10 Habits to Help You Succeed in College – FREE PDF Included

The title of the document is Reading Environment Assessment. It asks you to one: list three places you usually study in order of frequency. Then, two: Circle the response that applies to each of these places (T for True and F for False). Statements are Other people seldom interrupt me when I study here; Little of what I can see here reminds me of things unrelated to my studying; and I don't hear a TV or radio when I study here.

Getting a college degree is no easy feat. Fortunately, you and your fellow students have access to a plethora of tips and tricks to make the most out of your class time and study time. One such source is provided by Opportunity International, which lists out habits to help you succeed in higher education.

Here’s a taste of Opportunity.org’s 10 Habits of Successful Students, which includes my favorite three habits they’ve listed:

  1. Sleep. You don’t want to overdo this one and miss class, of course! However, you can’t pull all-nighters to finish projects and study for tests all the time. (Trust me. I’ve tried and learned the hard way.) Get your rest so you can think more clearly, retain information more easily, and be a more pleasant person to be around.
  2. Ask questions. You should use this tip inside and outside of the classroom. If you’re confused by what your instructor is saying, do your best to speak up during class! If you’re extra shy and don’t want to talk in front of all your peers, don’t miss the opportunity to ask your instructor during their office hours or right after their lecture. Make sure you ask friends for help with studying too.
  3. Maintain a study space. Sometimes, your dorm room or home isn’t the best place to get your work done. Take the time to locate a spot that’s quiet, easy to get to, and conducive to studying.

Need help with that last tip? We’ve got you covered. Check out our Reading Environment Assessment here. It asks you to evaluate three different potential study spots by answering a few true-or-false questions. It will help you identify your best environment to get your work done. Plus, it’s free and quick to complete!

Check out more habits of successful students here. Let us know what your best habits are in the comments below!

“10 Habits of Success Students.” Opportunity International. Opportunity.org, n.d. Web. 19 July 2016.

7 Tips to Bust through Writer’s Block

You stare at your blank Word document, the blinking cursor mocking you as you struggle to come up with your first sentence. Maybe you’ve already written a few paragraphs, but the well of inspiration has run dry before you’ve gotten to your conclusion.

It’s happened to us all: writer’s block has imprisoned the best of writers at one point or another. So, how do you rise above writer’s block? Kathleen Wong’s Mic article, “6 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block,” has a few tips! (Side note: While the original article says it provides six ways to overcome writer’s block, it gives a bonus tip.)

Get rid of writer’s block:

  1. Make up deadlines to keep yourself on track.
  2. Relax your body so you can relax your mind.
  3. Do away with distractions.
  4. Speak out the parts of the paper that give you trouble.
  5. Read a book unrelated to your assignment.
  6. Just start writing, even if it’s bad.
  7. Write anything other than the assignment.

Check out more here in the original Mic article!

Wong, Kathleen. “6 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block.” Mic News. Mic, 22 Dec. 2015. Web. 5 Jan. 2015.

Location, location, location: This app helps you find the perfect spot for getting work done

I don’t think I could have survived grad school without the local cafes I frequented to work on projects, put together lesson plans, and pretend I was working on projects and lesson plans while I was busy drinking caffeinated beverages and adding songs to my Spotify playlists. However, sometimes these cafes were too busy and noisy to get work done, and I was at a loss for where to go. (Sit in my office outside of office hours? Venture to the library and circle the claimed study desks in the hopes that a student would leave for a final so I could swoop in and set up my laptop and books? No way.)

Needless to say, I wish I had the WHA (Work Hard Anywhere) app to help me find nearby areas that are perfect for studying and getting work done. The app is free and gives you important information like WiFi access and parking. Check out more from the article here.

Brit + Co. “This App Helps You Find a Workspace Anywhere You Go.” Career Advice. Levo, 9 Nov. 2015. Web. 9 Nov. 2015.

Midterm Tips from a Student Ambassador

Here’s a guest post from UNC Charlotte’s Student Ambassador, Valeria! She provides some study tips during stressful midterms. Take it away, Valeria!

Study Tips for College Students from a College Student

Valeria Suárez

Hey, guys! Here are some study tips that will help you do better in school. Sometimes, it’s good to try new things if you aren’t getting the results you wanted regarding your grades. So, what’s better than trying a few tips below that have worked for others? Probably nothing. Just try them out and see the results:

1. Have study groups! For me, studying with my friends is one of the most helpful things for all my classes because you can help them, and they can help you. It’s a win-win situation, and it’s also fun!

2. BE ORGANIZED. This should be your mantra if you are a college student. Have calendars, a planner, and schedules. Do your best to keep them updated and accurate.

3. Create a study plan. When you feel that your week is too full and you are overwhelmed, write down everything you have to do and all the places you have to be in and make some kind of special schedule for that (or those) week(s). This will help you feel less stressed and will also give you the chance of making sure that you didn’t miss anything!

4. Find your study place. It is hard to study if you are in an environment that doesn’t suit you. Some people study in their rooms, while some people study in the library or in public places. It all depends on where you feel more comfortable/ Once you have found that spot, you will see the difference.

5. Feel confident when you start an exam. Some people say that if you get into that classroom thinking that you will get a score of 100, the probability of actually getting a good grade is higher.

6. Don’t study 10 minutes before the test. It won’t help you because you know what you already know and you won’t learn it 10 minutes before staring the test if you didn’t learned it before. So, prepare yourself to start studying with enough time before your test.

A Student Ambassador’s Midterm Guidance

Need some help for midterms? Follow the advice from UNLV’s Student Ambassador, Melanie! She lists some quick tips out below.

Study Tips

Melanie Arslanian

1. Find a peaceful and quiet place outdoors where you can study and look up on your breaks to enjoy the nature and de-stress.

2. Get healthy bite-sized snacks such as berries, nuts, and/or granola to keep your mind energized during long hours of studying.

3. Turn your cell phone off so you do not get distracted by unnecessary notifications.

4. Take breaks when you are studying and reward yourself. For example, after studying for thirty minutes, take a five-minute break. Do this throughout the day.

5. Try to make mnemonics to help you remember information when you’re studying. For example, a mnemonic device for the colors of the rainbow is Roy G. BIV.