"Success" has many meanings at university, as everyone comes from a different place in life. Your definition may include achieving certain grades, gaining new knowledge, finding what you're passionate about, learning to be self-disciplined, or establishing a new career (Ericksen, 2017). Besides learning effective ways to manage time, stress, group work, and learn critical thinking, academic skills experts at Notre Dame have found the below tips to be essential in helping students achieve success.
This may seem obvious, but attendance can start to slip as the semester progresses. If you are transitioning from high school, it might be difficult to get used to learning independently and setting your own schedule. Here are some suggestions on how to get the most out of your lectures and tutorials.
If you do not understand something, ask! There are probably lots of other students with the same questions. Lecturers and tutors expect questions from students, either during a session or afterwards. If you don't feel comfortable approaching them in person, send an email. Also remember to:
Throughout your communication with University staff, please make sure you apply professional rules of etiquette – be polite, be clear and include your student number. See the link below for guidance on how to write a professional email.
The University provides many tools for communication, planning, and research. It's important to get comfortable with using them as they'll save you time and keep you aware of what's going on.
Learning how to research and study at university are skills that you'll get better at over time. Remember that the Library staff are trained to assist students with the research process, and staff at Study Centre will help with academic skills. Follow the links below to learn how to:
Remember to take time to join clubs and explore personal interests while you are at University. The people you meet will form a support system and expand your horizons. Notre Dame provides many ways to get the most out of campus life, including:
Ericksen, J. (2017). What do we mean by "student success"? Retrieved from https://www.oercommons.org/authoring/23400-what-do-we-mean-by-student-success