As we begin another school year, I wanted to pass along a few tips to help those students looking for advice on doing better this year. We all have our own college routines that work for us, but sometimes it helps to introduce a new way of doing things.
Here are some things that helped me during college.
1. Do Your Homework As Soon As You Get It
Get as much done as soon as you can while the material is still fresh in your mind and while you are free of distractions. Also, trying to do the homework early will allow yourself time to ask questions and make sure you are doing it correctly before you turn it in.
2. Make Yourself Known In Your Classes
This does not mean you have to sit in the front row – but try to volunteer answers often, ask plenty of questions, and attend office hours. Before or after class, let your professor know of any concerns you had about the homework or anything in lecture. He or she will remember you as a student who is trying, which could come in handy come finals time. Plus, this will help part of your final grade since most classes require participation.
3. Find Study Buddies
Within the first few days of class, I always introduced myself to a few people sitting around me. We worked on homework together, went to office hours, and studied before any tests. If one of us didn’t understand something, someone else in our group most likely did. Also, being around students who wanted to get a good grade was motivation in itself to stay on track and not be tempted to skip class.
4. Set Up A Reward System
At the end of each week, or every time you get a good grade on a test or assignment, treat yourself. Go to a movie, go out for drinks, buy a new outfit, etc. Having something to look forward to at the end of each long week is a great source of motivation.
5. Do Not Miss Class
Most of all, try to only miss class if you’re deathly ill. In college, skipping class is awfully tempting, but remember what you are working for (and how much you’re paying for it). It’s hard to catch up with what’s going on when you have missed several lectures. This also is a good reason to find study buddies, because if you do end up missing a class, at least you have someone to get notes from!
Just do your best this year and you will be fine.
Remember to have some fun but to also prepare yourself for a successful year.
Have a great year!