How to Succeed

Tips & Tricks

​Go to class.

Experts tell us this is the #1 factor in college success. Even if you can get "information" from the notes of other students, you have missed the "emotional" impact from directly receiving the information from the professor that tells you what you really need to focus on; you have missed any "visual" clues that help you to select what to learn; you have missed using more than one sense (like hearing) to learn the information; you have missed the discussion. You have wasted somewhere around $100 ~ you have been a poor consumer.

Study hard.

I would love to tell you that you can become successful without hard work; how I wish that was so. But it is not. Plan your week with a minimum of 45 hours scheduled for academic life including class time, study time, group study, study time, researching for and writing papers, study time, preparing for tests, working on tests, working on projects, study time, and study time. There are guidelines to follow that will maximize how effective your study time will be, so make a time management plan with help from your friends at the Academic Support Center, and follow it.


If you do not take notes in classes, in most courses you will do poorly or fail. That is a sad fact. Professors expect that you will realize the importance of their words, their wisdom, and their expertise. They all have advanced degrees. What they say is, for the most part, worth recording. If you find that your professor speaks too fast for you, go to "note-taking" online and find strategies to cope. Spend time on your papers. One of the top complaints of employers is that new college graduates cannot write well. WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!

Verbalize and Visualize.

Experts tell us the two best ways of remembering information is to verbalize over and over again, intermittently, what you are learning, and create a picture of what is happening so you can visualize what you are trying to master. Say aloud chunks of information you are learning and picture that information. take a break; like a walk~ or a good night's sleep~ and let your brain "work" for you. Then, repeat the information at your next study session, making sure you are remembering the info correctly. THE NEW INFORMATION WILL ACTUALLY ALTER HOW YOUR BRAIN LOOKS ONCE YOU REALLY HAVE LEARNED IT!

Fine a cool place to study.

First, if the location is hot, you are likely to get sleepy. If you can find a QUIET place in which you are comfortable and you like, studying will be more pleasant for you. Your roommate may make your room nonconductive for study. Experts tell us that with learning, multi-tasking, does NOT work. Usually less information is learned with extraneous background noise (except classical music). Find a QUIET nook in the library. Find a space somewhere. NO EXCUSES.

Begin now.

As you know, the early stressors in your new college life include finding new friends, finding your way around campus, finding organizations and clubs you want to belong to, finding distractions to help with homesickness and loneliness, finding good pizza. PLEASE ADD TO YOUR LIST some stress about getting your assignments read before you go to class, taking good notes, studying those notes so that you know them before you go to that class again. Once you fall behind in your class work, life becomes miserable. YOU CAN DO IT OR WE WOULD NOT HAVE INVITED YOU TO COME TO JU. But don't fall behind. Catching up is rough. BEGIN NOW.