Archive for Academic Success

The Internet: Friend or Foe?

No question about it. The internet is a tremendous resource, especially for students looking forward to starting great careers. Not only is the web a great reference tool for your studies, it is the fastest and most convenient source for the latest company information, job postings and other information you need in the job search. You can easily do research on half a dozen potential employers in one evening, without ever leaving your room – something totally unimaginable just a few years ago.

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Cheat Sheets: The Legal Kind

Even though you would never act on the idea, the idea of cheating has probably crossed your mind at some point. You know grades are important, so on a tough exam…a cheat sheet sure could come in handy. And who would ever know?

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“Cheat Sheets” Can Lead to College Success

Want to improve your college study skills? Want to do better on tests?

 

Making cheat sheets can help.

 

Notice I said make and not use – – big difference.

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Get Inside Your Professor’s Head

How do you get something you want from a family member or friend? Whether you realize it or not, you use what you know about that person’s interests, values, and motivation. You make a deal with your parents by offering something you know they value. You get your roommate to drive you to class by promising to help her with an assignment she’s been dreading. When you understand what makes someone tick, you’re much more likely to get what you want from that person. It’s not manipulation, just a great survival skill.

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Power Studying to a Better GPA

To be as successful as you can be academically, it’s not enough that you study. You need to make good decisions as to where and when you study. Let’s focus on where.

At the risk of boring you with common sense or sounding like somebody’s mom, let’s first talk about where not to study. Anywhere there is a TV, talking, loud music, or a lot of movement can be quickly eliminated. Let’s face it. You’re not that fired up about Statistics. You probably enjoy it about as much as a trip to the dentist. Given that, you’ll settle for just about any distraction possible to pull your head out of your notes. Said another way, if you study any place where you can be distracted, you will be. And that means one of two things: either you won’t do well on the exam, or you’re going to spend a whole lot more time studying for it than you would have otherwise.

If you haven’t tried the library, I’d highly recommend it. Find an out-of-the-way corner and plan to stay for a while. Just avoid the “Social Section,” the area where hordes of “C” students gather for literally hours at a time to talk about how unprepared they are for the exam tomorrow. You’ll know the “Social Section” when you see it. Avoid it like the plague.

Get serious. Focus on what you’re doing so you can maximize your results with a minimum amount of effort. No friends, no phones, and no potential candidates for a big date on Saturday night.

You’ll get your studying done faster and then be able to concentrate on these other highly important issues.

Winter Break

You have finally finished exams and your holiday shopping, and you are on your way home for great food and relaxation. In fact, you could be categorized as a professional at this. You catch up on all the sleep you missed throughout the semester, you get together with high school friends, you watch tons of TV shows and movies, and read your favorite magazines. But your winter break needs to be much more than this! Here are some additional things you should be doing over the break:

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Making Finals Week a Competitive Advantage

Two weeks a year. They can be the difference between success and failure in college.

Twice a year, for one week at the end of each semester, you have to opportunity to make a dramatic impact on your G.P.A. Unfortunately, all too often, the “impact” is in the wrong direction and an entire semester of hard work suddenly seems like a tremendous waste of time. Read more

Finals: Gain a Major Advantage

A fundamental problem with finals week is volume – so many exams, so little time. You know the program. And while fairly simple time management techniques can help alleviate the finals crunch, it’s important to set priorities as well. If you want to achieve college success what should be your priority number one? Classes in your major. Read more

Participation Makes the Difference

Of course, showing up to class is one of the most important college tips that you can receive, but making college count is much more than just being present in class. Some classes in college have a participation component. The professor might encourage feedback from students during class. You may have to discuss the reading you had to do for homework, or participate in a class policy discussion. Take a closer look at your syllabus. Chances are there is a breakdown of the grading in the class and part of it (especially for smaller classes) is a participation component. This component of grading is no joke. It can take you from a B to an A or, from a B to a C, depending on whether you participate or not. Because of this importance, class participation is key to college survival. Read more