I hope that the first few weeks of the semester have gone well for you, and that you have had good luck at the Career Fair today! It’s hard to believe that the first month of Fall 2015 is almost over, and now most of us are taking (or preparing to take) our first exams.
I know we transfer students have been through this process before, and your first exams and assigments at Michigan Tech can seem pretty mundane as they approach. However, at least for me, it was a process to find my study/preparation niche when I first transferred here from a small community college down state. Learning to adjust to life on a new campus, sitting in large classrooms, and just finding out what it takes to succeed here were experiences that filled the weeks of my first semester at Michigan Tech. And before I knew it, it was time to take four exams in one week! Before coming to Michigan Tech, I had a rudimentary system for time-management, but, I soon learned that this is an essential component of college life. Now, in my senior year at Michigan Tech, I have discovered many “tricks of the trade” for academic success, that I wanted to share with you here:
1. Take the time to keep a detailed, up-to-date planner. This will help you stay organized, give you a visual idea of exactly what you need to do each day, and help you avoid forgetting due dates, appointments, etc.
2. Prioritize your activities. Try making a to-do list each day (you can even write this in your planner), and list what you have to do by order of significance. For example, if you have an assignment that is due the next day, completing that assignment should probably be at the top of your to-do list!
3. Utilize the resources available to you on campus. If you are struggling with a class, go to a learning center; the coaches are very knowledgeable, and always willing to help.
4. Try not to cram! I know we have all heard this before, but it’s advice worth considering! If you can help it, you should always try to avoid cramming for an exam; this isn’t a good way to learn, and in the long-run, you probably won’t remember much of the material.
These are just a few of the fundamentals that have helped me in my time at Michigan Tech, and I hope they are useful for you as well!
…And speaking of success: I also wanted to remind you all that the 2015 Studnet Sucess Summit will be taking place this coming Saturday (October 3rd)!
I encourage you all to check out this event, as there will be a great deal of information that can be invaluable to college students, regardless of their major or year!
You can learn more about this event at http://www.mtu.edu/success/