Tips for Academic Success

Many students don’t know where to start when wanting to achieve success in the classroom. Read our tips below to start maximizing your success at the U of A!

In Class Tips

  • Attend all classes.
  • Read & prepare before class.
  • Sit in the front of the classroom.
  • Take effective notes.

Study Tips

  • Review, edit, and reorganize your notes after class.
  • Schedule weekly study time.
  • Study at least 2 hours for every hour you sit in class.
  • Space your study sessions, change subjects hourly, and divide the material.
  • Study in a distraction-free environment.
  • Study when your mind is most receptive to learning.
  • Use active studying techniques.
  • Use a five-day study plan for each exam. 
  • Self test prior to exams.
  • Use previous exams as a learning tool.

Campus Resources

  • Tutors are available for 1-on-1 sessions and drop-in tutoring.
  • Academic Coaches are available to work on study skills, time management, and more.
  • Writing Studio Consultants are available for assistance on written work.
  • The MRTC offers tutors, computers, and a quiet place for all university math students.
  • University Libraries has resources available for all students, including research librarians, study spaces, and more.
  • Go to your professor's office hours.

Wellness Tips

  • Manage your health and social life.
  • Evaluate your performance periodically.
  • Get outside for sunshine and exercise.
  • Drinks lots of water and eat well.
  • On exam days, get up early, shower, drink coffee, and do practice problems. Take a 30 minute break before the exam begins.