Found this article on the web while clicking links in emails that I regularly open and read. If you are an incoming freshman please click the above link and read the entire article. If you aren’t, the summary below should be enough to jog your memory and get you back on track if you have been derailed.
Here is a quick summary:
1. Always attend your classes. Even if the professor says attendance is not required. Go!
2. If there is a freshman study habits or time management class offered, take it. Yes, even if it provides zero credits it will be worth it. Time management is something that all students and even professionals struggle with at some point in life.
3. After your class is over, review your notes. During class you may be writing feverishly and that can lead to hard-to-read handwriting. The best time to review and fix what you’ve written is when everything is still fresh in your mind. If you have the time, type out your notes – this doubles as studying.
4. Buy your text books. Text books are expensive and some professors do not teach out of them directly. But they do test from them and that is why there is assigned reading.
5. Find extracurricular activities to get involved with. Whether you choose to get involved with student government, the school newspaper or you want to go Greek, activities are a really good way to meet new people on campus and keep busy.
6. If you need to work or decide to work, do not take on too many hours. Students who assume too many outside responsibilities from their classwork tend to miss classes, not get papers in on time and do poorly on their tests.
7. Get to know your professors. This is not about “brown nosing,” this is about getting to know the person who is teaching your class and someone you may carry a relationship with throughout your academic career. It’s called networking. Your professors can be some of the most helpful people to help launch your career.
8. Stress management. It’s OK to admit if you are feeling overwhelmed. Your college will have trained and supportive staff to help you cope.
9. Understand your loans. Do not just sign across the dotted line. Your loans will be hanging out with you and your credit for the next couple of decades, if not more.
10. Ask for help. If you’re struggling with something in one of your courses, talk to your professor and see if tutoring or a study group is available.
11. Get regular sleep. Without proper sleep you won’t be functioning at a high enough level and everything from your grades to your health will suffer.
12. College is not an extension of high school! You might have been able to fly under the radar staying up late having fun and then going to school the next day, but you need to be “present” in your classes. Participation is usually part of your grade whether the professor mentions it or not. And no party is worth a failing grade.
Check out the article and click through on the links for more information.
Thanks for your attention.