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1. Learn to love readingCollege classes are notorious for excessive amounts of reading material. It is not uncommon for a professor to assign 70 pages or more of reading in a week. Like it or not, this is the way of most college courses, and it will probably not change anytime soon. Now is the time to transition into the pace and vigor of college-level reading. Ween yourself off the harmful habit of skimming online summaries instead of reading the text. While you may have done alright with that technique in the past, your luck is bound to run out. In college, the assigned readings are more obscure and specialized, so a summary won’t cut it.
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3. Hold yourself accountableIn high school, teachers sometimes remind students about deadlines and upcoming tests. They may even accept assignments turned in late once in a while. In college, professors are not obligated to prod students about policies or the timeline of the course. It is the student’s responsibility to stay on track, record important dates, and complete assignments according to standards. Some professors will not accept any late assignments at all. Although attendance is not always mandatory with college classes, it is the student’s job to collect missed notes and paperwork, as well as to be prepared for upcoming assessments. The ins and outs of the class tend to be noted on the course syllabus, which all your professors expect you to read and carefully take into account. You are close to being a college student—it is upon you to depend less on others and more on yourself. Be proactive; keep an agenda pad where you write down assignments and dates of tests. Ask for extra help if you do not understand a topic, rather than waiting for your teacher to offer it. If you forget to study for a quiz, accept your mistake and aim to do better next time.
Tiffany Sorensen is a professional tutor and contributing writer with Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.