Are you going back to school? Does it amaze you when you see other people with a career and family, making a return to college incredibly successful? If so, it may interest you to know that most of these students have had to work hard to be successful. Very few people can balance so many things in their life and be genuinely good at them all with little effort.
If you have made the decision to go back to school, here are five tips from successful college students that will help keep you on track and may even see you graduating at the top of your class:
1. Get Organized
At the beginning of every term, sit down with a planner and input all of your assignment due dates, quiz dates and test dates. Whether you use a paper planner or an app on your mobile device is up to you! No matter where you choose to record your data, it’s important that you put it somewhere that is easy to see and carry with you. Your professors will give you a syllabus and, while you can look at it any time you like, nothing will keep you on track better than a planner.
2. Study Time
If you’ve got a job and a family, don’t rely on being able to study on the fly. You must schedule time to study and complete any assignments that you have. Sit down at the beginning of the week and pencil in your study time. Your time may come after the kids go to bed, when the kids are in school or even on your hour-long lunch break at work. Whenever it is, once you’ve decided that you’re going to study, don’t use that time for anything else.
3. Ask For Help Quickly
If you are having difficulty in a certain subject, don’t wait until you are far behind to ask for help. As soon as you find that you are having trouble, seek the help of a classmate, your professor or a tutor. By getting help early on, you’re guaranteeing yourself enough time to figure out where you are going wrong and what you can do about it. If you wait too long to ask for help, you are almost sure to fail.
4. Don’t Procrastinate
You may think that you’ll have time later in the week to complete the assignment that is due on Friday but, inevitably, something will come up and you’ll be in the uncomfortable position of not having your assignment completed. Never wait until the last minute to complete your assignments. Once your teacher has given you your syllabus, you’ve planned your study time and set aside time for your homework, get it done! This is even more important if you are taking online classes where technical issues can be out of your control.
5. Find Support
The most successful college students have people in their corner, cheering them on. Surround yourself with people that are supportive and dump those that are negative. Whether it’s a friend that helps you study, or a family member that babysits the kids, people who support you can make the difference when it comes to successfully graduating from college.
If you are going back to school, one of the best things you can do is to organize your life. Once you have put things in order, you’ll find that things quickly fall in to place, making it easier for you to be successful. Get organized, get your tasks done in a timely manner and surround yourself with positive people. If you follow these five tips, you’ll be standing in your cap and gown before you know it.
Nicole Morgan is a career counselor, and blogs for mastersineducationguides.org where you can find information about master in education programs. She enjoys finding unique career opportunities for her students!