Keys to Success
The transition to college can be both exciting and stressful. Here are some tips to help you take charge from the very beginning.
Work on your study skills and time management. Here are some specific ways to do this:
- Attend class. This is probably the most important key to academic success. Make sure you attend each and every class. It matters!
- Use your calendar—put all assignments and deadlines where you can see them. Also list work, recreation, and extracurricular activities.
- Keep up with each class. Cramming doesn’t work. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete an assignment or study for a test.
- Do your reading assignments. There is a reason they were assigned.
- Study every day. Don’t wait until an assignment is due or a test is coming up.
- Ask for help. Talk to your instructor or get tutoring immediately.
- Use the Time Management Worksheet to help you take control of your schedule.
Know the syllabus. Do you know how your grade is structured in each class? Do you know when assignments are due? Make certain that you know where your grade stands in each class after an assignment or test. Know the class attendance policy and any other class policies.
Visit your class instructors. Take advantage of your instructor’s office hours to discuss your concerns and ask for help.
Keep track of deadlines and policies. The UD website lists policies under Need to Know and lists deadlines on the UD Event Calendar. Other good places to refer to are the Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin and the Registrar’s website.
Read your IU Bloomington email. The university’s official method of communication is by email. Important information is conveyed by your instructors and your advisor. Reading your email daily will enable you to keep up with deadlines and policies, too.
Take advantage of resources on campus. There are many free resources available to you. Take the initiative to utilize these services.
Create a healthy learning environment. Make sure such things as your living situation, friends and sleep schedule all contribute to your success.
Set short-term goals. What do you hope to achieve this semester? What do you need to do to accomplish these goals? Did you have problems reaching similar goals in the past? Write several goals for this current semester and share these with your advisor.
Think “long term.” What do you hope to accomplish in college? Are you exploring several majors? Do you have a longer-term plan? What are your values and what do you hope to accomplish in life? Considering your long-term goals can help you stay motivated and give you direction during your college career.