Due to this, you can usually skim or altogether skip a good amount of your assigned reading as long as you’re paying good attention during class and taking effective notes.
I’d recommend doing reading assignments when the semester begins, and then gauging their usefulness by comparing what you read to what’s presented in class and what ends up on the first test.
Do things because they get you closer to your goals, or because you like to do them.
This is a tip that I didn’t necessarily have to learn from first-hand experience, but it’s something I’ve noticed a lot of students not doing, and I’m here to say they need to start.
This is mind-bogglingly stupid; schools will send important information about classes, critical dates, events, and more to your email. I’m not saying you have to check your email every hour (in fact, I’m trying to get away from this habit), but it’s a good idea to check it at least once a day.
You should also take the time to archive or delete any messages that aren’t currently important or relevant to you; this helps you keep your inbox organized and makes pertinent items easier to see.
The other big part of being an RA is carrying the big stick.
Don’t blindly take the advice of advisors and recruiters and simply do things because they “look impressive”.2014 update – I made a video that goes more in-depth on this tip: Now, this is a tip you’ll need to judge on a case-by-case basis; there’s always that one sadistic professor in your school who will are few and far in between.For the most part, you’ll have professors who present most of the important material from the text during class, and include most of what’s on the test in their powerpoint slides.I’m halfway into my junior year now, and I can safely say I learned even more about college (and life in general) during my sophomore year than I did the year before.I learned some big lessons that changed my life altogether, and I also learned many small tips along the way that helped out as well. I’m sure I’ve got more, but these are the ones that stuck out to me.