Essentials For Succeeding At University

By Nipissing University Modified on August 02, 2017

Make the most of your academic year.


It’s hard to believe that the Fall season is right around the corner and that we’ll be trading our summer lifestyles for 9 am classes and homework. However, this is the perfect time to set your goals and create a plan that will allow you to have a stellar academic year. Ask any successful university student about their strategies and undoubtedly their advice will be the same: have a plan, manage your time, and show up.

It sounds simple enough, so let’s review the tactics. Just like baking a chocolate cake, succeeding at university also requires a plan. It is recommended that you make an appointment with an academic advisor at least once a year to ensure you have a feasible academic plan and that the courses you select meet graduation requirements.

Dealing with class schedules, assignments, exams, part-time employment, and a social life is taxing. Manage your time more effectively by utilizing an agenda. Schedule everything, include specific tasks and deadlines, and make sure to refer to your agenda on a regular basis. Whether you’re planning to attend one of the fitness classes at the Student Athletics Centre or you’re scheduling time to prepare for midterms, keeping an agenda with ensure you stay on top of all your commitments.

Classes, lectures, and labs are full of valuable content and typically cover more than the textbook, so it is crucial that you show up. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially if you are struggling with a concept; you’ll be amazed by the information you absorb by participating. In the event that you need additional academic support or need help with a personal issue, seek out the services available through the Office of Student Development and Services.

Finally, have fun! Remember that learning happens outside the classroom, too.