Tips Relating to Attitude

  • Go to all your classes.
  • Before taking a class, research it; learn what it’s about and know why you’re taking it.
  • Keep important textbooks as resources rather than sell them.
  • When you’re having trouble with a course, seek help immediately, perhaps at the Student Learning Commons.
  • Apply what you learn in one course to your other course work. Making connections to other classes helps retain information.
  • Know your core requirements. Learn the system. Read your catalog.
  • Visit your instructors at the beginning of each term. Introduce yourself.
  • Concentration involves attention, comprehension and retention.
  • Motivation is built on attitude and success. Set short-term goals. Reward effort.
  • Relaxation, exercise and thoughtful nutrition improve performance.

Time Management Tips

  • Make a study plan for each course.
  • Schedule your study time (during the day).
  • Map out all of your large assignments for all classes on a calendar to see where the “log jams” occur. If you see “log jams,” chose to do some large assignments early to alleviate the pile up of large amounts of work.
  • Use your free time between classes to study in the library rather than return to your residence hall.
  • Treat your role as a student as a 40-hour-per-week “day” job, meaning try to complete all of your studying and course work during the day, rather than at night when there are many more distractions.
  • Review notes for each of your subjects on a daily basis.
  • Preview your textbooks prior to the lecture.
  • Look over class notes as soon as possible after class has ended to identify areas of confusion.
  • Short, frequent reviews of material are most effective for memory.
  • Do assignments as soon as possible. Leaving assignments for the last minute means you won’t have time to ask the professor for help/clarification if you need it.

Techniques for Improving Your GPA

  • Get to know your instructor.
  • Keep a copy of every assignment, paper, project, and lab report that you turn in.
    Have someone look over assignments before you turn them in. Visit the Student Learning Commons at the Library.
  • Anticipate exam questions by actively listening in class.
    Date your notes and keep them separate.
  • Study with others in small groups.
  • Study in the library.
  • Sit at the front of the classroom.
  • Make notes in the margins of your textbook (rather than highlighting passages) during class lectures to supplement your reading.
  • Know your learning style.