Tips To Succeed In A College Class

Easy ways to thrive at UW Colleges
By UW Colleges

Whether you're a college student fresh out of high school, you're an adult looking for a change or somewhere in the middle, college classes present unique challenges. Study strategies that worked in the past might not cut it in college and successful students find a way to step their game up.

Students on UW Colleges campuses succeed for a variety of reasons. Although college can throw you plenty of curveballs, there are some tried-and-true strategies for success in your classes. Here are a few.

1. Go to every class

You’ve probably heard it a hundred times before, but in college no one can force you to attend class. But skipping a lecture means missing out on valuable material, and losing out on time with your professor. Make a point to attend every lecture, discussion and lab in order to make the most of your learning experience.

Student sitting in lecture

2. Get to know your professor

Each UW Colleges campus is home to exceptional faculty that work with students in the classroom every day. Get to know your professors from the first day of class. Ask them questions about topics, additional resources to check out and what the test is going to look like. Your professors want you to succeed, so make sure you're making the most of your time with them!

Professor working with students

3. Be prepared to hit the books

A general rule in college is to study 2 hours for every hour you spend in class. If your class meets 3 hours a week, plan on studying 6 hours outside of class through readings, reviewing lecture material and completing assignments. If you need assistance putting together a study plan, visit with our academic advisors or check-in at your campus' tutoring center!

Student looking at book in library

4. Find a quiet spot for work

We live in a distracting world, so finding a spot to hunker down with your books is key. Check out a campus library or commons area with plenty of tables, charging stations and light. When you're at your study spot, make sure to turn off outside distractions like phones and social accounts.

Student with a book

5. Join a study group

Thanks to small class sizes, you'll get to know your classmates pretty quickly. When exams come around, team up with your peers and join a study group. Quiz one another, go over notes and help others with material to gain a better understanding of the topics. Your campus' tutoring center can help you get study groups started!

Student work group

6. Visit a tutor

Every UW Colleges campus has friendly, helpful tutors to work with you on a variety of topics. Not grasping a concept in calculus? Need help getting started on an essay? Want to practice some new material from chemistry class? Tutors can help you learn new concepts and develop study habits to help you succeed.

Tutor and student

Starting a new college class can be daunting, but everyone on campus is committed to your success as a student. Use these tips to thrive in class and achieve your higher education dreams.