1. Meet your peer mentor and advisor
Peer mentors provide personal support, working with you to help you achieve your goals. Academic advisors can assist you in many areas including academics, career, and involvement.
2. Work within reason
If you have a full course load, try not to work more than 6-12 hours a week. Most students begin a downhill slide in the quality of learning beyond 12 hours.
3. Attend class
Actively participate in class and meet with your professors individually if you need to.
4. Improve your writing
If you need help, contact the Academic Enhancement and Writing Center. They provide writing tutors for all subjects.
5. Visit the Career Center
Even if you think that you have chosen a major, the counselors can offer you valuable information about careers and about yourself.
6. Take your health seriously
Sleep, diet, and exercise, as well as choices about drugs, alcohol, and sex all contribute to how you feel. Get into healthy habits, and you'll feel better, happier, and be more successful.
7. Make a schedule
A master weekly schedule showing all classes and responsibilities, as well as time slots set aside for studying will help you manage your time.
8. Make a to-do list
Each evening, plan out the next day. Knowing what you need to do and prioritizing those tasks will help you get it done.
9. Review your notes
Reviewing daily will help you refresh and retain the information you have learned.
10. Avoid procrastination
Divide long-term studying and large projects into manageable chunks.
11. Use memorization tips
Use rhymes, jingles, or songs - or other mnemonics - to memorize lists of unrelated words or terms.
12. Avoid cramming
By dividing study sessions into small pieces, you will be more focused and retain more information.
13. Learn testing tips
Before answering an essay question on an exam, jot down the key points you want to make and information you want to include.
Professors often test on what is discussed in class as well as grade in part on attendance and participation.
15. Know your resources
Learn what helpful resources Concordia College offers and where they are located.
16. Know why you're here
You will stay motivated and have a more productive college experience if you identify specific goals you wish to accomplish.
17. Study successfully
Study with someone from class. Studying with another student will help you study more often, and you will learn from each other.
18. Be academic
An integral part of your success in college involves assessing and improving your own learning styles, taking better notes, reading more efficiently, and doing better on tests.
19. Think critically
Always challenge yourself. Ask why! Look for deeper understanding rather than just taking information for face-value.
20. Make close friends
College represents a great opportunity to form new and lasting ties with a great diversity of individuals.
21. Know you're not alone
Many other students are facing the same uncertainties as you are. Find strength in numbers and do not be afraid to seek out help.
22. Have realistic expectations
At first you may not make the grades you made in high school. Improvement comes with new skills and practice. If you need help, ask for it.
23. Get involved
Joining a campus organization or activity is a great way to meet new friends and have fun!
24. Get guidance
If you are thinking about leaving or transferring, let us know. We have options, resources, and will assist you with your future direction.