Academic Success Strategies
by Josh Saddler, Peer Advisor
What it means to achieve academic success varies by individual. However, if you are struggling with academic success or simply looking for a few resources that may be able to help guide you down the right path, you’ve come to the right place! The Academic & Career Development Center has outlined six key strategies to help you achieve academic success. Feel free to check them all out or, if you’re in a rush, just check out the one you came looking for. Simply click on the link for all the answers to the questions below:
Why do we need to set goals? What motivates you? What’s the difference between a positive v. negative motivator or an external v. internal motivator? Which motivators are best? What is a SMART goal and how do you set one? What is a SMART Plan?
What should you do before you read? What should you do while you’re reading and once you complete reading? What should you do when the reading is tough to comprehend? Why do we even need reading skills? What are some of the challenges many college students face while reading and how do you overcome then?
Why are study skills and learning styles important? What are some tested-and-proven study techniques and tips? What are common online study resources? What are common study apps? Which type of learner are you and which techniques will work the best for your learning style?
Why do we need time management? How for out should you plan for your classes (i.e. day-by-day, weekly, entire semester)? What are some tips for time management and organization? What is your biggest time waster? Are there any resources and/or tutoring centers on campus?
Why is note taking important? Is there a technique to note-taking (like the 5-R technique)? Why should you review and what are tried-and-true methods to reviewing? Are there different methods to taking notes?
Why do you need to find a good study environment? What should you look for in a quality study environment? Are there good places to study on campus or any easily-accessible computer labs? Once you find a study spot, how do you know if it’s working? Have you ever considered the benefits to studying in a group?
Test-taking skills, what are those? What if you have test anxiety? How should you prepare for a test? What should you do before the taking the test, during the test, and after the test? How do you know what to study? Are there any resources and/or tutoring centers on campus?