At Florida National University, we invest in our students to make sure that they are able to work through any academic challenges that come their way. We are well aware of how challenging college can be, and we’re dedicated to helping each and every FNU student realize his or her dream of becoming a college graduate.
College is tough. It takes hard work, commitment, sacrifice, and determination. A lot of work will be assigned, and it is fully expected for you to complete these assignments without excuse. Whether you’re planning to enroll on a full-time or part-time basis, each class at FNU is designed to give you the best education possible. As a regionally accredited university, FNU is obligated to offer courses that meet the standards that are contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). That means that each degree program must meet SACSCOC’s guidelines, commission’s polices, and good practices.
Realizing Your Dreams as a College Graduate
With every FNU course you pass, you not only come closer to graduating, you’ll also gain knowledge, grow smarter and more talented in your area of concentration. You are ultimately training to become a professional in your field of interest that will open doors of opportunity for you to land the job of your dreams and quite possibly at a higher pay grade.
What Does It Take to Graduate from a University?
Before you get there, you need to learn a few basic things as a student, like useful study tips that, with enough practice, will turn into study habits that may roll over into your professional career, helping you become a respected colleague with good work ethics, thanks to your organization skills.
The Importance of Staying Organized
Being organized starts with properly handling your academic workload. Without it, you won’t be able to achieve your maximum capabilities. This could result in low test scores, low grades, and ultimately a low G.P.A. If you’re not careful, being disorganized can result in not completing your college education.
That’s why the FNU administration team is providing you with 5 helpful study habits that will guide you toward graduating from a university with a little more ease.
Don’t Study at the Last Minute
The typical college student might be known for drinking gallons of coffee in order to pull an all-nighter study marathon. Depending on your schedule, as well as how organized you are, you don’t necessarily have to do that! The worst thing you can do is study for an exam at the last minute. There is simply too much information to take in all at once, especially if you haven’t bothered reviewing any course notes throughout the entire lesson plan or semester. Overloading yourself with last-minute study time can be overwhelming and cause an unnecessary amount of stress that can snowball into anxiety that, paired with multiple cups of coffee, may render it hard to focus. Cramming at the last minute for mid-terms and finals may cause more harm than good if you don’t…
Schedule Study Times
By scheduling study times throughout the semester, you are methodically retaining what has been taught in class. The best way to do this is to organize your notes after class. Taking notes during a lecture can look like chicken scratch if you’re writing with a pen and notebook. If your typing notes, it could look that a bunch of encrypted text if you’re not the best typist. Organizing your notes forces you to get a better understanding of the lesson plan. It’ll also be easier to read when it’s time to review your notes again.
Set Up Small Study Goals
When you set up these study times, set up small, realistic goals for yourself. Expecting to walk away memorizing three chapters of material might be a bit unrealistic. However, composing an outline for these three chapters might be more doable—nothing else, just writing the outline. Then perhaps the next study goal will be to memorize the outline. Using this study approach will eliminate any uncertainty and/or anxiety, providing you with the confidence that you are able to pass your class with flying colors!
Don’t Avoid the Hard Stuff!
It might seem easier to do the less challenging assignments first and save the more difficult subjects for last. Yet, think of how much more rewarding it will be if you took care of the most difficult assignments first. If you do the easier assignments first, the dread of completing the more difficult ones will still loom in the shadows! Why not just take care of the more intimidating work and get that out the way first? You’ll find that it’s actually less stressful.
Avoid Checking Your Social Media!
While most college work is done online, the temptation of keeping another tab up for social media is all too tempting.
You may think that checking a status isn’t going to affect your academic work that much, but there is a difference between interruptions and study breaks. With study breaks, your mind is somewhat preparing you to step away from your college work, where a ping or notification can actually break your concentration towards a train of thought that could throw your entire focus off. We suggest that you turn off the notifications on your mobile device and avoid opening tabs to peek in on your social media walls. Trust us, all of those notifications will be there when you’re done studying. Why not reward yourself with social media AFTER you’ve studied?
When it comes to working toward college graduation, practicing good study habits is key. Schedule study times, set up study goals, don’t avoid the harder subjects, and avoid social media. Stay committed to these study habits and you’ll receive your college degree in no time!