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Monday, April 11, 2011

Increase Your Chances of Achieving Academic Success

Written by, Trina Moody
Campus Recruiting Leader
Dallas, TX

Being in college is one of the most exciting times of your life! It’s a time to grow, it’s a time to “live,” – it’s a time to figure out who you are. It’s also one of the most academically oriented times of your life-where mastering the art of how to study is of the up-most importance. Here are a few suggestions on how to make the most of your study time:

Suggestion 1. Read the material to be covered in class before-hand.

At the beginning of the semester, most professors (i.e. instructors) share with their students a syllabus. A syllabus is an outline of what topics will be studied through your time in a particular course. Make the most of this information! Figure out what your professor is going to be covering in your next class session and read the material for it in advance of your next class time. Doing so will dramatically change the type of “in-class” experience you will have. Instead of trying to understand and comprehend the new material all at the same time, you’ll be able to reiterate your understanding of some of the concepts covered and be able to ask questions on the items that you are unsure about. 30 to 45 minutes of “pre-reading” can make a world of difference.

Suggestion 2. Make Use of Your Professor’s Office Hours

Each professor (instructor), on a weekly basis, sets aside what they call “student office hours.” These is the timeframe in which students, who are in his/her class, may come by and ask questions about the material being covered in class. Make the most of this time. Most students do not take advantage of this opportunity to have one-on-one instruction. Schedule a weekly 30 minute timeframe with your instructor, during his/her student office hours, so that you may ask questions about the material currently being covered. Not only will this ensure that you are on the right page in understanding concepts-this will also make you stand out in regards to your professor knowing who you are. Down the road, when you need a professional reference, him/her knowing you may come in handy.

Suggestion 3. Create a Weekly Study Schedule - And Stick To It

Creating a weekly study schedule will allow you to plan, in advance, when you are going study (and when you are going to accomplish things outside of studying—i.e. work, spending time with friends, and etc.). Creating a routine for yourself will help ensure that you give yourself time to focus on the material being covered in your classes (that you will later be tested on/expected to know).

Suggestion 4. Don’t Just Read the Material - Test Yourself!

Setting aside time to read the material being taught in class is great; however, take it to the next level. Create and/or look for sample test questions. This will allow you to test your understanding of the material before your professor does. Doing so will help you identify which concepts you need to revisit/review. 

Again, college is one of the most exciting times of your life. Make it more enjoyable by implementing a few of these study tips - so that you can get the results that you’re looking for.

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