College can be a very scary thing for some people. This is not like high school. For some, it has been many years since they were in a classroom setting. Some want to excel in their careers and education. The one thing that is in common with everyone, is that we are all here for a reason or purpose. The professors are there to give you the education and the tools but it’s your reasonability to put in the time and effort. College is not easy by any means.
We not only want you to be the best that you can be, but we want you to succeed at it and be proud to say you have accomplished your goals.
Please use these helpful tools as ways that could help you become a successful student.
Have an Educational Plan:
Do you know what your end goal is going to be? Sit down with a counselor (Mrs. Giron and Mrs. Bailey are great) and set up an Ed Plan. This will help you map out how long it will take to reach your goal and what classes you should be enrolled into each semester.
It is your responsibility to be in class every day. Sometimes teachers’ will mention information that is not on canvas or in the notes that you may have already have. So you need to be in class every day, it is in your best interest to be better prepared and have the best possibility for success.
When you have multiple classes, you will face different deadlines to meet, quizzes and tests on same days and homework to be turned in. One of the best practices that is recommended is to have a calendar or planner (online planner: schooltraq.com). Write down all the assignments and check them daily, in order to prepare and plan.
Complete the work:
When you are given an assignment, project, essay, etc. make sure that you are reading the directions completely and thoroughly. If you need to have a certain word count, make sure that you are meeting all the requirements if not more (grammarly.com). Make sure that you are answering the questions fully and completely. This is how a lot of students will be docked points for not following the directions as stated.
This is the biggest key to your success! Don’t procrastinate until the day before a quiz, exam or final. Make sure that you are reading the whole chapters, notes, and materials that were gone over in class. If you don’t understand it then reread it and write down questions to ask in class. Try not to study in loud places or full of distractions. Try not to study when you are tired as this will not help you retain the materials to the fullest. Don’t wait till the last minute!
Make a friend in class that you can study with. Set up a time each week or every other week that you can get together and go over notes. Have someone just in case you can’t make it to class, that will be able to take the notes, write down important dates, and to let you know what was missed.
Make yourself mock test with questions that could possibly be on a test, questions from the chapters or reviews. Go over them at least three times to best help your brain retain the information.
Flash cards/ Note cards:
Make cards to practice with.
(quizlet.com) is a great website that can help you set up cards in different forms to help you study from. Some other sites that are good as well goconqr.com, and studystack.com.
Your Professor or Instructional Support:
This is the best way to get help! Utilize them as much as possible. This is one of the best resources for you to use. Ask questions in class, set up a time or meeting in which you can get some extra help one on one before you get behind. Remember they are here to help you and want you to succeed and be successful.
Take this very serious. Make yourself dedicated to your class work and studies. You are taking the time to take classes, you owe it to yourself to dedicate time for the work.