College life can be overwhelming, especially if you are not prepared.
Good, consistent habits. That is what you need to be successful in college. But that sounds too easy, right? In reality, we have different definitions for ‘good’.
But of course, you should also know how you define ‘success’, as the first step in being accomplished in college.
Prove Your Participation
The reasons of the professors differ with one another, but most of them consider students’ participation as a big deal, when calculating the final grades.
This might make you think that raising your hand every day is the key to get those good grades, but there are other ways to show your participation in classes. Some days, taking long notes and bringing the required class materials are enough. Also, being attentive during the lectures can be helpful. Showing that you listen actively to the lessons can yield you plus points, as well.
Many graduate students helped their professors in doing research projects, before. Nowadays, undergraduates do such projects to go into graduate school. But what if you are not going into graduate school? Are you still going to pursue doing this? Let’s just say this would not hurt your prospects for future employment.
Success in college translates to being successful in the future, too. Conducting such research projects could be a great addition to your resumé. This could show the employers that you would do good in the workplace.
Ask for Help, Not a Handout
Let’s all be honest: it is not easy to survive throughout your college years. And it might be even harder if you experience some sudden personal turmoils along the way. You can explain such instances to your professors and for sure, they are going to accommodate you as much as possible.
But being too ‘busy’ so you aren’t able to finish your written tasks or projects is not a valid reason. You must accept the consequences of not managing your time well (e.g. having lower grades).
Get a Tutor
Seeking out assistance is not a bad idea. Such a college hack you should try to do is getting a tutor.
There are many tutoring resources organized by most colleges and universities.
One is a TA session, in which a graduate student who works for a professor or an upperclassman, does a review tutorial. You may also take rough drafts of papers in a writing center, and ask for feedback. There are also librarians who you can ask to help you navigate the library, to get more information in advance of your class lessons.
Master a Second Language
Your college years are a great time to immerse yourself in foreign language. Being bilingual makes you stand out from the rest; it can also be beneficial for your future endeavours. Learning to write and speak another language adds to your marketable traits. Business skills, along with knowledge of another language, are favored by employers.
Studying foreign language can also improve your analytical and listening skills, and memory.
If you are studying abroad, try residing with a local family to practice what you learned in class.
Sit Front Center in Classes
Do you avoid sitting in front of your classes, so you would not get your professor’s attention? Well, that will not do you good.
As much as possible, sit in the front/center. Besides being able to listen fully to what your professor is tackling, you would also steer clear of distractions that sitting behind could bring.
Form a Study Group
A study group could be beneficial, depending on your course. Nearing deadlines could provoke your classmates to join forces with one another. This might be slow to organize at first, so take the initiative to make this flow smoothly.
If you are dealing with large amounts of paper reading, try dividing them up in your group. Each person can study their assigned part and explain it to you and your other peers, according to their understanding.
Besides lessening the workload, this is also a chance to form a bond with your classmates!
Get Work Experience
An internship is a big deal in your college years. Snagging one is the first step before venturing into the real world, aka getting your first real job.
There are many reasons why having a work experience while in college is an investment in your future.
It gives you the opportunity to network with other professionals, even while you are still studying. Networking can help you acquire recommendations, which in turn, can give you more job opportunities.
A strong resumé is also vital for any college student. Internship is key to building experience, which will yield you a solid profile in your curriculum vitaé.
Among the eight tips mentioned above, which would be the most impactful for your current situation? Do you have others tips for college success that you can share?