Want to achieve success in college? Here are 10 tips for thriving in college. Some of these tips may seem a bit obvious, but make sure to read through each one to find the secrets to not just surviving in college, but thriving in it.
Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses:
One of the most important elements of success in college truly understands your strengths and weaknesses. Take some time to review your strengths — things like creativity, communications skills, computer skills, work ethic — as well as your weaknesses — things like time management, procrastination, perfectionism. It will probably be really easy to develop a list of your strengths, but much harder to really examine your weaknesses. The key with this tip is to find a way to maximize your strengths while overcoming or minimizing your weaknesses.
Establish Academic Goals:
You should start each semester of college with certain academic goals you want to achieve — perhaps a certain grade point average or achieving honor roll or dean’s list. But your goals do not need to solely be about grades; you might set an academic goal of deciding on a major or minor — or tackling that Spanish class you’ve been avoiding. The important thing is to have some goals — goals that are a bit of a stretch for you so that you can strive toward achieving them and then celebrate accomplishing them once the semester is over. Without any type of goals, you’ll find it easy to skip classes, miss assignments, and eventually find yourself in a place you don’t want to be.
Develop a Time Management System:
Of all the things high-achieving college students say, the one thing repeated over and over again is the importance of managing your time. Whether you use an electronic gadget or an old-fashioned planner or calendar, you need to not only have a system of keeping track of important dates and deadlines, but also a system for prioritizing your time. Having a strong sense of your time needs also gives you the ability to better see if you can handle additional responsibilities — and the power to decline offers that are going to seriously hurt your academic performance.
Stay on Top of Your Assignments:
Even students with great time management systems talk about the importance of keeping important dates in the top of your mind. Because you do not have teachers and parents on you’re back reminding you of assignments and tests, it’s much easier to procrastinate in college, putting off what you could have accomplished today until tomorrow, or the day after, or the day after that. Professors have very little leniency or empathy for students who attempt to hand in late assignments — especially ones that have been on the course calendar all semester.
Establish a Study Routine:
One of the best ways to improve your academic performance is to establish a study routine — a time every day that you set aside to read your textbooks, review your notes, and work on homework assignments. Not only will you get more accomplished, you’ll be better prepared for your classes, and actually have more free time to do other things. Most experts say that for every hour in class, you should devote at least two to three hours outside of class for studying. Besides just setting aside time each day, you should also find the best environment for you to study, which for some people are their dorm rooms while for others it’s the library.
– Team Raisoni