10. Go to all classes and take notes. This may seem obvious, but it may be tempting to catch up on sleep, finish up the paper that's due today, etc. Attendance in class is key to good time management!
9. Arrive at class on time or early. Give yourself time to get in the right mind set for each of your classes (topic and course type). It helps to spend a few minutes going over your notes from the previous class meeting.
8. Sit front and center in class... easier to do if you're early (see #9)! You'll listen longer and better and will be more likely to participate, even in a large class.
7. Review your notes and graded work frequently. Don't just toss your homework or papers aside after they are returned to you; they are valuable learning tools. The more you review, the better your recall.
6. Keep up with the reading. Another obvious one, but allow yourself enough time in your schedule to thoroughly read your assignments. Tip: It's more effective if you break up long readings rather than trying to do it in one sitting.
5. Familiarize yourself with available resources. This is only the beginning! Help rooms, tutors, librarians, and many other services abound on campus...
4. Get to know your instructors; they are perhaps your best resource in each of your classes. Office hours are meant for you; try them and see!
3. Form study groups. Kicking information around with classmates gets your mind working in new ways. Give yourself time to chat for the first five minutes, then agree to stay on task. Tip: Check with your instructors to be sure what kind of collaboration is acceptable in each of your classes.
2. Reward yourself for getting your work done. Celebrate your accomplishments and you may even look forward to your "worst" assignment!
1. Cultivate a positive attitude. Your attitude makes the difference in every setting. Figure out how you will benefit from every academic opportunity — sometimes the "big picture" approach comes in handy!
The University of Kansas Office of New Student Orientation. New Student Orientation Manual. Lawrence, KS: The University of Kansas Printing Services, 1993.
Van Blerkom, Dianna L. College Study Skills: Becoming a Strategic Learner. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1994.
(Adapted from the Academic Summer Program 2007 Muses and Becoming a Master Student, 11th edition)