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September 5, 2013 Previous day Next day

So you're starting another year of school - you've got new notebooks and pencils, maybe a few new outfits, but did you tuck a new study strategy into your backpack, too?

Now's the time.

The beginning of a new school year is an excellent time to start good habits. Get a calendar and fill it with all the important dates. Break projects down into smaller goals that you can cross off in the weeks and days before they're due. Review notes in the few minutes before class begins to get your head into the right place to continue on. Have a game plan and do your best to stick to it.

Know thyself.

Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as a student and adjust. Are you going to get distracted if you stay in your room/apt. to study? Then find somewhere you can focus and go there. Do you do better in a group setting? Find other students in your class who want to gather for a study group and book a regular meeting. Is your memory sketchy? Take notes or make outlines to help recall what the readings are about.

Don't be afraid to ask.

Need help? Own it and talk to your professor/get a tutor. Everyone in your field has been right where you are so don't be embarrassed about not knowing something. You're here to learn. What would be embarrassing is if you fail to make the effort. If you don't care enough to do that, then you need to dig deep and ask yourself why you're here.


This call to action is not easy. It is not meant to be. It is meant as a wake-up call. Your future starts now. You are building your career's foundation. We'll give you the resources, but how strong it will be is up to you.


Make good choices.

-Your friend with 20/20 hindsight