Tom, Melissa, and Sabina wrote a book about college students and how to succeed. I wish I had this book when I started college. There are so many great tips to learn from it. Today, let’s highlight the top 7 classroom tips on how to succeed academically.
Tip #1: Making friends in class
It is always a good idea to make a new friend in class. Making new friends can encourage study sessions. Plus, you know someone is there if you are out sick, and can help out if you do not understand something. It is always better to have two brains learning the same thing.
Tip #2: Avoid distracting people
As nice as it is to make new friends in class, it is smart to make sure those friends are not distracting. When you have distracting friends, then you too will be distracted in class. So, make sure you sit near people who are paying attention in class. It is more than likely that you too will pay attention and learn more as well.
Tip #3: The T-zone
The T-zone is awesome. Studies show when you sit in the first row or up the middle, you will learn more in class. It is important to stay focused. When you are close to the professor, or if you are in the T-zone, you are more likely to understand and retain more information.
Tip #4: Test taking hacks
If you are stuck on a question, or if you get a question wrong, defend yourself. After the exam, go up to the professor and explain why you thought the answer was what you chose. You never know, because you are showing that you care about your grades, maybe you could earn partial credit. If you are feeling stressed and anxious about your exams then you may want to get outside help, for instance with a CPA exam, you can get help from companies such as Surgent CPA Review, who will be able to offer you advice on how to pass the CPA exam, but it all depends on your learning style…
Tip #5: Visual learning
DOODLE!!!!! If you are the type of person who is a visual learner, doodling could help. Some people learn better when looking at graphs or seeing images on PowerPoint. When those are not available, try drawing them yourself.
Tip #6: Notebooks – color can go a long way!
When taking notes, try using different color pens. When it comes to the time to take your exam, that specific color you used when taking notes might pop out in your mind. It’s pretty cool how the brain works!
Tip #7: Be ready
If you go into academics with a “ready to learn and participate” attitude, you’re going to gain a lot of value. It doesn’t help when you go into your class or exam with a negative attitude. Try arriving with the mind set of “I can do this!” It could help 🙂
I hope these tips help you as much as I wish they had when I was in college. It is always nice to learn different life hacks about education and knowledge. Best of luck on your exams and future!
Until next time, have a great day!