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Study tips: How to become a successful student

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

Did you just start your university student life? Feeling overwhelmed with information from classes? We have you covered. Recently, the academic advisors at Parami University organized a Student Success 101 workshop for new undergraduate students who have started their first semester at the university.

Whether you are attending an online or in-person program, having your coursework organized and planned out is vital to avoid confusion and stress. As the new undergraduate students at Parami University started their fall semester classes, they received a series of academic and personal development workshops organized by the academic advisors.

  1. Mental Preparation

Building a positive attitude: Everyone has different talents and uniqueness on their own, and so do you. Focus on what you can do and make the best out of it. Building a positive thought can help you cope with uncertainty and succeed in your study.

Self-care routine: Knowing how to balance your time between studying and life is crucial to making your learning less stressful. Self-care practices include setting a sleeping schedule, adopting healthy eating habits, organizing your study space, and finding time for relaxation.

Setting SMART goal: Another tip to get you success in your student life is to make your study goals SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time Specific. You can set your goal by creating a do-to list, reflecting on your lesson, and setting deadlines for specific tasks.

  1. Academic Routines

Organization and planning: Check your email daily and use your Google Calendar to-do list to organize your classwork. It’s also important to know what type of learner you are so that you can plan your routine accordingly. Not sure of your learning style? Click here to see how you can learn best.

Note-taking: Note-taking is vital. Review and reflect on your class notes right after your class. Try to ask specific questions while reviewing your notes to ensure that you understand the fundamental concepts of the course you have learned. Don’t hesitate to ask your classmates or teachers if you need more explanation on a particular topic or concept.

Taking advantage of resources: University is where you learn in the classroom and through extracurricular activities and workshop or guest speaker sessions. Try to attend a workshop or activities to exchange your learning as much as possible.

  1. Getting and Staying Organized

Organizing tasks: Organizing a to-do list and weekly schedule is essential to help you keep on track with your academic routines and manage your school work.

Time management: To use your time effectively, try to find your optical productivity zone and schedule your important and/or difficult tasks at this time. Also, be sure to take advantage of your fragmented time. Think about the tasks you can accomplish while doing something else, such as waiting for someone or commuting somewhere.

Bookmark key sites and resources: You can save your time from browsing by bookmarking the websites you regularly visit for your study.

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