Student Survival 101: Top Ten Tips to Become a Professional Student
Whether you’re returning to school after a multi-decade hiatus or making the transition from high school to college, getting into the swing of things in a new environment can be a challenge. That’s why we at Stautzenberger College have generated a quick guide to help new students excel in school.
- Go to class. Every Class. The easiest way to get ahead is to attend every class every day. This guarantees that you won’t miss any important information or have to depend on someone else for notes. Remember: the more you fall behind, the harder it will be to catch up.
- Become an expert note-taker. Did you know that 20 minutes after everything you learn, 47 percent is forgotten? Find a system that works for you. When in doubt, write down everything.
- Form a study group with your classmates. Split up responsibilities, hold each other accountable and quiz each other on the material.
- Make the learning resource center/library your second home. You will be able to focus more, find other like-minded students and utilize the school’s resources. Sometimes it’s better to study somewhere that allows you to concentrate.
- Learn how to manage your time. Buy a planner and a watch. I know, I know – smart phones eliminate the need for either of these things. The fact is, smart phones are super distracting. By the time you take out your phone to check your schedule, you notice that you’ve gotten a text message and respond, forgetting why you’ve taken your phone out in the first place. In addition, a watch will help you dramatically with testing.
- Manage your stress. Eat a balanced diet, exercise at least three times a week and GET SOME SLEEP. In college, it’s easy to fall victim to all-nighters, fast food and a sedentary lifestyle. If you spend a little time taking care of your body everyday (at least 20 minutes of exercise), your energy levels won’t waiver and you’ll conquer school like a pro.
- Step outside of your comfort zone. You never know what passions you might discover.
- Ask questions. Odds are, someone else is wondering the same exact thing. Getting more details is always a good idea. Your instructors are there to help you become a successful professional, so utilize their knowledge and experience to your benefit.
- Ask for help. At Stautzenberger, we have tutoring available for all courses. Recognize when you need some extra assistance and ask for it.
- When all else fails, stop by the student services office for some guidance. Sometimes it takes another pair of eyes and ears to find a solution. The student services department’s main function is to ensure that students succeed academically, so take advantage of it.
To find out more about student services and other benefits Stautzenberger College offers, visit our website at www.sctoday.edu or call the Brecksville campus at 440-838-1999.
Author: Kelsey Cullen, Community Outreach Coordinator
Author Bio: Kelsey Cullen has been gaining public relations, advertising and marketing experience in the Cleveland-Akron area since 2010. Cullen joined Stautzenberger College as a Community Outreach Coordinator in January 2016. She wears many hats at the school; including admissions, event planning, social media producing and guest speaking in high schools. Cullen is currently engaged to Kevin Kelsey (no that is not a typo) and is an admitted crazy cat mom to Rorschach and Crash.
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