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Tips for Freshman Success

Have you just been accepted to the university of your choice? Congratulations are in order. It’s a huge accomplishment to maintain your grades and activities and embark on a college career. This time is no doubt filled with a mixture of relief, anticipation and anxiety. Follow these recommendations from the university counselors to ensure that your freshman year is a resounding success.

The most basic guideline for success is to attend classes every day. Meet with your professors during their office hours at the beginning of the semester and introduce yourself. Don’t wait until you need help or tutoring in a class before meeting the professor for the first time. Find a quiet area on campus to study. A rule of thumb is that for every hour spent in the classroom, two hours should be spent studying. If you have a full class schedule of five classes, that generally means fifteen hours a week in class. Add thirty hours of studying and college is nearly a full time job. With a fixed schedule, it should be pretty easy to set up a study routine each day.  The biggest mistake is to begin studying class material just prior to a test. The material covered in college is typically so voluminous, a few days of cramming is usually insufficient to master what will be covered on tests and exams. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a laptop at Newegg to keep notes, records and information about each class at hand.

Step out of your box. Join clubs and organizations that normally wouldn’t be on your radar. College is a wonderful opportunity for exploration. Introduce yourself to fellow students that are not like you. Broaden your horizons. One of the fabulous things about a large university is the ideas and fields of study that are available well beyond that of any high school.

Finally, commit to staying in touch with your parents. Chances are it was their influence and support that helped you achieve your goals this far.  Reconnecting with your support system is critical for continued success in college.

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