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Academic Goal: Helpful Tips to Achieve Success During Your Undergrad Career

Your first year as an undergrad is going to be your toughest year, academically. You’re on a college campus by yourself, there’s no authority figure telling you to do your work, and you ultimately, have the freedom and power to make or break your college career… But all that freedom and power is what gets a lot of students on the academic probation list.

Everything from parties and Greek life to football/basketball games and just not wanting to go to class, there are all kinds of temptations that can sway you from reaching your academic goal, which is to graduate college, and not just skim by either.

Because of all the freedom and temptations you’re up against, it’s important that you start implementing habits and practices to help you overcome the challenges you’ll face in your first year. Take a look at some tips to follow that will not only help you survive your undergrad career but to also thrive.

Helpful Tips to Achieve Academic Success in Your Undergrad Career

Set Academic Goals For Each Semester

When you set foot on your college campus, there will be all kinds of thoughts floating around in your head but one of the most important thoughts should be your academic goals. What do you hope to accomplish during your first year? An even better way to set academic goals is to set them per semester.

Maybe you have the goal to reach a certain GPA or to make the Dean’s List. If you have those types of academic goals, you will then need to devise a plan as to how you plan on reaching those goals. Whatever methods you take, it should improve your learning capacity, whether it’s making yourself go to bed at a decent hour or saying no to a party invite.

Have a Clear Understanding of Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Having a clear understanding of your strengths and weaknesses is what’s going to help you achieve success during your college career. Take the time out to sit down and make a list of what you’re really good at and a list of where you can use some improvement. Ultimately, the goal here would be to figure out how to maximize your strengths while figuring out how to build-up your weak areas.

Build Positive Relationships With Your Professors

Professors become professors because they want to empower students, and the more you get to know them, the more they’ll be able to help you. Depending on your schedule and theirs, after class, consider staying after and discussing a particular area that was talked about during class, or asking their opinion on something.

You, of course, won’t be able to build these relationships with all your professors but you at least want to try and build these positive relationships with professors that are in your field of study… And who knows… your professor might become one of your mentors one day!

Utilize All Your Resources

Your workload as an undergrad can be quite heavy, and that’s why it’s so important to make the most of your time by utilizing all your resources. On your campus, there are likely to be tutoring labs and, of course, a library for you to use, whether it’s a quiet place to study or for computer use.

There are also online resources available to you as well. For example, if you’re taking an algebra II course for one of your prerequisites, you can use a problem-solving calculator to help you factor your expressions. Or, if you’re taking a foreign language course, there are various applications that will help you learn different languages.

The point is that there are several different ways to achieve academic success outside the classroom, you just have to use them to your academic advantage.

Learn to Manage Your Time Appropriately

According to the Washington Post, one of the biggest reasons students have a hard time transitioning within their first year of college is because they have a hard time managing their time.

It can sometimes be hard to gauge the distance from your dorm room to your first class when you have to walk there. That reason alone is why it’s so important to try and create a schedule and routine for yourself to help you better manage your time. Maybe that means going to bed earlier or waking up earlier… Whatever the case may be, getting a hold on managing your time wisely is going to be the key to achieving success in your college career. 

When You Work Hard, You Get to Play Hard

To truly have a great collegiate experience as an undergrad, it’s going to involve more than just studying and going to class, of course. You’re going to want to go to pep rallies and parties, and that’s fine, but it’s also important to understand when to say no to those things and put your focus on the success of your academic career.

Your first year will be the most difficult, just from the transition and learning to be self-sufficient, but it’s not impossible. With the right mindset, you will not only survive your undergrad career, but you’ll thrive in it too.

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