Here we are, kicking off the start to another semester or year of college. Whether you’re a brand new student, or a returning student, here are 10 tips to being successful in your college career.
- Study! Whether it is in groups or by yourself, studying is not overrated and it really works. It is impossible to get good grades in college without really studying the material.
- Take the time to figure out which way you learn best. In my English 101 class, we did an essay on our learning styles. I found this very useful because it allowed me to explore the different ways everyone learns. I found out that I am an auditory learner, which means I learn best by hearing things. Because of this, I have really made an effort to listen in class and take notes in order to help me remember what I heard during class. Finding out your learning style will help you reach your full potential in all your classes.
- Don’t procrastinate. I know, I know, this one is hard. Coming from a fellow procrastinator, this is going to be the most difficult to overcome. However, it will be so worth it. In college, you get a lot of your assignments in advance. This is for a reason. Using the most time as possible to complete the assignment, will allow you to do your best and in turn, receive the best grade for it. Also, college has a lot of deadlines other than assignments. Scholarships, graduation, and enrollment all have deadlines. Not procrastinating will better your chances of avoiding the headache you receive when you miss one of these deadlines.
- Get to know the different types of teachers. Just like high school, college has those teachers that are easier, and the ones that are harder. Knowing what kind of teacher you are working with will allow you to know what kind of things you need to work on to get your two styles to mesh. For example, I have a teacher that is very harsh on grading grammar, but when I write, I pay more attention to content. Learning that she is more harsh on grammar, has forced me to pay more attention to that as well. I maximize my chances of success by learning about her teaching/grading styles.
- Turn off all competing distractions while studying. When I study, I like to have three different social networking sites, music, and my phone are all available to me. However, I have found that when I turn all of that off, I retain more knowledge. Go figure!
- Try to eat healthier. Eating healthy is not only good for your body, but for your brain too! It’s not a myth! Even if it’s just doing one thing like cutting out soda, or eating breakfast everyday, it will make a difference.
- Get enough sleep every night. Getting adequate sleep will allow you to fully use your brain and concentrate in class. Like eating healthier, the powers of sleep are not a myth.
- Exercise. I am a firm believer in exercise for many reasons. First, it allows for an outlet when you’re stressed. It is a quick, thirty-minute break, at the least, from whatever is on your brain. Everyone needs a break sometimes. It also helps you sleep better at night so you can accomplish number 7!
- Pay attention to your grades before the last week of class. Nothing annoys the teachers more than when you’re only willing to do extra credit during the last week of class because you just noticed you have a D. Most of the time that extra credit will not be available anymore. Keeping track of your grades before the last week will obviously avoid this problem.
- The most cliché-have fun! College is a great time in your life. Not only can you expand your knowledge skills, but your social ones as well. Take time to talk to the people in your classes. Classes are more fun when you look forward to going to them because you have made a few new friends. You can learn just as much from them as you can your teacher. It also helps to know people to create study groups.