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Avoiding Conflict: How to be Academically Successful

  1. Set goals. Write down your short and long term goals. You should always revisit these goals throughout the semester. If your goals have changed, modify them.
  2. Get yourself organized. Have a spiral notebook or folder for each class. Keep track of all the handouts you receive from your professors.
  3. Attend and participate in all your classes. Don't be that person who sits in the back of the class or comes in late. Ask your professors questions. Challenge their ideas. You cannot be successful if you do not attend class.
  4. Become a time manager. First thing get a calendar or time management organizer. Block out your class schedule, work schedule, or other activities you have planned. You want to also write down when assignments and tests are to be completed.
  5. Try to find study strategies that work for you. You might want to study during the time of the day when you are the most alert. Use techniques that are beneficial to you. Just because someone else uses a method of studying doesn't mean it will benefit you.
  6. Practice good test-taking strategies. Find a good location to study for your test. Write things down on the test you have memorized such as formulas or lists, as soon as you get your test.
  7. Interact with your professors. If you are having difficulty with the course, ask your professor to clarify the information. Meet with your professor during their office hours. If you have questions about a test grade, ask about it. The professor is here to assist you.
  8. Utilize campus resources. If you are having difficulties with one or more of your classes contact offices that can assist you or provide you outside assistance such as tutorials or academic counseling. You pay for these resources-use them!
  9. Utilize off campus resources. If you need additional assistance, you may want to use sources not provided by the university.