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How To Succeed in College -5 Rules For Success from College Seniors

Sep 10 2012

How to Succeed in College.
                                Advice from college students who are about to graduate
Rule No. 1: Show Up
College isn’t high school. Attendance officers will not call your home to tell your parents you were marked absent. If you want to skip class that’s up to you - but you would be surprised at the quantity of work that takes place in just a single class.   There is no substitute for hearing what your instructors have to say and participating in the discussion.
Rule #2: Listen and Take Notes
Just sitting in class in not enough - your notes are an invaluable record of what happened in class, so take lots of them, then refine them and above all – study them regularly.
Rule No. 3: Put Your Toys Away
There is no place in college classrooms for text messages, cell phones, video games or anything else that can distract you from listening, participating and learning. You may think your instructors won’t see you as you text away during class – but they will. And know this: you will be making an extremely negative impression on them when they spot you.
Rule No. 4: Study Like You Mean It
Let me repeat: college is not high school! If you got by with bad study habits in high school and try to apply them to college-level work, you are almost assured of failure. In college you simply can’t study the night before an exam and expect to do well. This happens by reviewing your notes every night, not just before a test. Occasionally, you will not have a major exam until seven or eight weeks into a semester. If you think you can learn everything you need for a test in one night, or even one weekend, you need to think again. 
Rule No. 5: Speak Up and Be Heard
Want to make a positive impression on your instructors? Raise your hand and contribute something to classroom discussions. They will remember your willingness to participate – even if you don’t get the answers right. It may be easy to sit in the back and remain anonymous for an entire semester, but if classwork counts as a percentage of your grade, you are only hurting yourself by not volunteering in class. 
Rule No. 5: Get Help When You Need It
Many college courses, especially math and science, are sequential. Which means – what you learn in any given class session builds upon what you learned in the previous session.  If you are confused in the beginning, this will snowball and hurt you as the coursework gets more challenging. The answer? As soon as you feel yourself adrift, get help. Ask questions, get peer tutoring, go to the resource centers, visit with your SSC Manager. There are many types of assistance available to you; take advantage of them and do not fall behind.

Author: susan_hershkowitz