chosen university, not only to get the most from their course work, but also to leave free time to enjoy other student activities and fun while in school.
College success can be measured by more than academic grades. Obtaining high grades should be a top priority, but learning to manage living on your own, finding new friends and experiencing college life is also important. Only with careful planning can it all fit together like a neatly constructed puzzle. So, with that in mind, begin to make plans for having a successful fall semester.
1. Plan ahead – use a notebook or personal planner. Write down any important dates that you need to remember, for registration, payments, classes, assignment due dates and tests.
2. Attend every class – resist the temptation to skip classes, this is serious and important business.
3. Prepare for class ahead of time, not during class. Know what material will be covered and take a few minutes or more to at least browse over the material that will be presented in class. This can help you come up with questions about material you do not understand, and it will make the presentation more understandable.
4. Plan for 3 to 4 hours of homework time for each hour of class time. Take detailed notes in class and read them later as you are working on assigned homework for that class. Even if no assignments are given, take time to go over your notes. This is the best way to retain long term knowledge. Cramming the night before a test may get you through a test, but the retention of material for the long term will be poor.
5. Get to know your professors. They are not gods, just people with advanced degrees, knowledge and experience. They once were students also. Make an appointment to meet with them at least once, and any time you have trouble with the class work.
6. Participate. You will get much more out of your classes if you join in and contribute ideas and questions. Join a school group to make new friends with common interests. The fall semester is often the best time to get into groups, clubs, and organizations. Sports like football are very important at many schools and are a fun activity for weekends.
7. Discover the school. Find and use the Library frequently. There are many other resources available to students that can be helpful, such as counseling centers, labs and meeting places. Keep your Internet use to lower levels so as not to interfere with your studying habits.
If you follow these study tips, you should be able to do very well in class and make the most of your valuable time spent at school. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone, and it is well worth the effort to spend even one term at college if at all possible.
The benefits of completing higher educational courses will impact your life in the form of higher income and lifetime friendships. Focus on becoming a well-rounded person that can mix good study habits with adjusting well to a new lifestyle on your own.
About the author: Diane Johnson writes about a variety of things ranging from finance to online classes. In her free time she loves traveling and enjoying the outdoors.