Academic Success Strategies

Becoming an academically successful college student takes hard work and may require you to use different strategies than you used in high school.

  • Check out the additional resources on this page for handouts, "tip" sheets, planning guides and quizzes that may assist you. Try different techniques until you find the ones that work best for you.
  • Use the Writing Center, Math Tutorial Sessions, Tutoring Services and other peer support available in your school.
  • And always reach out to your professors when you have questions about course material. They are the experts on how to succeed in their class!

Tips from IC Students
Strategies that work! Contributed by the Class of 2017.

Tips for Using Faculty Office Hours
A handout that explains how faculty office hours can help you succeed and how to use them effectively.

Power Point Presentations and Resources from Academic Advising Center workshops:

Effective Communication in College PowerPoint - 2018

Effective Communication in College Handouts - 2018

Manage Your Time - 2018

Additional resources you may find useful:

Academic Planning Sheets -- Year One to Year Four -- PDF
Use these planning sheets to map out the required courses for your major, minor and the ICC over your four year plan of study. It is helpful to use sticky notes -- a different color for all courses for your major, a different color for minor courses, a different color for the ICC, etc. This allows you to move the stickies around and to swap out courses when you plan your schedule.

Blank weekly planner -- PDF
This planning grid includes Saturday and Sunday and allows you to plan for extracurricular activities that take place in the evening and on weekends.

Course Planning Worksheet (MWF/TR format) -- PDF

Very helpful tool when mapping out your semester schedule.

Academic Map -- PDF

Planning Sheet -- PDF

How to Study
www.howtostudy.org
A collection of web sites with information created by a variety of colleges and universities.

Learning Styles (VARK)
Take this 20 question online quiz to understand more about how your learn best. Remember that you can choose more than one answer to the question.
The site will provide strategies for studying geared towards your learning style.

Writing compare and contrast essays
From University of North Carolina Writing Center