What do you imagine when thinking of the perfect college student? Always first to class, apple on the instructor’s desk, A+ on every assignment… and so on! It may be a very intimidating thought to exceed these expectations each day while balancing all the other demands of day-to-day life beyond the classroom.
Figuring out how to succeed as a college student can be simple – You may already have everything it takes! Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure you are on the right path to your future career.
You cannot succeed if you do not go to class! Be present and represent yourself. This will allow you to make valuable connections with your instructor and classmates while ensuring that you do not miss out on valuable information in class.
Maybe you are already a time-management professional, but if you are not just there yet, fear not! Use a calendar or agenda to stay on top of your day-to-day obligations – appointments, lecture times, quiz dates, assignment due dates, study session plans, examination schedules. Having a system that allows you to become an effective time manager can reduce overwhelm, grant you the power to finish assignments ahead of time, ensure that you have
This one is obvious. Notes are an essential way to keep track of valuable knowledge shared by your instructors during lectures. Pay close attention to the big and little details shared during class, have a notebook open, and write away! Your instructors want you to succeed and will do their best to ensure that – just make sure that you do your part too!
The ability to collaborate with classmates is a crucial part of college life. Not only is it nice to have people surrounding you that can support you through the ups and downs you may face, but they can also keep you accountable! Developing these relationships can prepare you for your future career and can give you the power to navigate the many personalities that you may encounter in the workplace.
Balance is something that many people often overlook as they move through their college years. However, it’s hard to succeed in college if you are unable to give your mind and body a break. Sleep is one of the most significant ways to ensure your brain functions as it should. Make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night. Remember that balance is the key. There is going to be a lot happening between class, schoolwork, friends, your job, etc. But you must make time for yourself, whether through exercise, sleep, or other hobbies.
As you move through college, branch out, expand, and explore your interests. Be open to gaining new insights, knowledge, and skills. These may help you in your future career – or may just become your favourite hobby!
It is completely normal to have nerves before starting college. But if you focus too much on those feelings, they might just get in the way of your own greatness! Negativity can increase stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Reframe your state of mind – it might just give you the boost you need to succeed! And always remember, you DESERVE to be here! Be proud of that.
If you have not lived on your own before, transitioning to complete independence can be exciting and challenging. It can be easy to spend money you do not have on things that you do not need. By making a budget and sticking to it will help you save hundreds of dollars over the course of a school year.
Learn to set goals for yourself. What do you want to achieve in your college experience? How are you going to achieve these? What is your dream career? If you strive to improve yourself, you will. There is great power in setting and achieving goals, including feelings of confidence, motivation, excitement, and success.
What does it mean to be proactive? Well, consider it like this… This is your life – you have the freedom, the power, and the wisdom to act, be, and respond however you see fit. Whether this is academic, career-oriented, or geared towards your personal life. Be ready for the unexpected. We all face challenges from time to time. In these moments we have a choice – be who you want to be, act how you want, and be ready for whatever college, your future career, or your life offers you.
Updated March 16, 2020
Due to the current pandemic and the desire to protect the health of our students, Focus College is taking measures which incorporate social isolation.
We are suspending our Advanced Diploma and Office Manager courses for the week of March 16-20th, to allow for temporary distance learning to be set up. If any students do not have access to a computer from home, we request that they notify the college immediately. Further information on how courses will be delivered will be available as the week goes on. Please monitor your student email for further information throughout the week.