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How to Succeed at College

Sometimes for even the best of students achieving academic success in college can be more challemging than it was in high school. The following are tips to help students survive and even thrive in college.

  • Manage your time: The ability to manage your time efficiently is one of the biggest factors to success in college. Successful students learn to plan ahead and learn to use free time wisely. Develop a time management system, set aside plenty of time to study. Learn to say "no" when your schedule is full and prioritize academics above all else.
  • Go to class and take responsibility for your academic success: Staying on top of your academics requires dedication. Step one: go to class! Avoid the temptation to repeatedly hit the snooze button and skip that early morning class. In addition to learning, by attending class every day you will receive important information from professors about exam material, changes in assignment/project deadlines, and more. It also may be tempting to spend too much time involved in the social scene or participating in co-curriculars. Have fun but do not fall behind in your class work. Remember academics first!
  • Ask for help when you need it: Utilize the resources available to you at college whether you need extra academic help or assistance with a personal issue. Ask your professor for help or visit the campus tutoring center for academic help. If you are having a hard time adjusting to college life, talk to the college counseling center's staff.
  • Get to know your professors: Introduce yourself to your professors and ask questions in class especially if you attend a larger university with big class sizes. Visit professors during office hours or send an email if you have questions outside of class. Building relationships with your professors can be helpful when you need a letter of recommendation written or if you are interested in opportunity to do research or participate in an internship.
  • Connect to campus life: Join clubs and/or intramural sports teams; run for a leadership position; pledge a fraternity or sorority; volunteer; or get an on-campus job. Any of these choices can connect you with experiences that will help add to your college success. Get to know your fellow students other students can offer a variety of experiences and/or introduce you to different cultures.
  • Be aware of your finances: Set a budget with spending limits and make sure to stick to it throughout each semester. If your schedule allows, find a part-time job or work-study program at college to have some extra cash. Staying on top of your financial situation is important. Make a budget and stay on track by checking on your financial situation regularly.
  • Take care of your physical self: Changes in diet, lack of sleep, irregular routines and the physical requirements of navigating the campus to get to your classes on time can take a physical toll on your body. Taking care of yourself is an important part of your overall success. Hit the gym and workout when you can; eat healthy; and be sure to find time to relax.
  • Focus on your goals: College is a challenge; that is why so many often drop out before ever earning a degree. Remain focused on your long-term goals graduating, earning a degree, and improving your overall quality of life. Remember, success in college can lead to a brighter future!
  • And finally, call your parents every once in a while: Really, call them to talk; DO NOT text! Let them know how you are doing at college.