Make sure you are well informed.
College is a new world in which students are responsible for their own learning. This means learning inside and outside of class. College has it’s own rules, policies and processes. As higher education professionals we’ve seen our share of student stumbles, flops, and fails; and 99.9% of the time is because students didn’t know or understand the rules. There are three major things students should read thoroughly: college catalogue, student handbook and institutional catalogue.
2. Be responsible.
Similar to Rule 1, being responsible is important for college success. In high school, your parents had the responsibility for your financial and educational affairs. In college, that responsibility is all on you. That’s the downside to your new found freedom. You have to keep up with the not so fun things of college. You have to handle your business when it comes to the university. You have to make sure you are handling your business as a student. What does this mean? You should:
- Be informed (Rule 1)
- Keep up with your user names and passwords to your college accounts (Blackboard, email, student information, FASFA).
- Check your email everyday and respond promptly to all emails from the university, a staff member or a faculty member.
- Make sure your financial accounts are in good standing with no balances or holds.
- Go to class everyday and turn assignments in on time.
3. Set Goals and Stay Focus.
College is only a small piece of success in life. Most life wins take years to plan. For instance, to get higher pay or an increase in job opportunities, you may have to attend graduate school. To get admitted into graduate school more than a 2.5 GPA in undergrad. In order to get a 2.5 or higher in undergrad you have to get a C or higher in your courses. To get a C or higher, you need to go to class everyday, go to tutoring, and get a C or higher on assignments. Minute by minute distractions can keep you away from graduating. You have to stay focus on small daily goals that lead to bigger wins.
4. Manage Yourself and Your Time
At Preppy, we like the term self management rather than time management. Why? Because you can’t change the number of hours in a day and you can’t slow down time. But, you can change your behavior to maximize the amount of things you accomplish each day. Self management is key to college success. It’s simple, if you can’t balance play and work, you’ll find yourself rushing to do homework and assignments and cramming for tests. (A little secret: students who fail their exams and fail courses do <—- those things.) College is a full-time job if you aren’t filling at least 8 hours a day with class, homework and studying, you aren’t utilizing your time wisely.
5. Adopt College Level Study Habits
A main reason that students find themselves on the wrong side of a C in a course (D & F), is that they have underestimated the depth in which professors want information. In high school, you could get away with studying vocabulary write before a quiz and make an A. However, in college, professor want to see if you truly understand a topic. After all, you are learning things for your career. You have to become an expert in your field. Experts can speak on a subject without looking at their notes or referring to a book. They are able to answer questions thoroughly from the top of their heads. You have master the material in your courses. That requires throwing away your high school, barely there study habits. Where to pick up new ones? Start here with adopting the Study Cycle.