It may come as a surprise, but college isn’t just about hanging out and having a good time. I know, shocker! All joking aside, academics have been one of my favorite parts of college, and I’ve gotten pretty good at them. I love that I’m finally at the point in my college career where it’s not just about getting a good GPA and getting through required courses. Now, instead, I’m learning things that will drastically expand my future and inspire my actions. However, to get to this point, it took a lot of hard work. Heck, it’s still hard work, it’s just a little more enjoyable. I’ve compiled my top 5 tips for academic success in college, and while they may seem simple, I promise they can have a huge impact.
ONE// Go to Class
I always find this tip really funny. It seems like common sense, but a lot of people don’t keep it in mind. In college, more often than not, your professors are not taking attendance. That means you are the only one holding you accountable. To do well in college, the first step, is going to class. Just by showing up, you are already doing way better than the people who didn’t. Bonus if you sit in the front row, which forces you to pay attention.
TWO// Do the Readings
Another seemingly common sense tip- homework is important. Most of the time, your college professors are giving you work because it actually matters to the class. Furthermore, no one wants to be that dummy who has nothing to say when your class starts going off on whatever they explored the night before. Doing the reading will keep you up to speed, and force you to learn a little something on your own.
THREE// Work in the Library
You would be amazed at what a change of scenery can do. While I love my dorm room, it often provides a slew of distractions. It’s nice to get away, to a quiet-work focused environment. Also, putting technology aside can do wonders.
FOUR// Get By With a Little Help From Your Friends
Someone was really looking out for me when they paired me with my roommates. Not only did I get placed with a group of amazing girls, who I will be friends with for the rest of my life, but they are also incredibly hard working and intelligent people. Most nights in our dorm are spent conversing, studying, and doing homework. There’s a lot of focus and support coming from all sides, which is super helpful. Trust me, if you find the right people, who share your motivation, your grades will benefit.
If you’ve got any tips you think I’ve forgotten, feel free to share them in the comments below. Let me know what you’re looking forward to most about this academic year!