6 Secrets for Second Year Success
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Learn six tips to help you succeed in your second year.
90% of students get better grades when they regularly review notes instead of cramming.
- Take a few minutes after to class to ask yourself: “How does this lecture build on what I’ve already learned?”
- Secret: The stuff you learned in first year helps a LOT in second year.
5+ The number of times A-students visit office hours in a semester.
- Okay, let’s be real: you probably didn’t go to office hours in first year. This year, no excuses! A-students are going to office hours—you should too!
- Secret: Think of a specific question to ask ahead of time. For example, "I was interested in what you said about X. But I'm not sure how X is connected to past lectures. Could you help me with that?"
2 questions to ask yourself when reviewing your graded course work
- Take 20 minutes and go beyond "How did I do?"
- Ask yourself these two questions: a) What went well and where did I lose marks? b) How can I make sure I understand next time?
- Secret: Make sure you spend time looking at each question individually
Reasons to study in a small group
- Get better grades
- Have a better attitude about learning
- Be more likely to graduate
- Create your own nerd squad! To make the most of group studying, choose people who will help you stay focused.
- Secret: For best results, study with a buddy on the regular.
9 out of 10 A-students use practice questions to study
- Train your brain! Just like weightlifters do reps to build strength, A-students make up their own questions and use practice problems to go for gold on their exams.
- Secret: Take your sample questions to office hours and ask your prof if you're on the right track.
Early bird gets the "A"
- Students who seek help early, often, and before they're stuck are more likely to achieve higher grades.
- A-students take advantage of campus programs and services (like the library!) throughout the semester—not only when they get stuck.
- Secret: Talk to your professor or visit the library when you're working on assignments or studying for tests.
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