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Start Smart: Tips for Student Success at University: Home

This guide provides resources on student success at college or university.

Why Attend Class?

Attending class is an important part of a successful academic career at the university or college level.  When you do not attend classes, you miss important discussions, tips from your professors, and changes in the syllabi or class schedules.

Resources on Campus

There are several resources on the ISU campus to help you achieve personal and academic success.  Using the services your campus offers allows you to build your personal and professional skills. Click on the Academic Tools tab at the top of the screen for academic help resources on campus. Take advantage of the resources offered on your campus!!  

Start Here!!!

Universities and colleges are very different from high school.  To be successful in your new environment, you need to develop additional skills.  This guide provides resources on some of the new skills you may need.  If you need help or have questions, contact your advisor or Librarian Karen Evans.




The Differences between Colleges and Universities and High School

The differences between high school and colleges or universities can be a shock for students.  You are on your own;  you need to get up on time to make it to class, you need to develop your own schedule, and do your own laundry. Life as a college or university student can be a big change for a lot of students. Below are links that describe some of the differences between life as a high school student and life as a college or university student.  Take a look at the links and think about the differences.  How will you become a successful student at your college or university?

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Time Management

Organizing your time and developing time management skills can help make sure you have enough time to complete class assignments, participate in extracurricular activities and find time to do the things you want to do.  You (and everyone else in the world) have 24 hours each day, how you spend the hours and what you accomplish is up to you.

Procrastination or I'll Do That Tomorrow

Procrastination can waste a lot of time.  Procrastinating can lead to late assignments, being unprepared for class, and missing out on spending time with friends and family because you have to study or complete assignments.  Developing a plan to stop procrastinating and sticking to the plan will help you develop skills to be a successful student.