Top 3 Tips for college freshman success in Richardson, TX

Freshmen have heard it all. Everyone from parents and friends, to YouTube influencers are offering their advice on how to have a great freshman year. At Academic Coaching Specialists, we have been actively working with students for years and are able to provide solid advice on how to make things a little easier for them during that pivotal transition. 


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Here are our Top 3 Tips for college freshman success in Richardson, TX

1. Attend every class.

Everyone will tell you this and you probably think it is a no-brainer. However, it will be tempting to skip classes from time to time, especially if they are early in the day or last thing in the day. It can become easy to rationalize with yourself that it is just one class, but the reality is that each class is designed with information and material that you will need to prepare for an exam/project or paper. If you are ill and cannot attend class, you need to email the professor ahead of the class time. Make sure any work that is due that day has been submitted online if possible. If it is not possible to submit online, ask for an extension or try to find a classmate to send it with. Showing a real effort to get work turned in on time goes a long way with professors. That, along with not constantly asking for extensions. Professors realize that things come up. They also realize the frequency with which things come up should not be excessive and will only give so much leniency.

2. You need to schedule study time each day

Just as you use a planner to determine when to go to class, likewise you should schedule your own study/work time for each class throughout the day. If you have it scheduled it is much more likely that you will follow through on it and treat it as an obligation like class. Just looking at when your next class is and thinking you might work on something is a sure way to procrastinate. Over time, this becomes a bad habit which will lead to stress and long study sessions/late nights.

3. You need to utilize the resources on your campus

Your campus is designed to be a supportive environment. Even if you commute, there are services and offices on your campus that are there for your use, free of charge and part of your tuition/fees. The writing center is a great place to visit even if you are confident in your writing abilities going in. Oftentimes, freshmen getting back their first paper are mortified to see a poor grade and so much red/correction on the paper. Instead of being surprised, take your efforts to the writing center for review BEFORE it is due. This is so that you have enough time to make the suggested corrections/edits before turning it in. Other offices to visit would be the student success or tutoring center, library (often they have librarians who will assist you in finding materials for research), career services, mental health counseling, recreation center, etc. Also, don’t forget to utilize your professors’ office hours. Even if it is just to stop in to say hello and ask one or two questions for clarification, they sincerely appreciate the time and will look favorably upon your efforts.



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