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College is meant to be a memorable experience, and you should make the most out of it while you can.
Thatâ€™s great advice that Iâ€™ve heard one too many times, but few people actually explain how to be a productive student. Here are some tips that I picked up after years of school:
1. Get Organized
With four to six classes, a part-time job, extra activities, exercise and a social life to fit in one week, things can become real overwhelming real fast. I learned to control my schedule by keeping everything organized.
Make to-do lists, and maintain a calendar of assignments. Write down your class schedule and tack it up in plain sight. Separate your course documents into different folders, and keep your room and desk area clear. The more organized your life is, the easier it is to accomplish tasks and avoid stress.
2. Be Present
The point of going to college is to learn more so you can be successful in your chosen field, but you donâ€™t learn much when you aren’t in class. Save those sick days for when you really need them, and motivate yourself to hop out of bed. If you calculate how much each hour of class really costs, sometimes youâ€™re paying hundreds of dollars for that hour of slacking off. It would be like ordering an expensive meal and then not eating it. Itâ€™s really a waste of money to skip.
Of course, being present doesn’t mean just sitting in a chair. Actively engage in class discussion. Donâ€™t be afraid to ask questions or give answers because thatâ€™s how you learn, and trust me, professors respond better to an enthusiastic classroom over a sea of bored faces.
3. Develop Good Study Habits
Your workload nearly doubles in college, so itâ€™s important to master good studying habits right away. Every person is different, so find a method that works for you.
Place yourself in a quiet environment and eliminate distractions. Turn off your phone, internet and television, and donâ€™t study with a group unless youâ€™re all from the same class. Try multiple methods such as flash cards, rewriting your notes, acronyms or saying the information out loud.
4. Get Enough Sleep
I broke this rule constantly until I learned how important it is. Without proper sleep, you could have trouble focusing as well as increased anxiety, weight gain and risk of illness.
DrSnooze suggests creating a sleep schedule and sticking to it. Itâ€™s fine to stay out late every once in a while, but donâ€™t make it a habit. Get your work done early, and put off relaxing activities like television or video games until bedtime.
5. Eat Healthy
As a freshman, my new meal choices were between what I bought at the grocery store and what the dining hall served in its all-you-can-eat buffet. Unlimited pizza, soda and ice cream may tempt you, but they only give you short bursts of energy, not nearly enough to conquer your day.
Make wise choices when it comes to food. Try to eat a balanced diet with meat, fruits and vegetables, and cut back on the junk food. Instead of chips or candy, pick up apples or granola bars when you go grocery shopping. Eating healthy gives you more energy to do your work and prevents you from gaining the dreaded freshman 15.
6. Look into School Services
Many schools offer services dedicated to helping you, and sometimes theyâ€™re free. Search your schoolâ€™s website for the different types of service available.
Health centers often provide counseling or medical care. Librarians assist students with their research by finding them sources. Writing and tutoring centers can help you with papers and studying. Any of these are worth a try, especially if youâ€™re struggling to get things done.
7. Make Time for Fun
In all that seriousness, I wish someone had told me to lighten up and relax. Having fun at school is equally important for relieving stress and creating a memorable college experience, so go out on the weekends. Socialize. Make sure it doesnâ€™t distract from your studies, but make sure you find time to laugh and enjoy all that school has to offer. Youâ€™ll be less stressed and more productive.
Â Written by UWW CoBE Alumnnus Steve Nash
Completing your college degree from the comfort of your couch in your pajamas, now that sounds awesome!Â Online learning gives students flexibility and convenience to earn their degree while juggling multiple other things in their life like work and family. So how do you know if you are ready to be an online learner? These tips may help you succeed in online learning.
You donâ€™t have to be a computer geek to succeed in an online course. Anyone that can surf the internet, shop online, and attach a document to an email has the basic computer skills necessary to take an online course. No need to rush out and buy the top of the line, most expensive laptop either. Check out the minimum computer requirements needed to access the online business courses.
Ditch your dial-up internet connection. You will need more than just the basic dial-up internet service. Because the online business courses have video and interactive components, you will need a little bit more than basic dial-up.
Organization is crucial. Online learning requires discipline and time management skills. The most successful students set a specific time for coursework and recommend devoting some time at least every other day to their online course. This prevents procrastination and falling behind. Upfront planning is also critical to your success. Take your syllabus and course calendar the very first day of class and integrate it with every other responsibility or commitment you have for the rest of the semester.Â Remember, give yourself some time to relax and enjoy!
Yes you can! Stay motivated. Some students have a specific goal in mind such as completing their degree in order to be promoted at work. Others have always wanted a college degree and some have their sights set on the graduation ceremony.Â Whatever your motivation is to earn a business degree, always remember that and focus on why you want this degree.Â Your motivation will help you learn more and push yourself especially in stressful times.
Ask questions, and then ask more questions. An advantage of an online class is there is no time limit for discussions like a face-to-face class. Ask more questions; make the most of your online discussions.Â Be more in-depth and engage other classmates and your instructor in grand discussions. You will learn more and be more interested in your course which means you are motivated as well!
Connect with your classmates, professors, and your school. Reach out to your classmates and create your own â€ślearning community.â€ť You are all in this online class together; why not create your own support network? Your connections with classmates can translate into career networking opportunities down the road. Ask your professor for help if you donâ€™t understand something. Building a connection with a professor not only engages you in learning, it can also lead to great networking connections for future employability.Â And last, but by no means least, you are more than an online student.Â You are a UW-Whitewater Warhawk. As an online student, you can still be a part of many campus activities. Attend events without coming to campus, check out the CoBE YouTube Channel for videos of events on campus.
In closing, a wise instructor once said â€śThere is a common theme with online learning and that is higher grades are earned by those who do not procrastinate, who keep in touch with instructors, who interact with other students by asking questions, and who never miss deadlines.”Â Do those things and you are on a great path to success. And as always, remember you are a member of one of the greatest business schools in the world.Â You are a UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics student.
If you have a family, are working, and going to school at the same time then you are the typical college student. Many students are no longer the traditional 18 year old high school graduates heading to college. Todayâ€™s students are working during college to support themselves and their families which is like working two full-time jobs.
The average online student is between 25 and 44, employed full time and pursuing an undergraduate degree according to a survey of 68,760 online learners from 87 institutions by Noel-Levitz, a consulting company that helps colleges with enrollment and student success. More than half of the surveyed online learners are married, and 35 percent are married with kids.
Is it possible to be a successful student while also keeping up with lifeâ€™s demands?Â It is. Balancing family, work, and school is something many online students have in common.Â By pursuing your bachelorâ€™s degree in business online, you will be among other students in similar situations.Â And this is what online leaning is best for: students who need flexibility in earning their degrees in order to fit learning into a busy life.
So how can you successfully manage work, family, and school?Â Here are few tips:
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Alexandria, VA, has conferred the 2013-2014 Superior Merit Award designation to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater SHRM Student Chapter for an exceptional job of providing opportunities for growth and development to its student chapter members.Â This is the 30th consecutive year that the UW-Whitewater chapter has received this award.Â UW-Whitewater was one of 32 student SHRM chapters to receive the Superior Merit Award this year.Â The UW-Whitewater SHRM chapter will be recognized in SHRMâ€™s publications and at its conferences.
SHRM is the worldâ€™s largest association devoted to human resource management.Â Representing more than 275,000 professional and student members in over 160 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.Â Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated professional chapters, and more than 450 student chapters within the United States.
Chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014. The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, exists to develop more effective student chapters, and to promote effective activities and projects by student chapters in the following areas: basic student chapter requirements and operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession, and partnership/engagement with SHRM.
â€śThis was another outstanding year for our SHRM chapter,â€ť said Jon Werner, faculty co-advisor of the chapter, along with Professor Steve Guo. â€śStephanie Wilson, the chapter president, and the entire executive board, did a great job of planning and carrying out the many activities necessary for a successful chapter, and to once again receive the Superior Merit Award distinction,â€ť said Werner.
For more information about SHRMâ€™s Student Chapter Merit Award program, visit http://www.shrm.org/Communities/StudentPrograms/Pages/awards.aspx.