Becoming--and staying--a successful student takes effort and persistence. It requires organization and good study habits. Here are some suggestions to help you succeed:
Accept that college is very different from high school.
What worked for you in high school may not work for you in college.
- Waiting until the last minute to write a paper and/or to study for a test may cost you good grades even though that may have worked in high school.
- Change your behavior at the first sign of difficulty. If something’s not working for you, try something else!
- If staying up all night studying leaves you listless and lacking concentration, work out a study schedule that allows you eight or so hours of sleep before your exam.
Make sure you understand what is expected.
Read the syllabus for each of your courses; it is a blueprint for what is expected of you throughout the semester.
- Don’t let the first time you see and handle a course syllabus be the last time.
- Use it to chart your reading, study, and writing time for that course throughout the semester.
Schedule study time every day.
Postponing study time until just before an exam or writing a paper just before the due date means you are not focusing on collecting good grades. You should be developing the knowledge you will need to be successful in subsequent courses and ultimately on the job.
Get to class on time--if not early.
- Habitual tardiness may be noted by your instructors—and may not long be tolerated.
- When you’re late to class, you interrupt instruction and/or discussion which is unfair to your fellow students and disrespectful of your instructor.
- Miss class only when you simply cannot attend due to illness or personal emergency.
- Class attendance is generally factored into your grade for the course, so frequent absences will negatively impact your course grade and, ultimately, your QPA.- Check your syllabus for specifics on how class absences will impact your grade.
- That you didn’t finish your paper on time is not a personal emergency. It’s a failure of time management!
Come to class fully prepared—ALWAYS!
- Complete assigned readings
- Be prepared for oral presentations
- Study for quizzes and exams
- Make sure you have paper and pen.
- Get help at the first sign of difficulty — don’t wait until project or course failure is inevitable!
- Get help from your instructor and/or fellow students.
- Learn about Tutoring in the course posing problems for you.
Keep in regular contact with your academic advisor to make sure that you are taking the right courses in the right sequences for your major.
Know the various deadlines established by the University for such activities as registration, drop/add, and course withdrawal.
If you think you cannot possibly pass a course, drop it!
- An F will figure into your QPA while a W will not.
- First semester freshmen have until the day before the start of finals to drop such a course.
- The withdrawal deadline for all other students is approximately 5 weeks before the end of the semester.
Tutoring is not a substitute for class attendance, but it can help you better understand the material you are learning in class, and it may help you achieve better exam results. So, check it out!