Four Tips to Help You Succeed as a Student at Broadview
Published on December 20, 2017 by arothstein
At Broadview University, we want you to be the most successful student you can be. Whether you’re coming to us directly from high school or returning to the classroom after many years, we hope these tips will be helpful to you as you complete your degree.
Find Your Space: Setting Boundaries
Your classes will likely require assignments, papers, and studying for exams. This means you should have a place at home that will maximize your ability to focus. While some people are able to work at a busy cafe or in a buzzing living room, you might feel more comfortable and quiet location you can escape to for schoolwork. Perhaps you already do have an extra room where you can set up a desk or table; this is an appealing option because this nook can become a place you associate with getting work done.
If you don’t have a spare room you can dedicate to work, do the next best thing: Remove yourself from in-the-moment distractions. Shut a door. Set clear boundaries with family members or housemates, such as setting up blocks of time where you ask that you not be disturbed.
Find Your System: Getting Organized
Due dates. Handouts. Syllabi. There’s a lot to keep track of as a student. Find an organization system that works best for you.
Surprisingly, despite being in a day where there’s an app for everything, a paper planner, whiteboard, or to-do list often works better since it’s always there. Sometimes when tracking systems live online, they can become “out of sight, out of mind.”
If your course materials are housed online or sent to you by email, print out a copy of some of the more important ones, such as a class syllabus. Also, since many of your courses may be related or if you’ll eventually need to study for a licensing exam, you may wish to keep work you’ve done throughout the program handy.
Consider how you’ll save and store notes, papers, and assignments so you can easily reference them later. Perhaps create folder for each class in a cloud-based system like DropBox or Google Drive to ensure you don’t lose them. Likewise, keep hard copies in an organized system such as folders stored inside a portable plastic file tote.
Find Your Routine: Making the Time
It can be easy to procrastinate reading and assignments, but try not to fall into the habit of waiting until the last minute. That not only adds pressure, but also means you might not have time to ask for help if you need it. Instead, block out some time each day to study or work on upcoming assignments. This keeps you learning mode, and the consistency will help you stay on top of your work. Also, for assignments that require some research and writing, starting early means more time to revise and perfect your work.
Find Your Voice: Communicating with Instructors
Your BVU instructors are here for you. It’s important to communicate your needs to them. For example, if you don’t understand something in class, ask a question. The discussion it could open can help you and your classmates learn a concept better. If you’re unsure of something on the syllabus or in an assignment, reach out for assistance, well ahead of any deadlines.
Communicating doesn’t just relate to schoolwork and course material. Look ahead at the calender: Let your instructor know as early as possible potential conflicts such as scheduled appointments or trips. Being open and honest with instructors helps you stay on track and do better work, and it also helps maintain a good student-teacher relationship.
Every student is different: It’s all about finding the study strategies and learning methods that are right for you. These four tips are specific, yet flexible enough that they can be implemented and customized in the way you see fit.
If you’re looking to return to the classroom, you may find the learning environment you’re looking for at Broadview University. Find out more about us today.
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