The first weeks of school may have you feeling like the rest of the semester will be a breeze, but self-introductions and syllabus reviews are only a smokescreen to the workload about to pile on. Just know that you’re not alone.
According to Tori Tidwell, a student leader at the Student Success Center, the biggest challenge she sees for new college students is adjusting to a new level of studying different from what they may have been used to in high school. She recommends studying three hours a week (outside of class) for every three-credit hour class. However, some courses require more work than others, and studying can include more than just doing homework assignments. She offers these tips for getting and staying on track:
- Studying in groups helps retain 2.5 times more information than studying alone.
- Don’t wait until the night before to study for an exam. It is hard for many students to bounce back from a C (or lower) on the first exam of the semester.
- Stay organized with a calendar or planner, and make daily checklists to make sure you don’t fall behind.
- Allot small chunks of time throughout the week to study. The more times you see the information, the more you’ll retain. Rewriting notes or rereading lecture slides can also help tremendously.
- Use the resources on campus that you’re already paying for. There are hundreds of people and resources on campus to help support your success, including academic, emotional, physical and social help.
The Atterbury Student Success Center, located on the north side of the Volker campus, has a number of resources designed to promote academic success. Here is a list of offices and how they can help:
- SI – Peer-assisted study sessions and informal seminars in which students compare notes, discuss readings, predict test items and develop tools for effective organization.
- MaST – Staffed by trained, part-time student tutors, working individually or in small groups.
- Academic Support and Mentoring – Workshops during the fall and spring semesters on various topics, such as APA or MLA style, developing a growth mindset and effective study techniques.
- Coaching – Peer coaches help students navigate the college experience and offer support in many capacities.
- The Writing Studio – Peer consultation to improve students’ papers and their ability as writers by focusing primarily on the organization and content of ideas, as well as grammar, mechanics and spelling.
Visit info.umkc.edu/Atterbury for more information about the Success Center and a building map.