In college, you are expected to take responsibility for your education. Be sure to read the college bulletin and student handbook. Do that today, and underline the important sections.
Organize your time and tasks. Time management is important in college and in the real world. Write down classes, work schedule, study time and "play time" on a schedule.
You should set a goal to attend every class in every subject. Ask yourself "How much am I paying for each class hour?". For example, if you pay $100 per credit and take a 3 credit class, that comes to $300. Divide that by about 40 class hours per semester for that course to determine what you are paying for each class hour. You can also figure in $500 computer and technology fees divided by 120 days per semester. Can you afford to miss the class?
- Know the name and course number of your classes and also the name of your instructor.
- Get the name (useful for emailing to share class info) and telephone number of another student in the class.
- Take notes. Without them, you will forget 80% of every class. Review your notes soon after class. Fill in any gaps.
- Study at least two hours for every hour in class. Consider joining or forming a study group. That is also a good way to meet people, have fun learning, and make new friends.
- Create a good study environment, Quiet is good as well as few distractions...such as the library or Academic Assistance Center.
- Be an active reader by always having a pen in hand to underline and make marginal notes.
- Use a positive reward system to discipline yourself. Studying is not torture or punishment.
- Be organized. Buy a three-ring notebook and divider tabs for keeping your materials separated by class. Use a three-hole punch to insert your syllabus and handouts in the appropriate sections. Underline or highlight key points of the syllabus.
- Use your textbooks; they are written for students. Highlighting key terms and concepts will save time later when studying for the test.
- Seek additional help from professors, fellow students, or the Academic Assistance Center.