- Pay attention to the syllabus. The syllabus for each class details important information, explains grading, provides dates for tests and assignments, and allows you to plan ahead.
- Attend every class. Using your own notes is better than borrowing someone else's notes. You miss a lot when you are not in class. Professors also recognize that you are there every day even if they don't take attendance.
- Complete all assignments no matter the point value. Those 2 to 5 point assignments add up and can make a difference.
- Sit toward the front of the class. You can see and hear better and will absorb more of the lecture. When you sit in front, it forces you to be more involved.
- Ask questions. If you miss something in the lecture, ask the professor to repeat it. If you don't understand something, ask for clarification. If you don't know it now and you don't clarify it in your notes, you won't know it on the test.
- Participate in class discussions. It shows you are actively learning and taking part in the class. Participation increases your level of knowledge and understanding.
- Study in groups. Structured group studying gives you an opportunity to discuss material. In-depth discussion reflects knowledge and understanding of the material. If you can explain the material to someone else, you are able to measure your own understanding of the material.
- Review class content regularly. Long-term learning is less likely to take place with extended study sessions before an exam.
- Aren't hesitant to talk to their professor during his or her office hours.
- Learn how to use the library. Ask the library staff to explain how to use the resources. You will be spending much time in the library throughout your university career. The sooner you learn how to use it, the better off you will be.
- Seek help if they need it! There are a number of offices on campus that can help you academically. Writing Specialist can critique your written assignments and help you improve your writing skills. The Math Specialist can help you with math problems and clarify approaches to understanding and solving math related concerns. The Reading Specialist offers techniques for increasing reading speed and comprehension. Peer tutors offer assistance in the content of courses and model successful academic behaviors.
Your academic advisor and members of the ARC staff can provide valuable assistance if you have academic concerns.