Habits of Successful Students… Utilize office hours Office hours are a great way to not only clarify any questions you may have, but to deepen your understanding of the material. Your professors take time out of their day for office hours because they want to help you! Move quickly The block plan moves much faster than classes in high school do! If you don’t understand something after the first day, take action! Use office hours to help clarify what you don’t understand. Review the material to see if you can gain a better understanding. If you still aren’t able to understand the material, consider finding a tutor. http://tinyurl.com/cornelltutoring Devote time to studying The average student can expect to spend 4-6 hours of time studying each day. If the course is an activity course you may find most of your "study" time is actually DOING the activity. If it is a lecture or labbased course you will more likely find yourself doing a combination of reading, writing, and lab/project work. Understand your reading Many students make the mistake of reading 50 pages of their textbook straight through and assuming they are done with reading. These students will often struggle to participate in class and may not do well on the tests. Faculty members do not assign reading as busy work. They feel the material is valuable. So, approach it with as much energy and creativity as you can muster. Take useful notes in class Basic points to keep in mind regarding discussion notes… 1. If there are points the professor elaborates on, they probably thought there was something important there. 2. Keep track of trends in the discussion. It might be indicating the importance of a topic. 3. Make a mark in your notes beside those comments that come from a professor vs. a peer. 4. Take time after class to reorganize your thoughts, write out more complete sentences or look for a pattern in the flow of material. Manage your time well Try to break large papers, presentations or assignments into smaller pieces so that it can fit into this schedule and still get done on time. Weekends give you extra time so you should use those extra hours to work ahead and get some additional reading or writing accomplished. Use your resources Even if you aren’t struggling there are many resources available to help you take your work to the next level! Consider visiting the Writing Studio, Quantitative Reasoning Studio, the research librarians, or taking advantage of the tutoring program!