2. Show up every day! As simple as it sounds, attendance is key. Think of this as your job attendance matters in covering and understanding material.
3. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals (And Write Them Down). By setting Specific, Measurable,Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound goals and writing them down you will be able to keep track of where you are, where you have been and where you need to be.
4. Advocate for yourself. Make sure that you have resources you needs to succeed.
5. What tests will you need to take? Keep in mind not only tests such as the SAT or ACT are needed for college admission, but also placement tests may be required by some colleges.
6. Find a mentor – a teacher or other individual who can take a special interest in your progress and success will be invaluable.
7. Ask your teachers for the learning outcomes in each class. What will you be expected to be able to know or do at the end of the year? How will the teacher, and you know whether these goals have been accomplished?
8. Seek professional help when you need it. Most colleges have health and counseling centers. If you're sick or feeling isolated or depressed, please take advantage of the many services these offices provide students. You don't have to face these issues by yourself.
9. Find the ideal place for you to study. It may be your room or a cozy corner of the Coffee Shop, but find a place that works best for you to get your work done -- while avoiding as many distractions as possible.
10. Meet with your professors. There are only upsides to getting to know your professors. Take advantage of Professors schedule office hours to meet them and so they know who you are and they will be more likely to help you with any snags that might come up during the school year.•
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Nathaniel Winston is a college planner with The College Money Guys, he works one on one with families of students to figure out how they’ll pay for and prepare for college. Nathaniel serves as the go-to guy for any questions and concerns that parents and even students might have about the world of college finances. He takes joy in putting everyone’s mind at ease during this stressful and often confusing time while coming up with creative and often innovative ways to address each family’s unique situation.