After graduating from University, I learned some important college success tips. I took college pretty seriously since I was spending so much money (Ok, borrowing upwards of $50,000), but I still wanted to have fun and meet new people. Really live the college experience.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t have the best of both worlds. Use these 6 tips to be successful in college, while still having the best 4 years of your life:
1. Attend Class
My major required attendance (It counted for 30% of our grade!), so this was an easy one for me. I don’t mean it was easy to get up for an 8AM after going out the night before, but I always made sure to go to class and nap later.
This is something I would strongly recommend you do as well. Some professors have participation points you can only earn by attending class or hold pop quizzes. It may seem like a minor amount you’d be skipping, but if you get a zero on a third of your grade, your test scores will have to be phenomenal to pass! Make sure to attend class and pay attention. The information will be worth your time.
2. Manage Your Time
Sometimes I feel like professors get together and think of ways to make their students stress out. I would have 3 HUGE projects all due the exact same week (By huge, I mean they’d each have over 50hrs worth of work that I’d have to invest to complete them). Being able to complete things on time wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t manage my time.
For time management, I had 3 color-coded planners. That might be a little excessive. A planner like the one below would be a great choice to use this school year. But planners are only helpful if you use them. Be sure to keep track of major projects, know when tests are coming up, and look at your weekly workload ahead of time so you don’t end up scrambling last minute to finish things.
3. Budget Your Social Life
My favorite part (And probably why a lot of people go to college) is meeting new people from all over. I love socializing at the coffee shop, with friends in my dorm, and attending parties. But college has to be more than just one big party.
If you’re looking ahead at your weekly workload, you will know the days that you’re going to need to take time to focus and study. Be sure to put your studies first, then socialize when you’re finished. Also, be sure to socialize and get out of your dorm. Getting amazing grades and doing well is great, but meeting new people and networking is life.
4. Find Study Groups or Like Minded People
I never had to study in high school and rarely did in college, but I still got together with friends to study. I would recommend everyone does the same.
Getting together with people in your major or same classes helps you talk through the information and learn better. You can ask questions that they may know the answers to or voice your frustrations if you are seriously struggling on a topic. These groups help hold you accountable and motivate you. Also, you never know where these connections might lead you in life.
5. Take Studying & Homework Seriously
Even if you’re someone that doesn’t normally have to study, or you believe that a lot of homework is given as busy work (It probably is, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s homework), you still need to be serious. A lot of the things you’re learning in school are setting you up to be successful in your future career. And you should be taking your future career seriously.
6. Have Fun
With all of this studying and being serious, it can be easy to forget that college is FUN! Go out, meet people, destress, and love your life. You’re an official adult but you don’t have the worries and stress that will come post-graduation. Some people say that high school is the best four years, but that’s only because they didn’t go to college.
Study abroad, make lasting connections, and take time to appreciate where you are in this moment. Soon you’re going to blink and be wearing the cap and gown. Thankfully, you’ll be prepared because you followed these college success tips.