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Habits of Successful Students

Do you know what it takes to be a successful student? Review the list below to see if your student is doing what it takes to be a success. Ask yourself if you are doing everything you can to help and encourage the student in your life.

Adapted from Peninsula College

1. Attend classes. If you skip class you will miss out on essential information and the chance to ask questions.

2. Ask questions. Communicate in class or make an appointment with the teacher to talk to them privately.

3. Read your material. It is important to read the material that the teachers give you; they give it to you for a reason. Academic reading is different than reading for pleasure. If you need it, take a course to improve your college/academic reading skills.

4. Do your homework. It sounds easy enough, but when you get busy with life and school, homework gets pushed back when it shouldn’t. You and your family must make your studies a priority.

5. Get involved in campus life. Whether you are in a club or are participating in campus activities, involvement can help you in your classes as well because you have a sense of belonging to school and it is fun to be there. Not all learning occurs in the classroom!

6. Take advantage of campus resources. Resources, such as the Math Lab, Tutoring, Career Counseling, and other support services can be invaluable, and most of them are free or covered by your student fees.

7. Balance your home life, work and school. Take a manageable class load and create a personal schedule for yourself. Time is a finite resource! It's up to you to use it wisely.

8. Study. Studying is different than just doing assignments and homework. There are many resources to help you develop more active approaches to studying. You can actually take a course to help you develop more effective study strategies.

9. Track your progress, know your degree requirements. You should know what classes you need to take in order to graduate. And remember ~ you have to apply to graduate!

10. Stay in touch with your advisor/counselor. Your counselor or academic advisor can help you avoid repeating or taking unnecessary courses, and answer questions you may have along the way.