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10 Tips for Students. A. Janet Thiel, OSF, PhD Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs Neumann University. Go to class. The #1 advice from upperclass students to freshmen is “Go to class!” There is no substitute for being there – both mentally and physically.

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10 Tips for Students


Janet Thiel, OSF, PhD

Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs

Neumann University

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Go to class.

  • The #1 advice from upperclass students to freshmen is “Go to class!”

  • There is no substitute for being there – both mentally and physically.

  • Consider each class as an opportunity to learn something new.

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Get to know the professors

  • Get to know the professors and let them get to know you.

    • Clarify course content.

    • Go over exams.

    • Get tutoring.

    • Build relationships for letters of recommendation.

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Get to know other students in your class.

  • Get phone numbers and e-mail addresses for at least 2 students in each of your classes.

  • Form a study group and meet regularly. Discuss material and quiz each other.

  • Use the www.neumann.edu site and BlackBoard Vista site for your classes to communicate easily.

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Use Time Management Techniques.

  • Plan ahead: Use a schedule, calendar and a daily “to-do” list.

  • Break down large tasks into small parts.

  • Use your “prime time” for study.

  • Balance your time for study, recreation, sleep, etc.

  • Plan enough study time.

  • Remember that a full time student means a 40 hour study/class week!

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Study Effectively

  • Know where and when you study effectively—home, dorm room, study lounge, library, empty classroom, etc.

    • Remove distractions.

    • Be consistent.

    • Schedule study time!

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Know your style

  • Know your learning style – visual, auditory, or tactile.

  • Use your strengths to study effectively.

  • Find your style

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Prepare for Class

  • Do the assigned reading before class.

    • Review each syllabus weekly.

    • Use a system for reading your textbooks.

    • Turn a passive practice into an active one.

  • Do assignments on


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Note to Self: Take Good Notes

  • Use good note-taking techniques.

    • Organize your notes for study – “cues on the left to test yourself on your notes, personal notes on the right as reminders, visual emphasis for important points, and a summary to condense material.

    • Study notes within 24 hours, before the next class, at the end of the week and several times before exams.

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Get Ready for Exams

  • Prepare for exams as you would a marathon.

    • Review material repeatedly: the more you review, the more you remember.

    • Use previous exams as a study guide.

    • Use flash cards.

    • Make summary sheets to review material from your text and notes (i.e., outlines, charts, webs, etc.)

    • Use mnemonic devices for memorizing.

    • Review your previous exams with your professor.

    • Analyze what you did wrong and make a new plan of study for the next exam, based on what you learned.

    • Allow enough time to study for exams. Begin at least one week ahead for a major exam.

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Balance Your Life

  • Balance your academic life with campus involvement.

    • Engage in special experiences to complement your academic life: internships, leadership experiences, service opportunities, study abroad, clubs, etc.

  • Learn to ask for help.

    • Use campus resources: Wellness Center, Health Center, Disability Support Services, Academic Resource Center (ARC), Career Development Office, Library Services, etc.

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Get an Academic Coach

  • To help you make the grades you want, come to the John C. Ford Academic Resource Center (ARC)! We offer individual academic tutoring, workshops, and a computer learning lab to help you with all the skills you need to be an Active student. www.neumann.edu/academics/arc.asp

  • Work with your Advisor to keep you on the pathway to graduation! Make a degree completion plan and review it with your advisor each semester. The Advising Center will be glad to give you the guidance needed to navigate Neumann’s road to a degree!

  • Both the Advising Center and the Arc are located on the ground floor. Just follow the signs!