Whether you are a high school senior or you have been out of school for several years, if you are considering starting college soon, you might be wondering what you can do to succeed. While there are many things you need to do to find success as a college student, here are four secrets of college success.
Do Not Overload Yourself
In general, your college classes are going to be harder than the classes you took in high school. While this should not scare you away from going to college, it should cause you to approach at least your first semester of college with care. You may want to take a smaller course load your first term. Then you can assess the difficulty of your classes and get a better feel for how many credits you can realistically take.
If you ever find that you have taken on a heavier schedule than you can handle, drop a class or two as soon as possible. While you will sometimes only get back part of your tuition, dropping a class and losing out on some money is better than failing a course. Plus, if you drop one class, you will have more time to focus on your other courses.
Ask for Help
Whether out of stubbornness or unwillingness to admit they need help, some people do not want to ask for assistance. Teachers, classmates, and friends who have previously taken the class are often willing to help. The sooner you ask for help, the better. In many cases, asking for help can help you avoid having to either drop the course or take a failing grade. Meeting with your teacher could help you as well as your classmates. Perhaps, the teacher did not adequately explain a particular concept. If you are the fifth student to come in asking about it, the teacher will likely realize this is something that needs to be reexplained in class. Other times, your classmates or friends can explain information in a new way, which may make it make clearer.
No matter how hard you try to make it to every class, things might come up. Maybe you get sick and miss a class along with the material covered during that class period. If you live several miles from campus, even if you leave early, you could experience a traffic or weather delay that causes you to miss at least the beginning of class. A lot of different situations could arise, which may lead to you missing a class or two. Find at least one friend in each of your classes. This works especially well if you have several classes with this friend, particularly if you share a major and will continue to have classes together. This person can provide you with notes from any classes you miss.
Do not abuse this friendship, though. You still need to attend class when you are able, and you should be available to help your friend with notes and other information if your friend ever misses class.
Having a friend in class also works well when it comes time to study. You can compare notes, quiz each other, and explain difficult topics to each other. Sometimes, one of you might have forgotten to record important information from class discussions or from the reading.
That leads us perfectly into the final way you can succeed in college. One of the keys to studying is that it should be done throughout the course, not just the night before a test. Review your notes regularly, making sure information is sticking with you. It is also important to find the way or ways you study best. Do you need a silent room? Do you learn best when music is playing in the background? Do you prefer to study alone, or do you study best with a friend? You may find combining study methods works best for you. Maybe you will want to study alone most of the term, and then study with a friend or a group a few days before the test, just to make sure you remember the important information.
Overall, college success is about being responsible and finding how you learn best. Contact us if you want to learn more about succeeding in college.