School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Tips for Academic Success

The days when teachers looked over your shoulder and nagged you about homework and tests are past.  In many classes, especially at larger schools, you are just a face in a crowd of 300 – a “number,” as the expression goes.  Teachers assume you are sufficiently responsible to keep up with your work without individual attention.

The structure of most college courses reflects this philosophy.  Instead of daily graded assignments and monthly tests, most college professors evaluate students solely on the basis of a midterm and a final exam or a midterm and a term project.  Homework, more often than not, is optional while reading assignments are longer and less structured.  For example, instead of saying, “Read these 10 pages for tomorrow,” the professor will remark, “read this book before the next midterm.” Just as often, the professor will not say anything about assignments but rely on the syllabus given to each student the first day of class. This item-the syllabus-is invaluable; keep it in a safe place!

With class work structured in this way, falling behind tends to haunt anyone with the slightest lazy streak.  Needless to say, time management plays a large role in any successful college career.

Attending Class

How to Get an A (or almost an A)

Time Management

Study Tips


Learning Modalities

General Tips for Preparing for Tests

Analyzing Returned Tests

Additional Resources


The information in this packet was compiled from:

  • Updated: February 10, 2014