Good Study Skills to Achieve Success
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Succeeding in the classroom isn’t necessarily hard, but it does take hard work. Here is the formula for success:
Read the syllabus to find out when assignments are due, when tests are scheduled, and how grades are determined. Ask questions to clarify doubts!
Go to every class. Never miss.
Sit near the front in class. It will help you stay focused.
Find a study partner or group in every class.
good notes. After every class, rework/rewrite/ reorganize your notes to increase your retention of the information. Start studying for every exam at least 7 days in advance. Don’t cram at the last minute — it usually doesn’t pay off.
At the beginning of each semester, ask yourself:
Study 2 hours for every hour you are in class.
Manage your time wisely.
Never let a week go by where you don’t understand the content in your courses.
If you are confused or lost in a class, visit your professor, go to a help lab or study with a friend. Use your campus resources — they are there to help you.
Adapted from Student Guide to Creating a Successful College Experience (Gallup-Purdue Index)