How To Be A Successful College Student: Guides & Resources

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Want to be a successful college student?

If yes, read this article till the end, because by the end of this article, you’ll not only get to know about how to be successful in college but I’ll also share some valuable resources that you must take advantage of to be a successful student.

College is an exciting time. You get to learn new things, meet new people, and explore the world around you. But, being a college student comes with its own set of challenges. You need to balance school, extracurricular activities, and social life.

That’s why students often ask how to be a successful college student. But before answering this question, I want to know how you would define college success or being a successful college student.

Does it mean getting the best grades in all your semsters?

Of course not!

Being a successful college student requires more than just getting good grades. It requires developing the academic skills that will allow you to perform well in class and maximize your academic potential.

Additionally, It also requires building positive academic habits and attitudes that will allow you to succeed in the face of adversity, such as getting homework done when you don’t feel like it. In other words, developing a strong study skillset, including setting aside time to study, making a plan, and sticking to it.

Above all, being a successful college student means being organized: setting priorities, being prepared, and putting them into practice.

Now let’s dive into our 10 tips and resources that will definitely help you to become a successful student in college…

1. Explore, Explore and Explore

how to be a successful student in college: Explore

If you’re a college freshman then this tip you must follow first. As you enter college life after finishing school, it is a great time for you to explore yourself.

Since you don’t need to study much in your earlier days, you can try every new thing. For example, you can take a tour of the city where your college is located, you can join your campus club, make friends, and participate in dancing, singing, or any competition that fascinates you.

Exploit all the resources that college provides you. Remember, your first year is the perfect time to showcase your skills and abilities.

I remember, for the first time in college, I read my poem aloud. I had been writing for a long time but never got the exposure to convey my words and feelings. This is what you can do as well, maybe it’s not writing but whatever you’re passionate about just do it and start with your college.

Read also: 12+ Study Gadgets that are worth using this year!

2. Work on your skills

Work on your skills if you want to be successful in college

During college you can work on many skills you might lack. Here I mean both kinds of skills- soft skills and hard skills.

Hard skills you will definitely get to learn once you’ll take classes on a daily basis, study effectively, finish your homework on time, and make notes and assignments. Teachers are dedicated to teaching you and improving your hard skills, such as subject knowledge.

However, soft skills are something you have to learn and develop by yourself in college. You might not believe it, but soft skills are what make you stand out and make you a successful student in college, further it helps you in your career.

Communication skills, Emotional Intelligence, Creative thinking, Growth Mindset, Leadership, and more are the soft skills that you must learn if you want to succeed in college.

Now college is not going to teach you these skills directly. You have to find a way to learn and practice these skills in college. Whenever you get an opportunity to come in front of the class and share or explain anything never say ‘NO’. Always be eager to participate and lead the groups.

I know being an introvert won’t be easy for you to go in public but besides academic knowledge, you have to learn these skills as well. I’ve also gone through this phase and I missed lots of opportunities. So don’t repeat my mistakes.

In fact, I’d say focus more on improving your soft skills because for academic knowledge our next tip can help you.

3. Don’t Study hard, Study SMART

techniques and resources to study better to be successful in college:

College curriculums are not only longer than those of school, but we also have less time to study. Right?

To succeed in academic studies, you have to study hard in an easier way. Now you must be wondering how you can do this. Well, It is possible if you follow some study techniques and useful study resources.

The study techniques that I’m going to introduce here work great to boost your learning, productivity, and focus ability. 

1. SQ3R study technique:

This is a 5-step reading comprehension technique that helps you to study your textbook effectively and get the most out of it. SQ3R involves Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review.

According to the SQ3R study technique, first, you take a survey of the chapter that you wanna read, next you circulate the question about the topic like…what is this subject all about, what’re the benefits of studying it, how it’s related to the real world. Once you’ve questions then read section by section and try to find the answer to your questions. If you get the answer it’s good but if not then try to recall.

At last, review the chapter to understand it more deeply—Quiz yourself on the questions you created and re-read any portions if you need to.

2. Spaced Practice:

This technique helps you to preserve information that you learn for a longer time. According to this technique, you review and revisit the material in spaced intervals over time:

  • Day 1: Learn the material in class
  • Day 2: Revisit and review
  • Day 3: Revisit and review
  • After one week: Revisit and review
  • After two weeks: Revisit and review

3. Pomodoro Technique:

This is a time management technique that you can use to study longer. It uses a timer to break your study into intervals traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks (5 minutes).

Each 25 minutes study session is called a Pomodoro (an Italian word for Tomato). When you complete four Pomodoros while taking breaks then this technique allows you to take a long break (20 minutes). As far as studying hours go, you can adjust them as you see fit.  

4. Feynman Technique:

This technique helps you to learn a concept quickly and effectively. It is a four steps process:

  1. Pick a topic and understand it properly.
  2. Explain the topic to someone in an easy way (from basic) so that the other person can easily understand what you want to teach.
  3. Identify your knowledge gap where you can’t explain clearly.
  4. Organize+ Simplify the concept (if you can’t return to the literature to understand it better).

5. Mind-Mapping:

Mind maps use words and images to create strong associations that help you remember what you’re studying. It helps you to make and Identify relationships between a different topic that helps you to make your study more interesting and develops your subject understanding.

Useful Study Resources

Bartleby Plus:

Bartleby+ is an all-in-one educational platform designed for students like you. They’ve built their entire suite of writing, homework, and study tools to help students finish homework faster, learn easier, and write better. A subscription gets you 24/7 access to live tutors, millions of textbook and homework solutions, video explanations, and much more!

If you need help with Math, the Bartleby app allows you to snap a picture of your problem (or type it into their virtual calculator online) to get a detailed solution instantly. If writing isn’t your strong suit, use their Essay Editor tool to avoid accidental plagiarism, create citations, check spelling and grammar, and evaluate your paper for a preliminary score. If you need help from a professional, you can start an instant chat session with a tutor 24/7. Study smarter with bartleby+.

Notion for Education:

This platform helps you to make notes online and utilize them effectively. Not only that, but you can also use this platform to make a To-do list, weekly agenda, syllabus, and reading list. The best thing I like about Notion is it provides you classroom home that separates each subject with all required information and the icons through which you can indicate anything easily.

4. Apply what you learn in college

apply what you learn to bevome a successful student in college

If you learn anything in college, make sure you do the practical. Whatever you learn if you don’t apply, it would be useless to gain information. Just like when we learn a new language, we have to speak that language. If we don’t use that language in a conversation, we can’t succeed at it. Right?

So, implement what you study and what you learn. For example, if you learn how the drone works in your college lecture, try to make a drone with friends. Or, If you’re learning to code, you can participate in coding competitions.

You can also take the help of your professor. Doing these activities in college makes you a creative thinker and you can be a successful college student.

5. Build a good relationship with friends and mentors

build a good network in college

College is the first and great time for networking. Making a good relationship with your friends, seniors, and instructors not only helps you in college but can be also beneficial for your career growth.

Some of you might have heard stories of entrepreneurs starting their first businesses with friends from college. Have you ever wondered why it happens?

The reason is college is the place where you get like-minded people, who get the same study and same learning. Now it can lead to competition or a strong bonding. If you take it as a competition, nothing will happen much, however, if you work together then some magic will happen and it can make you successful with your college friends.

There is an amazing quote from Jack Ma which says, “I always find people smarter than I am. Then my job is to make sure smart people can work together. Stupid people can work together easily, smart people can’t.”

Hence, you’re smart and your college friends are smart, work together to achieve something.

Read also: 37+ Best Study Motivational Quotes for Studying Hard

6. Hone your time management skills

hone your time management skill if you want to be a successful college student

Time management is the most essential skill that everyone should master. And if you want to be a successful college student then it is essential for you to track your time.

I’m not saying you should not have fun in college or you should keep studying all the time. But I want you to know exactly how much time you’re giving to each and every task you do.

For example, when you watch any YouTube comedy videos or shorts then you should know when you’ve to stop and do something else. If you can make a routine and stick with it then nothing would be better for you but if you can’t here I’ve one simple alternative for you:

Write down your daily tasks and when you’ll do them before you go to bed or just after you wake up. Especially, focus on studying timing and how long you will be studying. You can also use time tracking apps like Toggl Tracking or Harvest.

Read also: 17+ Useful things for college students

7. Acquire new knowledge

gain additional knowledge if you want to succeed in college

Besides academic knowledge, you should also gain some additional knowledge. Don’t limit yourself when it comes to learning new things. I remember during my college days I started learning Blogging and content writing and here I ended up becoming a blogger.

However, I’m not saying you should pursue any other career option but it is not bad to have additional knowledge. You can also gain additional knowledge in your course. For example, If you’re learning how to code in college then you can pursue some online courses on Cybersecurity if it fascinates you.

Don’t you think having additional knowledge in your field can make you successful in college?

There are many online learning platforms out there you can try and pursue online courses. Udacity, Udmey, Coursera, and many more are leading in different fields.

8. Do an internship while studying

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An internship is a professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work related to a student’s field of study or career interest. Internships are great, not only do you brush up on your knowledge here but you also start making some money in college.

With your college, if you have additional time to work with corporates as an intern then you must try it. This might not give you sufficient money, however, you’ll get immense knowledge working with seniors and experienced persons around you. Remember, always look for remote jobs when you decide to do an internship.

Aside from learning about aircraft parts and maintenance in college, I was also involved in aircraft cleaning since cleaning plays a vital role in aircraft maintenance.

9. Remember your goals and where you’ve to reach

When we enter college we have only one goal in mind and we know exactly where we wanna reach. However, we don’t know where our life can take us. When I was a college student, I dreamed of becoming an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), but I dropped that course and became a blogger instead.

According to educationdata.org, College dropout rates indicate that up to 32.9% of undergraduates do not complete their degree program. You will be surprised to know it happens mostly because they get interested in another field.

Neither am I in favor of dropping out nor am I saying that you should keep studying for your college degree when you’re interested in another field.

Whenever you’re in this trouble, ask yourself if the field you want to choose can make your career, help you to achieve what you want, and are you confident about it. List down the pros and cons, take others’ opinions and do what you are passionate to do.

10. Take care of your health

take care of your health if you want to succeed in college

This is the last but most important tip to be a successful college student- Taking care of your health. College students often ignore this but remember always Health is Wealth.

They neither follow a healthy diet nor study in the right way. They pull an all-nighter and use their phone for long hours before hitting the pillow. These things can take you to eyestrain and burnout. Hence, avoid studying like this if you do.

Additionally, include some brain foods and Low GI foods like; beans, berries, nuts, chocolates, green vegetables, sweet fruits, beets, and others in your daily meal. These foods not only improve your brain health but also balance your energy levels throughout the day.

Also, keep yourself hydrated. Some research has also shown that drinking plenty of water helps one’s brain work faster and have a better focus while studying.

Now It’s Your Turn:

So, in this article, we’ve gone through 10 tips and useful resources that would definitely help you to be a successful student in college. And, I hope you enjoyed this article.

Now I’d like to hear from you:

What’s your take on this article and which tips did you like most?

Let me know in the comment…

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