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Top Five Tips for Success for Class of 2020

By Emily Jones-Green

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Students enjoying a late Autumn day on the quad.

Welcome, Class of 2020! To help you get acclimated to campus life, we asked Emily Jones-Green from AU’s Undergraduate Advising Office to share her top five pieces of advice for the year ahead:

1. Get to Know your Professors.

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Go to office hours and talk, even when you don’t have a specific question. These relationships will help you grow—and help when you need a recommendation.

2. Schedule Strategically.

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Not a morning person? Don’t register for early morning classes. Can’t stop yawning after 7 pm? Then steer clear of evening classes.

3. Study Smart.

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Either type or hand-write your class notes over again after class. Information retention is higher when the information is reviewed within 24 hours.

4. Take Advantage.

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The Academic Support and Access Center offers free tutoring for some classes. The Writing Center will help you shape your papers. And the Math/Stats Lab will help you hone your math skills.

5. Get Involved and Explore.

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Being active on campus will help your academic performance and expand your social circle. Be open to exploring different classes and majors.

Bonus Tip: Visit your Academic Counselor. Not only do they know a lot of stuff about AU, but they are awesome people and want to get to know you!

(Image credits AU CAS Twitter and Flickr)