Category Archives: academic success

The Mid-term Office Hours Visit

The term is halfway over. You have received some graded work, so you know how well you are meeting academic expectations. Whether you are doing well or poorly, you need to go to office hours again. For each class you … Continue reading

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You bombed the exam. Now what?

The class comes to an end. As you leave, you pick up your exam. You look at the grade in disbelief. There must be some mistake! You flip through each page, seeing answer after answer marked as wrong. You check … Continue reading

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Sleep Your Way to Better Academic Performance

Should I study for another hour or get a good night’s sleep? Sleep is always the best choice. To see why that is, let’s start with a question. What is the purpose of studying? The ultimate purpose is to get … Continue reading

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You Need A Mentor

If you want to supercharge the value you are getting from college, find one or more mentors. You might not know or have a vague idea of what a mentor is. A mentor is someone who is more experienced than … Continue reading

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So What’s Your Major?

Tell me, how do you want to spend your working life? What job do you want? Please figure that out by the end of the term, or if absolutely necessary, by the end of the academic year, so we can … Continue reading

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Stand and Deliver To Perform Better

“Welcome to college, please have a seat.” We sit in class to take notes or engage in discussions. We sit while writing papers. We sit while studying for quizzes and exams. And we sit for those, too. A typical person … Continue reading

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Go To Office Hours – The First Visit

Your professor is available to meet with you on a weekly basis. The time slot is called “office hours” and most of the time, no students show up. For lots of students, the though of meeting with your professor one-on-one … Continue reading

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The Power of Showing Up

Ninety percent of success is just showing up. When you start college, lots of people will give you advice. “Go to class” is the best advice there is. Wait a minute. Going to class is a choice? You don’t have … Continue reading

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Write Better Papers—A Big Picture View

In some classes, papers are high stakes—a single paper could make up 40% of your grade. In classes where the majority of your grade is determined by papers, you need to step back and develop a plan of attack. This … Continue reading

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Exercise for Academic Success

Are you one of those people who would get more exercise if you did not have to spend so much time studying? Well read on, because I have some good news for you. Exercise improves brain function, and scientists are … Continue reading

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