Set academic and personal goals that matter to you
Discover a motivating force: Find a passion in learning and make your education meaningful. What would you like to accomplish in your life or career? What would you like to accomplish by the end of this semester? Put your goals in writing and use them to motivate you!
Meet and get to know your professors
A faculty connection makes a huge difference in the way you will view your education. Often times students avoid their professors because they feel intimated. While those feelings are common, don’t let that stand in the way. Your professors are not only a knowledgeable and important resource, but they love to meet and hear from their students. Office hours are a great time to ask questions about course material, homework assignments, or discuss your interest in the course topic.
Know and use your campus resources
Your academic advisor or the Academic Support and Career Services Office are great places to get answers to any academic questions or concerns.
Learn to manage your time
Learn how to use your time to balance your academic needs as well as work and family needs. Evaluate how you use your time and see how you spend it. Make a schedule and use a planner to keep up with your assigned reading and homework. Study consistently and tackle your most difficult subjects first. Learn to say no to distractions.