Some suggestions for doing well in college

 

·Buy required books the first day or two of school, or find them on reserve at the library.

·Resolve from the beginning to keep up with homework. Schedule study time and stick to it. Assume you'll need six hours a week for your history class--more if you read slowly.

·Find a pocket calendar and, using your syllabi/green sheets, fill in the dates of major assignments and tests in every class. Figure backwards so you have enough time to write papers, study for tests, etc. Block out the time. Look at the calendar often; cross things off as you complete them.

·Plan ahead and block out study time NOW for the weeks before midterms and finals. Tell employers, friends, family members well in advance that you'll need a special schedule.

·Make notes in your books (use pencil if you wish to sell the books back.) Re-read main text; never read when you're tired.

·Keep asking yourself what are the main ideas in the part you are reading. What examples of those ideas do you have?

·Consider your learning style. If you're an auditory learner, read aloud to yourself. If you're a kinesthetic (tactile) learner, write notes or draw pictures of what you're reading. Do what it takes to make yourself learn: flashcards, outlines.

·Find a place without distractions to study--even if it means going to a cafe or library.

·If you have trouble keeping up with fast lectures in class, ask questions, ask the teacher to slow down, and/or ask the teacher if you can tape record the lecture.

·Never try to write down every point the teacher makes in class. Listen carefully for what seem to be main points and examples of those points. Write those down.

·When studying for an essay test, try to boil readings and lecture notes down to one page of notes in outline form. (Write small!) Study the page until you know it.