Hey all! Welcome to what might be your last week of summer! For many college students, classes are beginning within the next week or so. Welp! I should probably break out my backpack! College is quite different than high school, so I wanted to share ways that you can be successful in this type of setting.
I personally love going back to school each year. I love learning and going to a whole new set of classes. It can be difficult to get into the hang of things if this year will be your first year in college.
6 Successful Strategies For College Students
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I’m going to start my senior year in just two weeks. It feels so weird to say that! Anyone else about to be a senior? I am so excited to be working on my final year of college. Going into my fourth year, I have quite a few ways how I was able to keep my head on my shoulders and stay focused. There are sooo many distractions that will arise, but keeping your eyes on the prize (graduating!) will help you keep your head in the game.
Are you ready to be a successful college student? Keep on reading!
Attend All Your Classes
This one may seem obvious, but it can be way too easy to not attend classes. Especially if it’s early in the morning and attendance doesn’t matter. Unless you have an actual true reason, just go to all your classes! You might think that you’ll just read the textbook to catch up, but there are so many times where a professor might go off course or mention something that will be in the final exam. Even if you are super tired and can only take in 70% of the information, it’s much better than missing 100% of the lecture.
Get to Know Your Professors
This one took me sometime before I started doing it. It’s kind of weird going to classes where the professor doesn’t know your name. Most of the time, your professor may only know you if you continually go to their office hours. Do this! It can be really helpful if you are struggling to understand the information. They could become a great resource during your time in college. Maybe you need a letter of recommendation-they can help with that! It’s much easier to get one if they already know you!
Be Part of Your College
College really is what you make out of it. You can attend your classes and go straight home and still get good grades. What will make you successful is to do other work as well! Sign up for clubs or organizations. Maybe you want to have a work study. Try to become part of the college life! I work at the sustainability office at my college and I absolutely love it! It’s so cool being able to update the school’s Instagram + Facebook page. I also learn more about what is happening with my school such as new buildings being constructed and such.
Study Study Study!
Again, an obvious tip for being successful but so needed! I wanted to specifically say to find out where/how you study best. There are so many study resources once you hit college! Maybe your school has a tutoring program. Maybe your professor offices study hours with them during the week. See if you work best in a group or in the library alone. Perhaps you need complete silence or you work best with music playing.
In addition to where you study best, find out how you study as well. I personally learn the most when I write things down pen and paper style. Maybe you are more of the laptop kind of person. Learn this within the first few weeks of school and you’ll be smooth sailing for the upcoming exams.
Write out Your Semester
If you have read my previous college blog posts, then you’ll know I’m a huge advocate for writing out your semester! This is one of the biggest strategies for being successful in college! Once you have your syllabi, write out every homework due date, exam dates, etc in a planner. Here is a link to The Happy Planner, my fav ones! It will really help you once you are juggling multiple classes. You’ll be able to see what you can get started on early. It will help prevent you from missing any assignment due dates. There is nothing worse than spending an evening relaxing then realizing at 9 pm you have a paper due at midnight. Trust me, it has happened to me more than once! I do this every single semester and it has helped so much!
Learn Your School’s Portal
Every college’s portal may be different. Learn how to navigate yours. You don’t want to miss any payment due dates or assignments because you didn’t know how to find it. You may have access to yours way before school starts. Spend an hour or two before getting to school to learn how to use it.
Every single student needs to pay for college. Regardless if you are on scholarships, using financial aid or even paying straight out of pocket. There are so many things you’ll need to learn how to do each semester. Make sure you understand your school’s portal and understand all the payment information. Maybe your scholarship needs to be submitted by a certain time, or you need a cosigner for student loans.
In addition to the money related portal, learn the one where your professors share assignments! Some school’s use a program called Blackboard. When I first started my school here in Maine, I had no idea how to use it and actually missed an assignment due to me not knowing that the teacher wanted us to do it.
I hope these 6 tips will help you to become a successful student in college! Did you find any of these helpful? Do you have any other tips you’d like to share? Leave me a comment below!