To be a successful student you need to be organized, prepared, develop effective study skills, and manage your time productively.Here are some tips to make your life easier and your grades higher.
Study Skills

Be Prepared and Organized
Three-ring binder with pockets: Either purchase a large binder to contain the materials from all of your courses, or several smaller binders for individual classes.
Keep all of your important course documents in the binder, including your syllabus, handouts, and returned tests and assignments. Include blank paper as well. Always bring your binder to class with you.
Use a written or electronic planner or calendar to keep track of your classes, assignments, due dates, work schedule, and any appointments that you keep with your instructors, counselors or advisors.
Own a calculator, particularly if you have any science classes. Know how to operate your calculator, and always bring it to class. You never know when you'll need it.
Collect the e-mail addresses and phone numbers of some other students in your class. You may need to reach them during the semester.
Form study groups with other students. Study groups are great tool for making learning easier.
Behavior That Contributes to Success
Attend every class and be on time. Being chronically late for class is disruptive and disrespectful.
Try to read the related textbook material prior to class. Doing this will make it much easier to understand the lecture material once you are in class.
- When the instructor is speaking, no one else should be talking.
- Don't come to class and sleep. If you are too tired to be in class, stay home and figure out how you can get enough rest to be a student again.
- No loud yawning. Although yawning is an involuntary action, you can control the volume. Yawning loudly in class is disrespectful.
Ask questions if you are not sure. If you have a question, chances are that others in the class do too.
Complete your assignments on time. There are usually penalties for turning in assignments after the due date.
Utilize online tools. If your instructor uses an online interface like Blackboard or Educator, utilize it. You may be able to find your course materials and important course documents online.
Electronics: Turn off your cell phone or set it to vibrate during class.