Since reshaping my job at the University of Kentucky College of Education to a specific focus on retention, I have been able to interact and build great relationships with students. It’s interesting that all it takes is a 2-minute hallway conversation to develop a friendship.
As students begin to excitedly anticipate the beginning of another school year, the academic side of life must remain at the forefront of each individual. A bad start to the semester (especially for freshmen) can lead to a downward spiral quickly. Here are 5 ways to ensure that you are getting ahead this Fall:
- Find a mentor – Find someone who has been there before to help advise you through the hard times. If you’re new or have never had a mentor, ask a professor or staff member around campus that you are drawn to.
- Know your syllabus – Keep this in the front of every notebook, reference it often, and mark any changes the professor makes. Some have even taken a picture on their phone so that it is always there.
- Have fun – Volunteer or get involved in a student group. The more involvement, the happier you will be.
- Learn to take notes – Whether it’s a personal style or someone teaching you their ways, taking notes is an important piece of success.
- Work hard – Go a little beyond what is required. Playing catch-up later results in lower grades, less sleep, and more stress.
So there it is. Work on these 5 strategies and your Fall semester will get off on the right foot.
What other tips do you have?