How can you do well in college? Follow these tips from Carthage students.
Go to class!
One of the most common refrains heard from students in academic trouble is they attended classes sporadically or not at all.
Turn your work in on time
Getting behind in your work means having to play catch-up, and that can have disastrous results, particularly if you have lots of extracurricular commitments. If, due to exceptional circumstances, you are unable to complete an assignment on time, speak with your instructor immediately. There are legitimate reasons for late work; however, a track record of effort and engagement makes these situations easier to manage.
Manage your time effectively
As busy people with time-consuming commitments, students should set aside blocks of time for their studies. It also helps to find a suitable, quiet place to study — in the library, an unused classroom, a quiet corner of their residence hall, etc.
Seek help as early as possible if you get into trouble
Many students who get into academic difficulties avoid talking about their problems until it’s too late. It doesn’t work to wait until the end of the term, when things are desperate, to look for help. You should be in touch with your instructors and/or advisor early in the semester and make use of Academic Support Services.
Get tutoring when having trouble in a single course
The tutoring program is FREE to Carthage students. Tutors are peers who are trained and referred by academic departments. Tutors offer individual or group assistance five nights per week in The Writing Center, located in the lower level of Madrigrano Hall.
Remember that the amount and the type of work expected at Carthage are different from high school
What worked in high school as an approach to studying may not work at Carthage. An advisor can help to identify where strengths lie but also where adjustments should be made.
Students have more control over their academic success than they may think. By keeping in mind their educational commitments, by attending class regularly, by completing assignments on time, and by seeking help in a timely fashion when needed, they will be successful Carthage.
Mental health issues can derail you
Don’t let them! Free and confidential short-term counseling is available for all Carthage students. Referrals can be obtained for longer-term needs.
Talk frequently and honestly with your professors and advisor
Your advisor is here to help! And they can’t do our jobs if they don’t know what’s going on with you.