Top 5 Tips to Be Successful in College

1.     Get a planner and use it.

Once you are in college, a well-organized planner will become your best friend. College professors have high expectations for you to be responsible, so it is important to keep up with all of your assignments and due dates. Writing them all down in a planner at the beginning of the semester is an easy way to look ahead and see what you have coming up - it can also prevent you from getting overwhelmed by the amount of work you have due. Planners help you get ahead and stay ahead. 

2.     Find friends you can study with.

Sometimes, it’s challenging to get focused and get your work done. Finding friends you can hang out with, but also study with, is the best combination. Having someone else around can keep you accountable for getting your work done and give you some new ideas on how to study more effectively. Being with other people not only helps keep you on task, it makes studying much more enjoyable!

3.     Create a schedule and try to stick to it.

Being away at school, you have a lot more freedom to choose what you do with your time. If you aren’t used to this, it can be really easy to get distracted by all of the fun things and forget about school and homework. But, if you create a schedule for yourself during the school day and try to stick to it closely, you are able to actually rest on the weekends instead of constantly worrying about class and assignments.

4.     Don’t overcommit.

It’s really tempting to try doing everything you’re interested in once you are at college, but your best option is to explore for a while, then choose to invest in a few things that stick out to you. If you’re being pulled 100 different ways, the feeling of over commitment can be terrible - so, take the time to figure out a couple of things that you are really passionate about, and focus on those! It is better to invest deeply than to spread yourself thin.

5.     Rest.

Don’t get so caught up in school, class, work, or fun that you forget to rest and take care of yourself.  Sleep is crucial to your college survival, and while it may be tempting to cut some of it out to make room for more fun things, it isn’t worth it! Make sleep a priority, and take the time to rest and do things that rejuvenate you. Sleep is the perfect cure for just about any problem college can bring.