Having graduated from university, I have a bit of an idea how to perform well there. We all have our struggles when it comes to study. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. These are mainly our natural abilities and weaknesses we don’t have too much control over.
While at university there are a lot of distractions all over the place. There are going to be things left, right and centre that are really going to be tugging away at you. Hopefully you have chosen a program that will enable you to really focus on what you want to do. You will have some kind of passion for it.
You need to set yourself up for success right from the beginning. This includes choosing the right program. It must be a program with coursework you have enjoyed and done well at before university. Also, it needs to be in the field that you want to gain employment in after work.
You need to be careful with this one. There is a lot of coursework with not many career prospects at the end of it. So, you need to have done your due diligence in that regards. Of course, you don’t even have to go to university. There is a bit of a rush to get into what you like, without enough thought process to what you are going to do after. A lot of people get caught up in this so be careful.
Before you choose a program have a look at all the coursework involved. Look at all the courses you must do so you know what you are in for. You need to know what the assignments are on, what are the exams on, what are the text books you will be using. If you can, try to borrow the text books from the library and read the coursework. Is it something you like? Are you into doing that type of work? You can also try to get examples of past assignment questions and exam papers. Again, is this something you really want to do?
Be well prepared – it is better if you are well prepared for everything as it comes in. As soon as you receive the coursework make a thorough plan about what you are going to do. This includes becoming familiar with the knowledge you need for every subject. Get on top of things early. As soon as an assignment comes in pounce on it. Be crazy proactive and don’t give things a second thought, get on top of it.
Network with students and compete – the key to being successful in your courses is by letting your competitive streak come to the forefront. You must get to know other top students doing your course. This way you will have other people to compete with. You also need to form relationships that will be valuable later in your career.
Studying can be tough when you are going in alone. You need direct competition with your peers allowing you to do your best. People perform best when there is a social aspect to their study. It is a tough slog without a bit of collaboration.
Try to be tactful in the way you network with other students. Try to get together and study together. Add them on social media so you can message them directly to ask them questions. Doing things like this will make all the difference.
You need to form close trust with these other students. This way you will be able to share answers and results and it will be super useful. That collaborative way of studying is for sure the most effective way.
In final words I must just say that it is important that you choose something you are passionate about. Too many people just float through university and are not even that into the coursework. If you are in this category you should not even go to university.
Too many people are conned into university thinking that it is what everyone does. That it is just expected of them. You have an option. Unless you are going to go the hard yards you should probably not even bother.