Academics

How to reach full intellectual potential (or avoid flunking out, at least)

College life is nothing if not a wild ride. It’s a time of ups and downs. For every difficult concept you master and every A you receive, there will be a week when you’re overworked, falling behind in your coursework and stressed out of your mind about the upcoming exam you aren’t ready for.

The key to academic success in college is to gain as much control as you can over the roller coaster of college life. Our tutorials can help you ensure that you realize your full academic potential.

They cover topics such as:

  • Comparing high school and college. They’re not the same. Just because you got straight A’s in high school doesn’t mean you’ll do the same in college. The sooner you realize this, the better.
  • Getting organized. To survive college, you’ll need to learn to balance countless demands on your time. This means setting priorities and developing the motivation and discipline necessary to accomplish your goals. Or, in other words, stop procrastinating and get your ass to class.
  • Taking notes. On those days when you actually decide to go to class, it’s a good idea to take the best lecture notes possible. Great notes are a valuable commodity when it comes time to study for the final exam, and you’ll be a very popular (and rich) person if you let others photocopy your set.
  • Reading skills. Believe it or not, textbooks can do more than just empty your bank account and fill up your backpack. They’re a great way to supplement lectures and to reinforce course material. We list a few easy strategies that will help you get the most out of your texts.
  • Giving presentations. Do you want to become a presentation whiz? The answer is probably no, actually. If you’re like most people, you hate speaking to an audience. Still, many college courses require you to give a presentation or seminar, so working on your public speaking skills is a great way to help maximize your grade.
  • Writing essays. Unless you’re taking nothing but math classes, you’re going to have to write an essay at some point. We have tips on how to come up with a great thesis, what to look for when proofreading, common mistakes to avoid and how to not get busted for plagiarism (hint: don’t plagiarize).
  • Preparing for exams. You can’t run. You can’t hide. At some point, you’ll have to go toe-to-toe with an exam booklet. Our guide to exam prep can get you ready for this moment. We have tips for picking a good study place, advice for developing a set of good study habits and secrets you need to know to become a master of multiple choice and essay exams.
  • Choosing a major. You can’t stay undeclared forever. You need to think about where you want to be 5, 10 and even 20 years down the road. Talk to a career advisor if you can. This will help you immensely when it comes to picking your required courses and electives and surviving classes that don’t seem to have any relevance to your current life.
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