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Some Tips For Academic Success

January 17, 2011

Each semester brings new pleasure, but also new challenges. This article was written to pass some real advice that has significantly aided me in surviving college thus far; I hope that these tips help you out as much as they have helped me.

One Day At A Time – The beginning of each semester is often overwhelming; you look over an entire semester’s worth of assignments and already feel under water. Well do you know what? A Semester is four months long for a reason. Professors do not require an entire semester’s worth of assignments be turned in immediately, so do not allow yourself to feel that way. Rather, take it a day at a time, asking yourself “what is due tomorrow?” instead of “what is due over the next four months?”

Get Organized – I have a folder on my computer that is only my schoolwork, and at the beginning of each semester I create folders inside of it that correspond to each of my classes. Procedures such as this can assure that you do not “digitally lose” any assignments or papers.

Get Dropbox – Dropbox is one of the greatest tools a college student can use, but unfortunately there are many that have never heard of it. Dropbox is a FREE service that automatically backs up whatever you wish into a folder online. For example, say that you put your “schoolwork” folder inside of your Dropbox folder; that means that every document you save inside of the schoolwork folder is backed up automatically online. If your computer crashes, or you need to print a document but don’t have your laptop, then you can simply sign in to your account on any computer and easily access all of your school files; it makes constantly emailing yourself files a thing of the past. Sounds incredible? It is. CLICK HERE to sign up.

Enjoy Downtime – When you get a free afternoon or weekend, allow yourself to enjoy it. Make sure that you are on top of your schoolwork, but don’t ignore the plethora of fun things going on around you. Little breaks help you maintain your sanity and keep from burning out, so don’t fill them with additional work or business.

Get Work Done Early – After 22 years of epic procrastination, I did the strangest thing during finals last semester: I finished writing my papers early. I know, it sounds like a dream, but finishing my work early was honestly one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. Nothing ruins a weekend like a textbook assignment or essay hanging over your head, so why not finish it early and allow yourself some peace of mind? It will make your day off so much sweeter.

Hopefully some of these tips help you accomplish your goals this semester. If you have any additional tips that have significantly helped your collegiate career, be sure to share them in the comments. Good luck!

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