Steps to Academic Success

  • Meet with your instructors on a regular basis and get to know them personally. They are the best resource any institution can offer. Instructors are your ladder to reach success.  
  • Plan your time and break large assignments into smaller tasks. Don’t try to cram a semester’s worth of work in one night.  
  • Don’t procrastinate. You will miss out on an awesome feeling of getting things done early.
  • Get involved in clubs and organizations on campus but budget your time carefully.  
  • Make friends in each class that help you excel, not limit your potential.  
  • Try your hardest and never give up on any task. Determination is the best motivation.  
  • Study in an environment that allows you to focus. Find your peak time and your learning styles. Join study groups if that helps you.
  • Take good notes and don’t throw them away after the class. You never know when you might need them again.
  • Manage your time well. Set time limits for tasks. Give yourself free time as well but not enough to swerve you from your goals.
  • Sit in the front row in the center so that the instructor can see you. This will help you pay more attention and avoid distractions. You will also hear and see better.
  • Don’t believe other people’s opinions about teachers, formulate your own.  
  • Over study for the first test. After that you will know what the instructor’s tests are like.
  • Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Eat properly, exercise and get plenty of sleep. You will be surprised how much these things will help in retention of material and staying attentive and motivated.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you think they are dumb. Learning is a process and if you don’t ask you’ll never learn. Asking questions is your recipe for success.
  • Find a successful upperclassman and utilize him/her as your mentor.  
  • If you do not understand the material, make use of campus resources like the University Center for Academic Excellence and the Library.  
  • Review notes before and after class and on weekends to put them into memory.  
  • Make a schedule or planner of things to do. It will help you see when tests are and when projects are due. Make realistic and accomplishable "To-Do" lists.
  • Plan ahead of your classes and make sure you graduate on time. Go to the advisors and each semester and ask about any policy or course changes that might affect you.
  • Visit the career center and try to get a job or internship in your major.
  • Go to each class with an open mind and find something interesting in the subject everyday, even if you think it is a boring class.  
  • Participate in class by expressing your opinions. You will get out of class what you put in.  
  • There is no such thing as an impossible task or a hard task. You make it impossible or hard.  
  • After exams, don’t only argue more points. Ask your instructor what you missed and try to figure out why you missed it so you won’t make the same mistake again.  
  • Meet with professors before tests and ask them what you can expect and how to study. Because they already know what’s on the test. They can point you in the right direction.  
  • Be persistent in how you study and make it a routine part of your day.  
  • Use your books. Read them. Underline and highlight words and sentences. Make notes in the margins.  
  • Reward yourself according to your accomplishments.
  • Know your priorities. Don’t deviate from your main goal, which is  getting a good education.  

Generated By the College of Business Administration Peer Advisors

Complied By UNC Charlotte student, Hassaan Malik