Top 10 Tips for College Success

Top 10 Tips for College Success

August 20, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


Do you ever feel like college is overwhelming and you don’t know how to improve your academic performance? Well today we are going to go over our top ten tips for succeeding in college. Hi, I’m Peter from the Northampton Community College Learning Center. Where our mission here is to promote independent learning and help students reach their academic potential. Today, we are going to cover our top ten tips for succeeding in college. If you follow these guidelines, you will be primed to achieve your full academic potential here in college. Number one. Go to class and participate. Arrive early, take notes, ask questions, and learn as much as you possibly can. The better you can understand the information in the classroom, the easier your studying will be going forward. Number two. Use a calendar. College has a ton of deadlines and assignments to keep track of, so trying to keep it all in your head is a surefire recipe for disaster. Use the calendar application that is attached to your student email or buy a paper planner instead so you can keep track of everything. Number three. Read the syllabus. This is your road map to the class. So spend a few minutes early on in the semester going through it you understand how the course is structured. Then spend some time and put all the assignments and deadlines into your calendar so you don’t forget them. Number four. Use your textbook to your advantage. Professors expect you to know the textbook information in addition to what is covered in lectures, so don’t assume that what is on the slides is the only thing you need to know for the class. Get the textbook so you always have access to it to study and make notes. Number five. Learn how to study. Find the note-taking style that works for you and use technology to help enhance your learning style. A simple web search will uncover a ton of
different websites and applications that can help you engage with the material in different ways. Number six. Don’t procrastinate. This may sound simple, but procrastination can derail your entire semester. Instead, use active strategies to stay on top of your assignments so you don’t have to cram it all in right at the end. Number seven. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. College courses can be challenging, so if you are starting to struggle, just ask for help. The Learning Center has tutors on a wide
variety of subjects that can give you individualized support and help you succeed. The best part is that it is free for all NCC
students! Number eight. Pursue your passion. Understand degree programs and how they fit into your long term goals by meeting with an advisor. If you aren’t sure what you want to do, go to Career Services and take a skills or personality inventory. Number nine. Get involved. Joining a study group, club, or student organization can be a great way to meet your peers. Besides being fun, studies show that
students who are involved on campus get better grades and are more likely to graduate. Number ten. Take care of yourself. College is a busy time, so make sure your
body is functioning optimally. This means getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, and being active. Now it’s your turn. Use these ten tips to maximize your
potential in college. If you found this video helpful, please give us a like and subscribe. Good luck studying!