Academic Success for College and University Students

Is this your first year in college or university? If so, college and university is an exciting journey where you will have an opportunity to select courses that align with your career goals. At times, the learning can be challenging as the pace of learning is faster in comparison to high school and you will dive deeper into complex subjects. Although there are many ways to prepare for your educational journey, here are 5 tips as you begin this school year:

  1.   Time management is essential
  • Read your syllabus at the beginning of each term to check for assignment timelines/important deadlines. Including these deadlines on your calendar and working backwards to determine the amount of time required to complete the assignment could help you in managing your time effectively.
  • Create a schedule and make a habit of attending all your lectures and tutorials. Tutorials are a great way to learn in a smaller class environment, provide an opportunity to ask questions and connect with your tutorial leader.
  • Schedule priorities for studying on a regular basis as the pace of learning is faster than high school
  1.   Know Your Learning Style

When we think of learning, many students learn in different ways. This can be especially helpful when studying or reviewing information for tests or exams.  For instance, here are some of the learning styles:

  • Kinesthetic - Learners prefer to learn through movement (e.g., acting events out)
  • Auditory -  Learners prefer listening and having a discussion about the information shared
  • Visual - Learners learn best when there are charts, graphs and graphic organizers
  1.   Access Student Services
  •  Connect with student services that are available at the college or university to support you in your academic journey (e.g., writing centre, career centre, learning skills centre), etc. 
  • Talk to the academic advisor in your department of study        
  1.   Maintain self-care
  • Take study breaks (e.g., 10- 15 minutes) in between longer study sessions
  • Create a healthy sleep routine
  • Give yourself some “me-time” where you participate in activities you enjoy (e.g., watch your favourite TV shows, walks outdoors, hang out with friends, read a book), etc.
  1.   Develop Study Habits
  • Since the pace of learning is faster as compared to highschool, it is recommended to review course material on a regular basis
  • Make study notes about each week’s lectures
  • Review readings before class
  • By reviewing content on a regular basis, you will feel more prepare when it is time for a test or an exam