Academic journal article College Student Journal

Ten Recommendations regarding How to Become a Better Student

Academic journal article College Student Journal

Ten Recommendations regarding How to Become a Better Student

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The authors list and discuss ten recommendations designed to make better students.

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Students today are much like boats. Some know where they are going, they know the route to get there, and they are prepared to do what they must do in order to get to their respective destinations. Other students, however, seem much less prepared, possibly lacking such vital items as oars and/or a rudder, and may even be adrift and/or may be sinking slowly from sight. For those who are among the latter group of students, and not so much for the former group of students, the following ten recommendations are offered:

1. Like good boy scouts, you need to always be prepared by having all the materials you may need to learn each day in class.

2. You will need to organize yourself. Start by buying a binder for each course, and keep all relevant material in it. If your binder has a clear face that allows you to insert course names and other related information, use it as such, since that will further assist you in your efforts to become better organized.

3. You should develop a filing system that allows you to keep track of past assignments, ones that you are working on now, and ones that you plan to work on in the future. In so doing, you will be better able to complete all of your assignments in a timely fashion, avoiding unpleasant surprises as you do so.

4. You should keep extra materials available that you use regularly. For instance, not being able to find a pen, or running out of ink in your printer's ink cartridge the night before a paper is due can be pretty catastrophic, and should be avoided, if at all possible. …

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