Our Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) provides academic advising to all UNF freshman. Here are a few pointers from our ACE advisors who know a thing or two about the challenges of transitioning from high school to the rigors of college classes.
- Stay focused – Say no to senioritis! Finish your senior year with the same focus you started. The classes you’re taking now are building blocks for classes you’ll be taking as a college student. Pay close attention through the end of the year, and you’ll be better prepared for your freshman year.
- Get to know your professors – Sure, it’s easier to sit in the back row of classes, coming and going without being noticed by anyone, but by doing this you miss out on the opportunity to get to know some of your greatest resources in college – your professors. Don’t blend in! Forming a relationship with your professor gives you a huge advantage during the current term and beyond. You never know when you’ll need a recommendation letter or expert advice about your career.
- Manage your surroundings – Know your learning style and take the initiative to set yourself up for success. If you thrive on organization, keep your room tidy. If you study better with a group, meet with your classmates to prepare for exams. Avoid distractions by doing class reading away from the TV and computer. Keep a planner to help you remember important deadlines, assignments, advising appointments and club meetings. You control your success!
- Take care of yourself – When you’re away at college, you’ll be learning more than biology and calculus. Soon you’ll be juggling classes, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, joining clubs and more. Manage your time wisely and don’t forget to take care of yourself. Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly and find healthy ways to relieve stress. Getting sick is not a good way to keep your grades up!
- Don’t procrastinate – When you know you have a big test or paper looming, resist the urge to pull an all-nighter. It’s unhealthy, and the quality of your work suffers. Planning ahead will ensure you have enough time to ask questions about material you don’t understand or seek help proofreading your term paper.