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Maximize Your Academic Opportunities
You can receive a better education and improve your grades by faithfully attending class, paying attention and actively engaging in discussion. According to a study by Kelly A. Roca reported in “Communication Essentials,” students who come to class prepared and ask questions learn more and grasp the material at a deeper level than passive students. Successful students also work alongside faculty on research projects, which can lead to excellent recommendations for jobs and graduate school. Besides doing well academically, CNN Living suggests that landing a paid or unpaid internship is critical to gaining real-world experience coveted by employers.
Budget Your Time Wisely
Successful students manage their time by developing a schedule that allows them to balance school, work, recreation and personal interests. Academics must be your top priority. Start by charting how much time you must devote each day to classes and studying. The Student Success Center at Idaho State University recommends spending three
hours on homework activities for every hour you’re in class. Use a planner that includes a daily to-do list and a calendar with exam dates and assignment deadlines. Set goals for yourself, such as sleeping eight hours every night.
Get Involved in Campus Life
Participating in student activities can help you make friends and hone practical skills useful in securing a job after graduation. For instance, students in activities such as drama, debate, the school newspaper and student government develop enhanced critical thinking skills, time management skills and problem solving abilities, according to Erin Massoni in a 2011 ESSAI article. Massoni's research also found a correlation between extracurricular participation and higher grades, which stems from a positive outlook on school and self-confidence. Further, students involved in extracurricular activities are more likely to feel satisfied with the college experience and graduate, as noted in the 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement.