- Know the syllabus. The syllabus for each class details important information, explains grading, provides dates for tests and assignments, and allows you to plan ahead.
- Know how many points they need to get the grade they want and keep track of every point they earn. Keeping track of the points you receive allows you to know how many points you need to get an "A". It also gives you a record of points you have received in case your final grade isn't what you expected.
- Attend every class. Using your own notes is better than borrowing someone else's notes. You miss a lot by missing class. Professors also recognize that you are there every day even if they don't take attendance.
- Take advantage of all extra-credit opportunities. Wouldn't you rather go into the final exam knowing you only need a 70 percent to get a final grade of "A" than go in needing a 90 percent?
- Sit toward the front of the class. You can see and hear better and will absorb more of the lecture. When you sit in front, it forces you to be more involved.
- Ask questions. If you miss something in the lecture, ask the professor to repeat it. If you don't understand something, ask for clarification. If you don't know it now and you don't clarify it in your notes, you won't know it on the test.
- Participate in class discussions. It shows you are actively learning and taking part in the class. Participation increases your level of knowledge and understanding.
- Study in groups. Structured group studying which you arrange or is arranged by the Learning Center allows you the opportunity to discuss material. In-depth discussion of material reflects knowledge and understanding of material. If you can explain the material to someone else, you are able to measure your own understanding of the material.
- Aren't hesitant to talk to their professor during his or her office hours.
- Learn how to use the library. Ask the library staff to explain how to use the resources. You will be spending much time in the library throughout your university career. The sooner you learn how to use it, the better off you will be.
- Seek help if they need it! There are a number of offices on campus that can help you academically. The Writing Specialist can critique your written assignments and assist you with improving your writing skills. The Math Specialist can help you with math problems and clarify approaches to understanding and solving math related concerns. The Reading Specialist offers techniques for increasing reading speed and comprehension. Peer tutors offer assistance in the content of courses and model successful academic behaviors.
Your academic advisor as well as members of the Learning Center staff are individuals who can assist you when you have academic concerns.