Remember to keep on top
of your schoolwork regularly.
The amount of effort you put towards earning your college diploma or university degree will reap its rewards in your life after post-secondary education. When you're in a demanding p rogram in college or university, it is normal to be concerned about your academic progress. Here are some suggested steps to take towards academic success (adapted from the University of Toronto Scarborough's Academic Advising and Career Centre's 8 Steps to Academic Success Tipsheet).

You are more likely to accomplish a goal if you make it a S.M.A.R.T. goal - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. For example, if you are assigned 40 pages of reading for your Business Administration class to tackle for the week, set a S.M.A.R.T. goal to manage your readings:

“I will read 10 pages of my Business Administration textbook every other day.”

Set a realistic schedule for yourself. Know where your time goes! Do you find yourself watching Friends only to end up watching two hours of prime time television? You could have finished your essay outline during that time! When it comes to studying, study for 2-3 hours for every hour of class time (e.g. If you have 6 hours of class per week, aim to study at least 12-18 hours per week).

You are allowed to have fun, make friends, and participate in extra-curricular activities, but be sure that you do not let these things neglect your studies!

Go to class regularly to make the payments toward your tuition worth it! Before class, do assigned readings - you’ll take better notes. Intend to walk out of each lecture with something you've learned during the hours. Enhance the learning process by asking your instructor questions.

Be confident in your ability to succeed! Look forward to what you will learn and have an inquiring mind - question the material you are learning.

Before and after class, review assigned chapters and readings. Make study notes as you go through the readings and make study notes to review on a regular basis. Review and edit notes you've taken during class after class (within 24 hours, ideally right after the lecture hour).

With the notes that you've prepared, aim for 3-4 major reviews of your notes before exams. If you are a visual learner, highlight important points and definitions and draw diagrams in your notes.

When preparing for exams, one of the best things you can do is review past exams. Your instructor, department, or program student union may provide students with past exams. On top of the past exam questions, make practice study questions – going through the main ideas presented throughout the course would be a good starting point to formulate practice questions. Also, memorize definitions and formulae – you can try making cue cards!

Know the type of exam format to expect and the content covered on the exam - your instructor will tell you.

Remember to take care of yourself - make sure you eat balanced meals and sleep 8 hours per night!