Are you just starting university and eager to do well in class but not sure what strategies to employ? Let us help you. Here are our top 5 tricks for getting off to university on the right start (academically, at least!).
1. Buy Your Textbooks In Advance And Bring Them To Class
Make sure you’ve got those textbooks ready. You never know what professors will have you going through them in the first day, and if you don’t have yours yet, you’ll be behind right away. You want to build positive momentum in your classes, and having your textbooks on the first day can only help you. There’s no harm in being prepared.
2. Sit Near The Front of The Room
Not comfortable in the front row? Not a problem. We suggest you sit towards the front however because some professors are more soft-spoken than others and you want to be able to understand everything they are saying. The best way to do this is to ensure that you are sitting close enough to them. In fact, studies have shown that students who sit towards the front tend to do better in their classes, and professors tend to take a more favorable view of these students as they appear to be more interested and engaged in the material. Seems like a no brainer, right?
3. Dress Well
If you dress up nicely to class, you will be taken more seriously by the professors, and they will hopefully develop a more favorable bias towards you. Also, by dressing nicely you will psychologically tune yourself to be studious, helping you take your classes more seriously yourself. Put away the sweats and put on a nice shirt before you step head out for that math course. Just try it and see how it works for you.
4. Build A Schedule For Yourself
One of the worst things you can do is to be late for class when you first start. An easy way to avoid this is to simply prepare a schedule and have a look at it a few times before your classes start so you know exactly where to be and when. It’s also a good idea to have a look around the buildings you’ll be taking courses in before classes start to ensure that you don’t get lost. Even if you are not a schedule person, this is the safest way to organize yourself for university before it starts.
5. Participate and Ask Questions
Confused about one of your professor’s policies? Ask! By asking questions to your professor, you will not only be gaining clarification on your question, you will also become memorable to him or her as a student who is genuinely interested in their course. You want to be the student the professor remembers positively when it comes time for him or her to assign grades. One of the best ways to do this is by participating. Even if what you say isn’t the smartest, the professor will appreciate that you’ve tried.