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Prince George's Community College
Marlboro Hall 2118
301 Largo Road
Largo, Maryland 20774
301.322.0495
Ways to Succeed in College Courses

1. Using Time Effectively

To begin making more productive use of your time, you need to know not only how you have been spending it, but also how you want to use your time more effectively.    

 

2. Defeat Procrastination

 

Everyone procrastinates, but listening to the messages you give yourself can help to keep procrastination to a minimumWhatever the reason, identify what you think and feel about the task.  It may not make it easier, but you may be able to minimize your procrastination. 

 

3. Participating in Class

 

By becoming actively involved in class, you stay focused, and you take better notes on the important aspects of the discussion.  You also have a greater chance of remembering material enlivened by class discussion, especially if you actively participated .

 

4. Setting Goals for Studying

 

Whether you are settling in for a long study session for a major exam or just squeezing in a short period to review for a quiz, you should have a specific goal for your study session.  Before you begin working, determine what you want to accomplish and how long you plan on studying to reach your goal.

 

5. Getting Motivated

 

The first thing you need to know about motivation is that it comes from within—no one else can give it to you.  Someone may temporarily inspire you, but on a daily basis you must reach inward and find the will to motivate yourself.  Your college experience will make hundreds of unique, life-challenging opportunities available to you, but no one will force you to take advantage of these opportunities.  Your attitude is critical.

 

6. Become an Active Participant

 

Active participation means engaging in a dialog with yourself or others to decide what your basic thoughts are and to analyze how you came to these conclusions.  By thinking about and sorting out available information, you will be able to begin the process of problem solving, which is an important part of thinking critically.

 

7. Taking Advantage of Campus Resources

 

Using campus resources can make the transition to college life easier for both recent high school graduates and adults returning to the academic environment.  First, identify people, offices, and departments that offer support.  Then determine their various locations, hours, and services offered.