7 Secrets of Successful Students

A new year is your chance at a fresh start or a new perspective. Have you vowed to be a better student or earn better grades? 2012 is the perfect time to start paving your way to greater student success.

Success is directly related to the effort we put forth.  Successful students know how to apply simple principles to maximize their time and effort. So what are they?

Here are seven secrets that successful students know:

1. Go to class. Half the battle is getting yourself to class. If you skip class once, chances are you’ll do it again. It’s one thing to be sick, but it’s entirely another to be lazy. Remember: you’re paying for your education. You might as well show up.

2. Read your syllabus. The teacher might not have time to review the entire syllabus in class. Save yourself a headache (or five) and be aware of each teacher’s attendance policy, grading scale, cellphone/laptop use guidelines, and anything else that it is in the syllabus.

3. Talk to your teacher. Introduce yourself, raise your hand in class, and stop by the teacher’s office hours. In general, get them to know who you are. In the future, if you have an issue, they will be more likely to help you.

4. Use a calendar. Use the calendar app on your phone, Google Calendar, a student planner, or a desk calendar. Mark test days, project due dates, appointments, and other commitments to avoid any scheduling conflicts.

5. Ask questions. Raise your hand in class, visit your teacher’s office hours, or shoot an email to ask any questions you have. That’s what they are there for.

6. Be prepared. Do your homework. Study early to avoid cramming. Don’t hand in sloppy work. Be on time for class. It’s not rocket science, but many students struggle to realize the importance of these simple things.

7. Prioritize. You’re in school to learn. Don’t forget that. Work, friends, activities, and all the rest definitely have their place but shouldn’t take priority away from your education.

Do you have any tips to add? Let us know in the comments!


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