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Path to Academic Success

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Judy Lynch

on 9 September 2013

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Transcript of Path to Academic Success

The Path
to Academic

Manage Your


Write down every assignment when it is given

Transfer information from your syllabi
to your planner

Keep track of appointments and study group times

Identify your planner with your
name & phone number
Allow 2 hours of study for each hour in class

Study at the same time every day

Make use of free hours during the day

Schedule study periods to follow classes

Space out study periods and take breaks
Plan Major Reviews
Predict Exam
Keep a notebook of potential exam questions

Ask your instructor what will be on the test

Pull out questions from your notes & text

Brainstorm questions with other students

Practice working problems with different variables
Impress Your Professors
Arrive early

Ask questions about the subject

Pay attention during class

Show interest in the subject

Turn assignments in on time

Be courteous and respectful
Outside of the Classroom
Do assignments & readings before class

Print PowerPoints and bring to class

Arrive early and review previous notes

Try to determine the theme of the upcoming lecture

Check email and KSOL regularly

Take advantage of office hours

Go to extra review sessions

Do any extra credit that is offered
Before You Read
Good Notes

Be Organized
Record Carefully
Copy what is on the board or overhead

Use complete sentences for important stuff

Identify key terms and mark examples

Keep your own thoughts separate

Use a symbol for when you are LOST
Prepare in Advance
Read Your

Set Semester Goals
Set Long Range Goals
State information in your own words

Use abbreviations and symbols

Highlight and use different colors

Experiment with different note taking styles (e.g., the Cornell method)

Plan Weekly Reviews
Use Campus

Life Cafe
Follow these
steps and become the successful student you were meant to be!!

Judith Lynch, Director
Academic Assistance Center

Use a Planner
Make a
Daily Schedule
Use a time grid to block out set times for




and then plan . . .
Study Time
Major Assignments



Special Projects
Plan ahead for
Sit near the front

Notice the instructor’s interest level

Pay attention to the board & overheads

Watch for repetition

Listen for transition, introductory
or summary words
Watch Your Instructor
Listen carefully

Actively participate

Ask questions

Relate the material to
what you already know
Focus on the Lecture
Edit & review within 24 hours

Write key words & concepts in left margin

Use your key words as cues to recite

Relate notes to what you read in the text

Reduce and reorganize as you review

Predict test questions based on notes
Develop Your Own System
Review Your Notes
Use a 3-ring binder

Write on just one side of paper

Label, number and date all notes

Write legibly and stay organized

Leave plenty of blank space
Survey the entire assignment

Read chapter headings

Read summary statements

Look for familiar concepts

Make a brief outline or concept map
Write in the margins

Highlight key concepts (but no more than 10%)

Look up unfamiliar words

Turn headings into questions (or make up your own)

Write answers to the questions you formulated

Write new questions to ask your instructor in class
While You Read
Review within 24 hours of reading

Test your recall of highlighted information

Recite complicated points

Relate the reading to your class notes

Summarize the reading using an outline,
concept map or organizational chart
After You Read
Do short reviews in each subject

Review and relate class notes to your text

Test your recall of key information

Reduce and reorganize your notes as you review

Write questions to ask your instructor or tutor
Start early--don’t wait until the night before the exam

Make a list of what to study (e.g., notes, textbook, quizzes, papers, lab sheets, handouts, old exams and any graded material)

Use organizational tools such as comparison charts, concept maps, flash cards, and mnemonic devices

Remember that organizing information on paper helps organize it in your mind for easy retrieval
Thorough preparation is the best remedy for test anxiety!! Tell yourself . . .
Decide what grade you want in each class

Set study goals to help you get what you want

Know where you stand in every class

Know how each class fits into your academic plan
Know your curriculum requirements

Make a 4 or 5-year academic plan

Use DARS (the Degree Audit Reporting System)

See your advisor several times a semester—
not just when it’s time to enroll

Explore potential majors & careers at the Academic & Career Information Center (ACIC)
Set Daily Goals
Write a "To Do" list every day

Make and follow a daily schedule

Prioritize what is important

Spend your time according to your priorities
In the Classroom
Study With Others
Seek out other dedicated students

Ask classmates, post a note, or pass around a sign-up sheet

Limit groups to 5 or 6

Avoid too much socializing
Compare notes

Practice teaching each other

Brainstorm test questions

Test each other by asking questions

Create group concept maps or organizational charts
Ways to Get Involved
Join one of the hundreds of organizations
listed at www.ksu.edu/directories/orgs.html

Ask your advisor if there is a club for your major

Volunteer through HandsOn Kansas State

Find a part-time job in your major

Participate in intramural sports
Meet people who share your interests

Learn to manage multiple commitments

Develop your leadership skills

Gain experience for your future career

Add balance to your life—relax & have fun
Benefits of Being Involved
Belonging to many organizations means little if you never take a leadership role

Over-involvement can detract from the pursuit of your goals

Activities may take time and money that you should be saving for school
Avoid These Pitfalls


Fill out a simple application in 101 Holton

Request one or more weekly sessions

Watch your email to find when and where your tutoring session will be

Meet regularly with a tutor and 1 to 4 other students
Sign up for FREE tutoring sessions
Feel free to go to them . . .
For help when things go wrong

For advice on your future career

For references for scholarships, internships, and jobs
Academic Assistance Center
Form study groups outside of class
Use study group time wisely
Academic & Career Information Center (ACIC)
Student Access Center
Financial Counseling
If you have
to miss class,
get notes from
a classmate!!
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