Being successful in college is not exclusively reserved for the smartest and the brightest. Actually, being successful in college is more about discipline, sacrifice, and integrity and not IQ. The following ten tips are very common sense and van be implemented by anyone.
They may sound simplistic and you may have heard them before but the key is actually applying them. So when reading these tips ask yourself “Am I actively using this strategy in my own life?” If not, apply them to your life and you will see an improvement in performance right away.
10. Attend every class and participate in all required online discussions
It’s easy to blow off classes or do just enough to get by but it will catch up to you sooner or later. Besides, you are paying for it so you might as well get everything out of it you can.
9. Be an active learner
Actively participate in class discussions by offering points and asking questions. Research shows that active learners retain information better and have a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
8. Finish Assignments on Time
Keeping up with assignments is difficult especially when you are trying to balance kids, work, bills, and extracurricular activities. Use a planner and when you get your class syllabus write down all the assignment and test dates the first day of class.
7. Choose a Major you Enjoy
Studies show that adult learners do better in class when they enjoy the class and see it as relevant to their career and life goals. Conversely, when they do not enjoy the class or see the purpose of it they do worse.
6. Study Every Day
That means hitting the books even when there may not be homework. Research shows that people learn and retain information best when they study a little bit every day rather than trying to learn large chunks of information in a short period of time.
5. Know your Learning Style
If you do not know your learning style contact the career services staff or talk to your advisor. Knowing your learning style will help you study smarter not harder.
4. Start or Join a Study Group
A study group provides a support network as well as a learning network. Community learning is key to your success in college. Studies show that students who study with others are much more likely to graduate from college than those who study alone.
3. Set Goals and Take Breaks
Setting mini goals and taking a break from studying results in deeper learning and better information retention. Goals keep you focused on the task at hand and help keep you motivated.
2. Eat right and Exercise
Good nutrition and exercise will help keep your mind and body sharp. Also, drink plenty of water. Good nutrition and hydration have been linked to better academic performance.
1. Find Balance
Study hard and play hard too. Don’t let school consume your entire life. You still need to find time to enjoy your family, friends, hobbies, and keep up with your responsibilities. If need be reduce hours at work or cut back on your course load. Students that do not have balance are the one who do not graduate.