By Elizabeth Rittiman - June 12th, 2015
We know several ways to succeed in college, but who better to hear from than those who are making it work for them?
On June 20th, we will have over 700 students participating in our graduation ceremony. This led us to wonder, “What advice would our students and alumni give to others who are just starting their degree program?” So we asked them, and naturally, they all had great university success strategies. Whether you’re just starting your first class or still trying to decide if you’re ready to go back to school, their advice might help ensure your success.
Rachel B. “Pick a routine, stick to it, and you won’t fall behind. Don’t take any breaks – save an “easy” class – take those instead of a break…”
Brandon P. “Review the whole course map before the term begins, and attack the reading first. You can always circle back as you work through the assignments each week, but the more content you can absorb early in the course, the better.”
Abrahamica S. “Be organized. Stay on top of all assignments. Pace yourself. Stay focused…and remember that the path to success is not always the easiest path to take… YOU CAN DO THIS!”
Chad M. “Be organized, and stick to your study times. Also, take a break every now and again even if it’s 15-20. Helps refocus after a couple of hours of studying.”
Diane J.F. “Dig in, and don’t look back.”
Debbie S. “Stay focused!!! There will be days you want to give up. But it’s one day at a time, one assignment at a time… It’s worth it in the end.”
Michelle O. “Work on your final projects throughout the ENTIRE term. You have the assignment on day one, don’t wait until the last Sunday to try to write 10 pages.”
Joe D. “Don’t give up. It took me 52 months taking one class at a time, but it is so worth it!”
Jon S. “Pay attention to deadlines, answer essay questions precisely to the question, take your time with references, be courteous, and take it one week at a time. Most professors are very understanding; do email them if you have some difficulties.”
There you have it, right from the experts – our students. Remember, these are your peers, and they’re really supportive. Reach out to them if you have questions or are struggling. Talk to your instructors too. If you do find yourself needing more help, we offer free online tutoring. Your classmates, instructors, and CSU Global staff and support teams want to see you succeed!
Do you have other tips to share? Or do you need some advice from fellow students? Connect with each other on our Facebook page and ask questions or share your success stories.
Elizabeth Rittiman spent the first seven years of her career working in television news. When she moved to Denver with her husband in 2011 she used the opportunity to switch gears in her career to find a role where she could be more of an advocate for the things she was passionate about, education being one of them. When she’s not working, she enjoys skiing and snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountains.