A brand new year brings new challenges, new opportunities, room for greater improvement, and a new year filled with countless chances to succeed.
For Salt Lake Community College students, the beginning of a new year rings in a new semester, and these students want to see success and know that their time and effort will one day soon reward them.
Here are a few simple tips students have discovered for themselves and now share with others so they can also achieve their goals.
1. Be positive
SLCC student Kami Wall argues that it’s very important to go to school with the attitude and mindset of succeeding.
“You don’t just need a focused mind, but a positive attitude about your classes. You need to remember why you’re there,” Wall says. “Stay positive about your future and don’t let any failures or bad grades get you down … there are still more assignments to do and you can prove to yourself that you can do it.”
2. Study regularly
According to SLCC student Lyndsie Allen, keeping up on your studying will help to minimize stress, help you understand the material better, and help you to be ready for finals week.
“School is hard — period. [So] keep up on your studying,” Allen says. “Instead of putting the material off until a test, study a little bit each day. I tried that [last] semester and for the first time [ever] finals week wasn’t a cram week where I practically fell off the face of the earth!”
Fellow student Peter Leung agrees.
“Reviewing things you don’t understand clearly really helps to learn the concept,” Leung says.
3. Plan ahead
Time management is a skill that SLCC student Camilla Inkley believes will help students succeed in school.
“Plan ahead, especially for big papers and projects,” Inkley says. “If you don’t [plan ahead] finals week will be more stressful than it already is.”
Making time to study and review old lessons will help a student minimize stress and better understand the material. Leung encourages any student who needs help to reach out to classmates, teachers, and tutors.
“Always keep up with assignments and ask questions when you don’t understand something,” Leung says. “Don’t procrastinate.”
4. Stay motivated
Confidence runs high for many students at the beginning of a new semester. However, as the weeks fly by, it can become easier to get sidetracked and lose sight of the goals set early on.
Because of this, Leung says students will want to find “some type of motivation that will keep you going through the semester.”
Finding something to push you and motivate you to give it your all will change your outlook on school and you’ll crave success.
When school gets tough, remember an education is the key to succeed in the world that we live in today. Set your goals high and have that mindset of giving school 110%.
As SLCC enters its second week, now is a good time to start working on these tips other students have shared. By having a focused mind, a positive attitude, and a plan, any student will end up on the road to success.