Rebecca Smith | October 21, 2016
Now that midterm grades have been posted for freshmen, I know that we can all take this time to evaluate our study habits and decide what we need to change or modify for the rest of the semester. Here, take a peek at some things I’ve learned to be true about college academics!
1. “A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.” – Shelby Foote
The library really is the central part of campus, especially for students who really care about their grades. The library, which is frequently open until one or two in the morning, offers both quiet, private study areas on the upper floors and open, group study areas on the lower floors. The library also hosts many computers open for student use to print, research, and type papers. It is also the meeting place for some tutoring services and can be used to work on group projects.
2. “Let them sleep while you grind. Let them party while you work. The difference will show.” – Unknown
If you are the type of person to go out every weekend and participate in every Margarita Monday, Tequila Tuesday, and Wine Wednesday, it may be time to take a break from the partying and designate a few more nights a week to staying in and hitting the books. Even an extra 3 hours (one night worth of partying) can be the difference between an A worthy essay and on deserving a C. Also, try not to sleep the day away. Get up a reasonable time and be productive, even if your first class isn’t until 1:30. Wasted time in the morning is time you can’t get back, so make the most of it.
3. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts
College is not like high school. Your professors will not hover over you to make sure you have started the essay due next week and your parents will not sit with you and help you with your math homework. If you need help academically in college, you just have to ask! There are so many resources available on campus, with the Academic Achievement Center providing tutoring, study tips, and organizational tips. Also, go to your professors’ office hours. Even if you understand the material completely, make up a question and make sure they see your face and get to know you as more than a face in in lecture hall. Sometimes being friends with your professors will let your professors be more lenient with you and may even lead to a potential job opportunity down the road.
4. “Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.” – Woody Allen
While Woody Allen may have been talking about life here, this most definitely applies to college as well. One of the most important things to do in college is to GO TO CLASS!!! Unless you are so sick you cannot get out of your bed, then you need to be in class. The professor will not stop teaching the class because you aren’t there and you are responsible for knowing the material as it is fair game on any potential test. Even if you don’t think you will be able to learn if you are constantly coughing, just hearing the information can help you absorb it.
5. “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
Even if you may not have had amazing grades during the first half of the semester, you can always change your habits and learn how to study effectively, stay on top of all assignments, and conquer the material. If you are struggling, ask for help! La Salle offers many resources to students who want to ace their next exam, but you need to take the first step towards a better grade by asking for help. You can’t change how hard you worked for a good grade in the past, but you can put in more effort and receive a better grade in the future.
Even though college may seem stressful and overwhelming, La Salle is always here to help its students succeed in academics.