How can students get ahead?
Take advantage of every opportunity. If the faculty member offers extra credit work, do it. If your schedule allows you to meet with the professor during office hours, do it. If there is a study session before an exam, go to it. Don’t fall behind, don’t skip class, and don’t get lazy.
Ten of the tips below were entered, as well, in answer to the question about how to have a successful first semester. The same habits are going to help you get ahead throughout your college career. Several others have been added that should work to your advantage as you go through your college years.
Tips for Getting Ahead in College
1. Go to all of your classes.
2. Participate in all seminars which are offered in conjunction with your scheduled classes.
3. Prepare all of your assignments.
4. Prepare effectively for all tests and examinations. Joining a study group could help you to process the material that has been presented in your classes.
5. Participate actively in small-group or class discussions.
6. Be on time for all classes, seminars, and test sessions, as well as in turning in assignments.
7. Develop good relationships with your professors and other instructors.
8. Take advantage of Study Abroad opportunities.
9. If appropriate, arrange to do research with a professor in an area that interests you.
10. Participate in the internship program offered through your college. Look into internships early enough each year to enable you to get the kind of internships that will interest you and will move you toward your goals.
11. Seek academic help if you find that you need it. Most institutions will offer tutoring in subjects in which students are having difficulty. Make an appointment to see your professor if you need additional clarification.
12. Seek emotional support if you find yourself hitting a “low point”. Most institutions offer such help through their student services offices.
13. Find your “niche” (something that you enjoy doing and which you can commit to). This will help you broaden your circle of friends and acquaintances.
14. Become involved – academically, extracurricularly, and socially.
15. Assume leadership or supportive roles in the extracurricular activities to which you have committed.
16. Have fun, but stay focused on why you’re in college in the first place.
If you keep these tips in mind, you should be able to have a wonderfully productive and fun college career!
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