How to be a successful student in the classroom

I have always been an A's and B's kind of student, and I thought I was the biggest procrastinator in the world. It wasn't until I starting attending UNCW that I realized studying the night before the test wasn't going to work anymore. I found out quickly that unlike most schools where the professors test you on notes that can be remembered the night before, studying the night before will not work at UNCW. You have to know the concept and background of the information and you have to apply it to the real world. It's more of a matter of understanding than remembering. I value this a lot because throughout my college career, I learned things over a year ago and then forgot just about everything I learned. I feel like UNCW tries to avoid this type of dilemma by making the tests to where you have to understand the information. This is the best way to keep what you have learned and not forget it as soon as the class is completed. The key to being a successful student is taking good notes, studying more than the night before, and making sure you can apply the information being taught along with understanding the concepts.

  • Don't procrastinate
  • Study almost daily (can be brief, but review)
  • Keep up with your textbooks, and always read the chapters assigned
  • Have a planner to write everything in
  • Set priorities
  • Surround yourself with the right people
  • Have a vision, set goals, and achieve them
  • Understand that it is a privilege to attend a University so have respect for everything and everyone around you
  • Study in the right environment. Avoid distractions.
  • Utilize the facilities on campus, Randall library is a great place to study
  • Ask for help if you don't understand a concept.
  • Make friendships with your classmates and the people in your department.
  • Don't be afraid to talk to your professors, make relationships with them, they are there to help you
  • Be aware of dates of important events like tests, quizzes, and project due dates.
  • Get a good nights sleep before tests.

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