10 Tips for Academic Success

With the beginning of a new school year, students are setting their academic goals. Once you have these goals, how do you go about achieving them? Below are 10 tips to help you as you strive for academic success:

1. Forget about your high school life.

2. Time management is important. Plan everything in advance, create a consistent and daily study routine and use your time wisely.

3. Choose your “friends” wisely. You and your friends should share similar goals and have a similar meaning of “fun”; you should also maintain a consistent dialog and communication with them.

4. Approach studying through this method: preview before class and review after class. 30 to 60 minutes of previewing your lecture notes will help you keep pace with the professor during class. 1 to 2 hours of review after class will help convert your short-term memory to long-term memory.

5. Be enthusiastic in class discussions. Remember, the more you participate, the better able the professor can assess your understanding and assist you with your areas of weakness. Making a mistake in class won’t cost you as much as one made while writing an exam. Additionally, the professor will remember you. Down the line, the professor can act as an excellent referee since they know you.

6. Look for help or advice from resources in the library. Better yet, go see your professors during office hours. By taking advantage of one-on-one help from your professors, you can pinpoint your areas of confusion and have them quickly addressed.

7. Play “fair” during your study. Avoid academic misconduct.

8. Balance your life reasonably. Combine your studying with your interests in sport or music; add in a bit of volunteering to gain some experiential learning; don’t forget about “fun time”.

9. Build self-confidence and develop a “can-do” attitude through clear goals, proper strategy and hard work.

10. Smile as much as you can.

Good luck with the new academic year!

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