Academic Survival Tips

  1. ATTEND all classes.
  2. BE PREPARED for class.  Read all assigned materials prior to class.
  3. ORGANIZE your notes. Use a separate spiral notebook to take notes for each class.
  4. KNOW your professor’s name and make sure that the professor knows your name.
  5. ASK questions.  Be sure you understand the day’s lecture BEFORE you leave class.
  6. Sit in the FRONT of the class or as near the front as possible.  Sitting in the front of the class demonstrates that you are interested and positive about the learning experience.
  7. COMPLETE all assignments on time.  Don’t fall behind; once you do, it becomes almost impossible to catch up.
  8. DEVELOP a study schedule.  Arrange a time each day to study.
  9. BUY THE ASSIGNED TEXTBOOKS FOR ALL OF YOUR CLASSES.  Do not borrow books, or hope to get enough out of class without the assigned textbooks.
  10. RESEARCH AND STUDY.  Learn to take advantage of CSU’s Library Services.
  11. EXCHANGE telephone numbers with your classmates, form a study group or get a reliable study partner, if possible.
  12. REST AND EAT well before you come to class.  You cannot concentrate if you are tired and hungry.
  13. DO NOT WAIT until you have received a failing grade to SEEK HELP.  Talk to your professor, and your academic advisor.
  14. ATTEND all academic workshops and examination review sessions sponsored by the Office of Engineering Studies.  Information will be available in the Office of Engineering Studies.
  15. IF YOU BEGIN to have DIFFICULTY with a certain subject, seek  TUTORIAL ASSISTANCE from a peer tutor in the Engineering Studies Academic Assistance Tutorial Center located in Room 206A-HWH.
  16. VISIT the Office of Engineering Studies on a weekly basis to find out about special workshops, summer internships and scholarships information.

Time Management

You may have found time to glide through high school into college, but I can guarantee if you do not master time management, you will glide back out of college prior to completing your goal!  The pace is quick, the expectations are high, and the time requirements can consume you.

  1. DECIDE WHAT IS IMPORTANT: the first step to managing your time should be prioritizing what is important.  There are effective ways to gain more control over your time, which are more effective than doing nothing.
  2. TAKE TIME TO PLAN: effective time management will reward you in some tangible way.  Although you may find it difficult to keep yourself motivated, basic time management skills must become a “habit,” something you do without thinking, no matter what happens.
    • Helps you put first things first – make sure important things get done first.
    • Helps you avoid time traps – unplanned events (the fires you can put out before you can study).
    • Helps you anticipate opportunities – make the time you spend studying more productive.
    • Gives you freedom and control – control over a part of your day, allows you flexibility later.
    • Helps you avoid time conflicts – helps you keep important tasks in order.
    • Helps you evaluate your progress – let you know where you are and how you are doing.
    • Helps you avoid feeling guilty – when studying is done you can enjoy your free time.
    • Helps you see the “big picture” – provides you with a bird’s eye view of the semester.
    • Helps you see the “bigger picture” – allow you to plot a long-range course of action.
    • Helps you learn how study smarter, not harder – a key part in time management is learning how to prioritize task, so that you become more organized, more focused, and more effective.
  4. Long Range Benefits of Time Management:
  • Learning time management skills now will help you prepare for the future.
  • Learning how to manage your time will develop habits and skills you can use in your career, beyond school.

    Time management is not a magical wand that can be used to wave our problems away.  However, these techniques are fools that can be used to help you reach your short term and long term goals successfully.  After all, you can be a successful student if you are willing to make an effort to learn and apply these principles on a regular basis.