Academic advisers are here to assist you in the development of meaningful and educational plans that are compatible with your interests, abilities and life goals. However, you need to be responsible for your own academic success. College is a serious matter and it requires a clear focus and motivation as you begin your journey on the road to academic success. The following tips will help you to successfully navigate that road as well as to establish a mindset for success.
Review the School of Engineering Catalogue before starting your studies. It is important that you review the information in the catalogue, particularly those relating to academic policies, conduct, and behavior and the curriculum and course of study for your major.
The best way to stay on top of your work is to go to class! Make sure to go to even those early morning classes and to do all the homework and assignments on time. Develop and practice effective study habits.
Learn to study smarter – not harder. Set aside specific times to study in a conducive atmosphere, learn how to review all of your class material thoroughly and in advance, and form a small study group with several of your classmates.
Look at college as a job that will require you to spend a certain amount of time to accomplish your goals. Learning to set priorities and to plan ahead will also help you to manage your time more efficiently.
Being well organized will help you to stay focused, to prepare for class, and to submit assignments on time. It will also help you have more time for all your academic and personal activities.
Developing short-term and longer-term goals that are clear and realistic will give you direction and concrete, step-by-step strategies to achieve them.
Your academic adviser is your academic guide for your academic career at the School of Engineering. Maintaining regular contact with your adviser allows you to develop a program of study that will address both your academic needs and long term goals.
Learn how to communicate with your professors. Interacting with them allows you to discuss coursework, acclimate to their teaching styles, and distinguish yourself from your peers. Visit them during their office hours to discuss any questions that you have about the coursework.
Don’t be afraid to admit that you may need help and to ask for it! Services include the Polytechnic Counseling Center, the Polytechnic Tutoring Center, Special Services and the TRIO program, Career Services, Student Development, and the resources of the Dibner Library, just to name a few.
While academics are your main focus, take advantage of the learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. Make friends, join student clubs and professional organizations, and get the most out of your college experience. It is the beginning of your life’s work. Learn to enjoy it. You are the navigator of this journey!