Five Habits Of Highly Successful Students

Succeed at UW Colleges With These Tips
7/11/17
By UW Colleges

Attending college is an exciting time for any student. Opportunities to make new friends, get involved on campus and enjoy new experiences are high on many students' to-do lists. As the new semester approaches, you should also think about how you're going to be successful in school.

College success opens doors to research opportunities, potential majors and career options.The staff at each UW Colleges campus is committed to student success and strives to make sure you achieve your full potential as a student. Here are a few habits every successful student should develop.

1. Show up and be present

You've made a smart investment in your future by going to college. Make sure you're getting the most out of the experience by going to class, engaging in discussions and doing your coursework. A good foundation to success as a student is doing the basics and showing up is the perfect place to start.

Professor in green shirt with students at lab table

2. Connect with your professor

Successful students know professors can be a valuable resource for answering questions and providing study suggestions. Each UW Colleges campus has exceptional faculty whose primary focus is on working with students. Get to know your professor and they'll be happy to help you succeed.

Professor with student holding up beakers

3. Put time in

College courses are rigorous, requiring plenty of time and attention. Set aside time each day to complete assignments, study your notes and think of questions for your professor next time you have class. This can be difficult when juggling class, work and other responsibilities, but earning the degree of your dreams will make the effort worth it.

Students working together on a laptop

4. Use all your resources

As a UW Colleges student, you have a number of resources to help you succeed. Each campus has tutoring programs for a variety of subjects. Campus libraries also contain troves of valuable research and reference materials. The more you take advantage of these resources, the more successful you'll be.

Student studying in the library near rows of shelves

5. Study proactively, don't cram

Chances are at some point you've tried to cram for an exam because you put off studying. Researchers believe that's not a good habit for successful students. When you have an exam coming up, set aside time every day to go over notes, quiz yourself or join a study group. Successful students are proactive about studying instead of leaving it for the last minute.

Student wearing plaid working on quiz

Students at UW Colleges are successful because they develop many of these habits. Think about how you can be a better student, and put those thoughts into practice this coming semester!