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Three ways to ensure early college success


Thursday, June 12, 2014

The college search can be demanding and exhausting, but once in college it takes even more effort to achieve and maintain academic success. While there is a wide range of good habits and abilities students need to make the most of their college experience, here are three things students should start doing as soon as they enroll in college:

Form a relationship with professors early
Your professors are one of the greatest resources the college has to offer. You would be remiss if you limited your interaction with these educators to classroom time. Try to strike up a relationship with your professors and instructors early on. In addition to offering you support and assistance to help you better understand difficult course material, they also might be able to provide you with information or introductions for finding research positions or internships. Establishing a connection with these professors shows you have initiative and take pride in your learning. It may even make them more likely to help you out in the future.

Learn from bad grades
There may come a time in your college experience when you struggle with a subject or don't perform well on an exam. While these instances may inspire you to work harder the next time around, you should instead strive to work smarter, according to The Huffington Post. After receiving a poor grade, look over the exam and learn from your mistakes. You can pick up hints as to which elements of a lesson the professor likes to focus on, the importance of the text versus classroom discussions, and the style of future tests. It may take some time to determine these details, but it could pay off by the time your next assessment comes along.

Don't rely solely on academic performance
Earning high grades and academic accolades is a great accomplishment, but it may take more than a stellar transcript to land a job after college. So while it is extremely important to focus on coursework, you should also make sure you are devoting time to your mental and physical health, networking skills and extracurricular activities, according to Business Insider. Connections with faculty, staff and peers are essential for making it through college successfully, finding a job or securing a place in a postgraduate program. By improving these areas just as you would expand your knowledge, you can ensure you are making yourself into a top candidate for whatever you want to do next.

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