How to be Successful In College

The transition from high school to college can often be a rough one, but here are some tips that will increase your chances of being successful!

Be sure to choose the right school

This is the first and most important step for high school students, and it is necessary. Make sure you like the school you’re going to go to. Visit it several times. Ask questions. Get a feel of what life is like there, because if you are not happy with your school it will be much harder to be successful there!

Remember what you’re paying for

College costs a lot of money, so keep that in mind when you’re there. When you skip class you waste money. When you don’t get enough sleep before an exam and do poorly, you waste money. When you look at it from that angle, class seems more worthwhile. Plus it’ll help you achieve good grades.

Get your priorities straight

Although that party sounds like a really good time, you have an exam at 8 am. This kind of situation causes all kinds of college students to fail. Remember that school comes first. There will be plenty of other opportunities for having fun.

Get organized

Nothing is worse than trying to juggle your schedule of classes and exams while trying to study and remember what is when! My suggestion is that you get a planner for the year and write down everything from your syllabus. That way instead of carrying 4 or 5 different pieces of paper to figure out what you’re doing for the week, it’s all neatly written in one place.

Set aside time to study

It might sound silly to the non-college student, but it really is necessary sometimes. It’s good to plot out what you’re doing ahead of time so you can stay on task and not fall behind. When there’s no one telling you what to do, it’s easy to fall behind. Just make sure you understand that you really do have to study in college, and it is challenging sometimes.

Eat well

This is one of the most important things to remember. Staying healthy in college is so important because you really have to focus and be able to get things done. Eating pizza every day is not going to cut it. Make sure to incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet, which every school dining hall provides. If you feel healthy, you’ll accomplish more.

Get your sleep

It has been proven through several studies that people in the ages of young adulthood need at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night, if not more. It is tempting to get into the habit of staying up late in college, but sleep deprivation is not going to earn you As. Get your studying done early and don’t procrastinate, because it is essential to get your sleep.

Following these simple but important steps can lead to success in college. If you want to succeed, the choice is yours. By choosing a school you like, being organized and well-planned about your life, and taking care of yourself, it shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve the grades you want. Also remember though, that college is only partly about the grades. The rest is about the experience, so make sure you get the most out of your time in school!

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