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The university wants you to succeed and if you met the entry requirements, you have the capabilities to earn your degree. These suggestions are derived from those who were successful. Some may seem repetitious in nature, nevertheless there are different nuances in each of these admonitions.
BRING AN OPEN MIND, NOT A VACANT ONE.
You are at university to learn, not find verification of your own biases and prejudices. You are going to face intellectual challenges to many of your pet theories, personal beliefs and values. The challenges do not mean what you consider dear or important are necessarily incorrect, but it does mean you may have to rethink the reasons why you hold them.
GO TO CLASS
Learn to handle the ‘grunt work’ and then you will demonstrate a pattern of good work habits that can only enhance your achievement. Once in class, pay attention. You will soon realize that collegiate studies are not an extension of the high school experience.
GO TO CLASS EVEN IF YOUR ARE GOING TO BE LATE
Too often students arrive a few minutes late, feel embarrassed and leave. You should simply slip into the class as quietly as possible, sit in the back of the class and then, make it a point to apologize to the professor after the class if finished.
GO TO CLASS PREPARED
If you didn’t do the required reading or research before hand, you will likely not understand what the professor is talking about. Such lack of understanding will certainly make any presentation boring.
TYPE YOUR NOTES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Sitting down at the computer and typing up your notes is an excellent way to remember the material presented in the class.
SIT AS CLOSE TO THE FRONT OF THE LECTURE ROOM AS POSSIBLE
It is easier to hear a professor’s lectures or comments, see materials if he or she is using A-V equipment, and be more easily identifiable by the professor when that all important letter of reference becomes necessary later in your academic career.
SHARE YOUR NOTES
You should share what you got out of a class and that favor should be returned by others with whom you study. You may learn that you missed an important fact, your notes were were incomplete or even incorrectly prepared. Studying together means, helping others as well as yourself master the material incomplete or even incorrectly prepared. Studying together means, helping others as well as yourself master the material.