DO NOT SKIP CLASS. Many students believe that if attendance isn’t taken, skipping class is okay. College
instructors may have an attendance policy that penalizes students when they miss class,
and courses that do not have an attendance policy will be very difficult to pass if
you miss classes. You may need to miss by accident: illness, car won’t start, etc;
so never miss on purpose. If you do miss, notify your instructor and get notes and
assignments from fellow students right away.
EXPECT TO READ, READ, READ. Many students assume that one reading of a chapter is enough. At the college level, you read it until you understand it; so be prepared to spend much more time re-reading and working with your course material to perform well on assignments and exams.
KEEP UP WITH YOUR ASSIGNMENTS. When students let themselves get behind, they usually feel overwhelmed and may be tempted to give up. Keep yourself feeling good by keeping up with your work consistently.
BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR LIFE. Be realistic in terms of your life and your time. Being motivated and working hard goes a long way -- but you can't get more hours in a day no matter how hard you work.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. Your printer might have broken, but why did you try to print your paper right before it was due? Plan ahead and learn from your mistakes; your success depends more on what you choose than on anyone else.