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Successful Tips For College Students

Mar 20, 2008
As a student in college, it is not always easy to be successful. Everyone wishes they were a genius. Unfortunately wishes usually do not always come true, and until wishes do come true, there a few ways to help achieve greater academic success and get more out of your classes. Listed below are a few steps and suggestions to make the most out of your time and help achieve more.

The first step to help make the most out of your time is to research the course and evaluate the teacher. You should identify the three most important aspects of the course. Will it provide you with the credits you need? Is it the best time to take the class? Does it fit into your schedule? Trying to find at least a little out about the teacher and the course offerings will take you a long way.

An extremely simple step within the first few weeks of any class is studying the syllabus. The syllabus offers information regarding homework, times and/or locations of tests, grading criteria, and possibly extra credit opportunities. Simply glancing over the document will not do much for you, but writing down notes in your planner or calendar for important future dates will really help.

I also suggest taking plenty of notes and asking questions whenever you are uncertain about anything being taught. As these two suggestions seem quite rudimentary, many people fail to do so! Even if you question whether the notes you are taking will be needed, it will greatly impact your level of attention in the classroom.

Creating a study group is often an extremely helpful step in the first several weeks of any class. Choosing two or more class members to go over information, compare notes, and help teach each other will help immensely in the long run. Picking a certain day every week that works out for everyone will also ensure that the group remains intact throughout the semester's duration and will cut down on absences. Upon the creation of the group, try to share contact information so that if anything arises it will not be difficult to contact each other. Study groups are also helpful in the event of an unexpected absence. You can always make copies of notes and/or handouts that you missed in class.

Depending upon the subject you are taking, finding relating publications can help your understanding of the subject matter. Business, medicine, and science are three broad subjects that have hundreds of different sources you could look at and read to increase your comprehension of the subject at hand. Teachers will often look more highly of your work when you can cite examples or sources other than those used in class.
Success in college is not rocket science, but it can be difficult. With a few steps and use of the suggestions above, getting good grades and knowing what the teacher is talking about doesn't have to be a dream, but a reality. Remember the key to success if in your own hands.
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