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When You're Still Not Making the Grades|Advice for A's

25 Tips to Survive and Thrive Your Freshman Year

Tip #14

Don't feel pressured to make a hasty decision about a career or a major.

It doesn't matter if it seems as though everyone else seems to know what they're doing with their lives - they don't  - college is the time for you to really discover who you are, what you enjoy doing, what you're good at, and what you want to be. It's not a race; take your time and enjoy exploring your options.

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Are you studying at least 2 hours for every hour you sit in class?

Sometimes that much studying isn't required for any given class you might be taking, but for the most part, you should be studying at least a little bit every day in every subject.

Do you use a weekly calendar book to plan your week and track important due dates, test dates, and appointments?

Staying organized is a key part of success.  Even if you don't think a calendar book is for you, give it try and see if your organization improves!

Are you studying in an environment free from noise and music?

Study in the same place and use that only for studying. Have a comfortable chair and adequate lighting. Remove distractions like television or phone or intrusive music (Try Mozart…his music matches your brain waves and helps you remember!) Make sure the temperature is not too cold or hot.

Are you utilizing campus tutors, Supplemental Instruction sessions, study groups, college level learning skills handouts?

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Do you have regular study times between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. when the mind is the most receptive to learning?

Again, organization is important to success.  Set times for studying will improve your mind's receptiveness to what you're learning and will provide structure to your day.

Have you had career testing to be certain that you are in the right major for you?

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Could Test Anxiety be a factor?

This PowerPoint will help you to:  Determine if you have test anxiety, Learn what test anxiety is, and how it works , Use techniques to start overcoming  test anxiety.  The test anxiety information from this PowerPoint is directly from the University Counseling Center.

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