7 student success tips from the experts
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Tip One: Use a Daily Planner
Whether it is in the form of a written list or a
digital app, a daily planner can help you keep
track of your busy schedule.
Tips for using a daily planner:
List and complete tasks in order of highest to lowest priority.
Note important deadlines such as add/drop dates, registration dates, exam dates and
assignment due dates.
Include daily, weekly and monthly items.
Review your planner often and make changes where necessary.
Expert Michelle Curtis-Bailey,
admissions advisor at Stony Brook University
Tip Two: Join Study Groups
Study groups facilitate learning by allowing you
to fill gaps in your notes, ask questions and
reinforce your knowledge with your peers.
Tips for study groups:
Form study groups where you can work through assignments together. The library
might be too quiet for discussions.
Make it a fun, social activity where you can collaborate over coffee or dinner.
Try to get together at least once a week.
Prepare for the study sessions by coming up with questions and topics to discuss.
Expert Ann Marie Klotz, dean for
campus life at the New York Institute of Technology
Tip Three: Set Realistic Goals
Setting goals is an important part of success,
but if you set your sights too high, you might
Tips for setting realistic goals:
Identify your goals as either short-term or long-term and write them down.
Create daily action plans that you will use to complete each goal. Be as specific as
Keep your goals in a place where you can physically see them every day.
Track your progress.
Expert Hope Walton, director of
the Academic Skills Center at the University of Richmond in Virginia
Tip Four: Utilize Campus Resources
Your schools resources are there for your benefit, so make the most of them as you
complete your education.
Tips for utilizing campus resources:
Talk with an academic advisor about their recommendations for your class schedule.
Make use of the library to check out books related to your field of study.
Visit with a career advisor to learn about available internships or jobs.
Discuss scholarship and loan options with the financial aid department.
Expert Susan Dennett, academic
dean for Northwood Universitys Florida campus
Tip Five: Stop Procrastinating
Procrastination is the plague of many college
students. It not only slows down productivity,
but it also causes a lot of unnecessary stress.
Tips for stopping procrastination:
Close social media and put your phone away while you study.
Tell your friends and family about what you need to do so you can be held accountable.
Get into a routine of doing homework and studying before your leisure activities.
Do as much as you can well in advance of the deadlines.
Expert Celestine Chua, founder of
Tip Six: Use Proper Email Etiquette
Email already has the disadvantage of
displaying no body language or tone of voice,
so using proper email etiquette is a must!
Tips for email etiquette:
Use courteous greetings and closings.
Address the person using his or her title, e.g., Mr./Mrs./Ms., Dean, Dr. or simply
Dont use all caps; it comes off as shouting.
Words such as please and thank you go a long way.
Proofread and use spellcheck on all emails.
Expert Ann Marie Gardinier
Halstead, professor at St. Lawrence University
Tip Seven: Keep Eyes on the Prize
When you feel bogged down by homework,
group projects and tests, it can be easy to lose
sight of the big picture.
Tips for keeping your eyes on the prize:
Visualize yourself doing what you love in the career you want.
Write down everything you have accomplished thus far that has helped get
you to where you are today.
Keep sight of your long-term goals and remember that every day is another step
closer to achieving those goals.
Expert Sharon Donnelly, director
of counseling at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA
Tips One, Two, Three, Four and Seven: http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/nerdscholar/2014/expert-advice-9-time-management-tips-freshmen/
Tip Five: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/11-practical-ways-to-stop-procrastination.html
Tip Six: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ann-marie-gardinier-halstead/a-professors-pointers-for_b_5654706.html