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5 Tips To Succeed In College

The transition from high school to college involves so many changes that are exciting but nerve-racking at the same time. Many students find the shift in academics very difficult to balance and prepare for. Having gone through this transition myself here are 5 tips to help make the adjustment to college level classes as smooth as possible.

1. Know the Available Resources: Colleges have a multitude of resources available to students to help them academically such as writing centers, tutors, libraries, databases, and professor office hours. Set yourself up for success by taking advantage of these resources as they can only help you and you've already paid for it.  There is nothing wrong with asking for help and it's a great way to make connections to professors, librarians, and other students that can be a resource and network connection for you to use in the future.

2. Determine Your Study Method: The material and content in college classes takes a large leap in difficulty level and that means refining or even making study habits. Many times what used to work for high school classes is not enough to learn and understand college level classes. There are many different methods to studying and its key to find which one works best for you. Not only is the method of studying important, but who you choose to study with is just as critical. Group studying can be very beneficial but also distracting with the wrong people.  

3. Use a Planner: Planners or agendas are a great tool to help keep you on schedule. There's so many due dates for different projects, homework, and exams and keeping them organized in one place helps you know what to get done and when. Everyone has busy lives but a planner helps you stay on top so you aren't falling behind. Nothing feels better than crossing days off the calendar and assignments off a to-do list.

4. Take Care of Yourself: Your body and brain need to be taken care of to function properly. It is important to get the right amount of sleep each night. If you are too tired in class you aren't retaining information or engaging in class. It is also important to eat healthier which can be very tricky when you have the freedom to choose whatever you want for meals. The dining hall may be buffet style but portion control is an easy step to eating healthier. Working out is a great way to get body moving and the brain functioning at its top level.    

5. Find the Balance: Balancing class work with all the other aspects of college such as work, clubs, sports, or a social life can be tricky to adjust to. It is important to prioritize classwork and knowing what assignments may take longer than others to give yourself enough time to complete them on time. You don't want to be procrastinating assignments as that will diminish the quality of the work as you rush to get it finished. College is a balancing act and it is important to use proper time management right from the start. 
Amanda D
Math & Science Physical Therapy Major Tutor
Nazareth College
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