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June 1, 2015

Quick and Simple List of College Do’s and Don’ts

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What’s one thing that college freshmen tend to learn the hard way? That achieving academic success in college is way different in college than it was in high school. This is even moreso the case for students who decide to study abroad.

There are many tips and tricks that all college students can use, to make the most of their experience- and they aren’t even all that complicated!

Here’s our list of do’s and don’ts for success in college:



  1. Take responsibility for your own actions, and practice control. You choose your own fate in college. It is the job of your professors to lead you to the fountain of knowledge, and your job to drink.
  2. Set realistic goals for each semester. Don’t risk falling into a downward spiral by setting astronomical goals.
  3. Develop a system to keep track of your assignments/due dates/notes/readings, etc. For some, it’ll be apps. For others, good ol’ pen and paper. Find what works for you, and stick to it.
  4. Understand your strengths and weaknesses in terms of studying. This will also help you with your course selection. Again- do what works for you.
  5. Set a time to study each day. You wouldn’t want to cram too much information for too many classes in different points.
  6. Plan, research, write, and edit papers well before the deadline. It’s amazing how simple errors and the silliest typos seem to pop of of nowhere as you reread your papers.
  7. Seek assistance if you find yourself struggling. If study groups aren’t your thing, you can directly meet with your professor in his/her office hours. Be sure to attend review sessions.
  8. Live a healthy lifestyle. Try your best to eat well, stay hydrated, exercise, and sleep!



  1. It’s not a good idea to be all work and no play. Take part in activities that will be beneficial to your personal development. According to our friend Jack Shannon, Co Founder of Recess, you should “Check out different clubs and organizations freshman year, but after that find 1 or 2 that you want to be deeply involved with. Your goal should be to become the president of that organization by your junior or senior year. This will teach you valuable leadership schools and look good on your resume!”
  2. Your academic performance is yours alone. Don’t compare yourself with anyone else.
  3. Don’t freak out if you don’t get the grade you expected. Instead, create an action plan to get closer to the grade you want.
  4. Study smart, but don’t study hard. There’s a reason why many fare better by studying for one hour, than people who pulled all-nighters.
  5. Do not skip classes. You know how life works. The material from the sessions you skip will be exactly what’s covered in the next test.