Every semester, Counseling Services offers an outreach program on time management and study skills. Students receive e-mail announcements about these programs or students may contact the office to find out when the next program is scheduled.
Students can also schedule an individual appointment to talk with a counselor about ways to improve their study habits.
Top 10 Tips for Academic Success
- Use some type of schedule to keep track of your assignments and appointments.
- Make a “master schedule” for your week. When are you in class, when will you eat, exercise and sleep? Most importantly, when will you study each day? This will help you develop a routine and help structure your free time. Use this schedule sheet to get started. (see right sidebar)
- Pick a place to work that is free from distractions. For most people this is not their room or apartment.
- Turn off your cell phone and log off your Facebook, Messenger, and Twitter accounts when studying. Research shows that complete concentration enhances information encoding and retrieval.
- Establish small, attainable goals and keep working toward them. What do you want to accomplish this semester, this week, today? When you do a good job and achieve a goal, reward yourself. When you don’t reach your goals, figure out why and work to change something.
- Exercise or get involved in some type of physical activity on a regular basis. Research shows that exercise has wide spread positive effects including better sleep cycle regulation and improved attention/concentration ability.
- Get enough sleep. For most people that is 7-8 hours/night. Sleep enhances cognitive processing and it’s during sleep that memories and knowledge are solidified and organized. That makes sleep an important ingredient to learning.
- Take an active role in your education--that's the entire point of a liberal arts college. Engage in your classes, it makes everything more interesting. If you have trouble with an assignment, talk to your professors – they can help.
- Make responsible choices about your alcohol and other substance use.
- Use the resources available at the College. There are a number of resources listed below that are available to help students with academic assignments and concerns.
- The Writing Center-- Room 200 Diagnothian Hall, 717-291-3866
- Library Staff--Library Reference Desk, 717-291-4127
- Academic Tutors--check with individual departments
- Your Academic Advisor