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20 Great Tips for College Success that every college student should know.

Great tips to help you succeed in College. How to write excellent essays and papers, get girls/boys and more.

Watch how much you drink. While your friends are out getting wasted on a Tuesday night, you should focus on developing good study habits. Once you develop good study habits and a good work ethic, it's much easier to motivate yourself to work, and your work is usually of a higher quality. If you start to drink, do it in a moderate way and not let it affect your school success.

Outline, outline, outline. So many people do not outline their papers before writing them. They just jump in with a vague idea of what they were writing, and follow some tangential line of reasoning until they had filled the required number of pages. These papers tend to be redundant, circular, and generally poorly written.

Before starting writing your paper, you should have three or more outlines to refer to. First, would write down the question at the top of the piece of paper, along with the length requirements. Then dissect the question, underlining different sub-questions. Next, brainstorm and then write and write until you are satisfied that you understood how your essay is going to answer the question.

Then step back and begin thinking about how to structure the paper. List out the sections the paper, and write in the margin how long you want them to be. This would be like: Intro (.5 pages), Previous research (2 pages), The problems with the previous research (2 pages), A new way of looking at topic xx (6 pages), How new way fits in with old way (2 pages), new questions (1 page), Conclusion (1 page).

Then take each one of these sections and break it down further until you have a comprehensive outline of every paragraph or set of paragraphs you're going to write. This will make actual process or writing much, much easier, and it makes the overall quality of the work much better.

If you are reading a book that you would be required to write a paper about, create your own index in the back of the book, and list different themes. When you come across a good quote when reading, underline it and write the page number in the back under a theme.

Be a Serious student. Look serious in class, make frequent eye contact with the professor, and always seek to create some kind of new knowledge anytime you write a paper.

These are some of the most important things you can do to present yourself to your professor. And you don't have to be the most serious person in the world, but if you portray yourself as being serious, your professor will definitely recognize that and treat you more like a fellow academic and reward you with good grades, good recommendations, and maybe even job opportunities.

Keep your dorm door open while you're hanging out in your room. This makes you seem friendly to your floor mates and is a good way to make friends.

Don't buy/sell your books from your university bookstore, you can find much cheaper prices on and and you can re-sell your used books at those two sites for a higher price than you'd get in your bookstore.

Take advantage of your parents and relatives offering to stop by for dinner/buy groceries/sending a care package. They make it a lot easier to get by.

If your school has a call center, try to get a job there. The hours are usually good for your class/weekend schedule and pays pretty well. If you stick it out you can get a management position and it looks great on a resume.

If you have time in between classes, go to the library. You will get work done quicker and will have more free time after class/on weekends.

You don't need the unlimited meal plan. You can always choose a cheaper one and never ran out of meals.

The really crowded/loud parties will get busted. Go for the parties that aren't a huge invitation for the cops.

Network with people, especially professors, especially if you want to get into grad school. Without those professor connections for recommendation letters, getting into grad school is really hard, and they don't tell you this until it's too late.

Don't waste your summers. Do research with a professor, do internships, do big things that grow yourself like traveling, don't stick around and do nothing. After college, you will never have that long of a window of free time again, so use them for something worthwhile and don't waste them.

Don't buy textbooks on the first day. Wait a week or two into the semester to see if the book will actually be used. If not, don't buy, period. If yes, search online for cheap versions. You can easily find an international edition with the exact same text for much cheaper.

Another alternative is to borrow a friend's book frequently and just photocopy whatever you need at the library, and keep them in a binder. It'll still be significantly cheaper. However if the text happens to be good reference text for your future career, you should get a new and good quality version.

A great way to take notes is to copy down whatever you need to copy down as normal, but whenever you have time in the lecture, summarize them in your own words with short sentences or keywords on the left of the vertical line. This way when you study from them later, you'll be able to use the left side as a "quick summary of what the note says" and remembering what your notes were about will be much easier.

If your professors allows, videotape his lectures, pretty easy to do with a laptop and a webcam, you should do it. This is not an effective replacement for note taking, but it's a great source to check back with if later on you realize you missed something.

Try not to study at your dorm room but always study at libraries or academic buildings. If you're at a school computer lab, do only work and don't waste time. If you're on your home computer, don't do any schoolwork. The point is to train your brain into associating certain places with "study only" and certain places with "leisure only" so that your brain will have an easier time keeping to one mode of thought. It'll make things easier to deal with and generally less stressful.

This way if you need to study a lot, you just have to make the decision of heading to your study spots a lot. Your brain will be less easily distracted, and as long as you manage your time well, you should never have to pull all nighters.

Learn how to Prioritize . To get good grades and not stress out, balance is very important. Know what things are most important for your grades and commit more time to them and less time to things which are less important.

Get a good nights sleep . There is value to sleep. Before an exam, you have no idea what will be on it, so you tend to fear the worst, and thus start preparing for the worst. And what a lot of people tend to do is to cramming in as much study time as possible. Often this means all nighters, or at least reduced sleeping hours for the extra hour or two of more studying. This will leave you severely stressed and sleep deprived, and will have a negative impact on your performance. Your extra hour or two of studying probably wouldn't be useful at all. Usually the extra stuff you've memorized won't be on the exam anyway.

So if you think you're sufficiently prepared for the average scenario, and there's no more time, it's important to know when to call it quits and just go to sleep. It's also good to approach the exam without thinking it's a big deal. Good students tend to care about every decimal point in their marks, but in the end, small differences in those numbers won't matter at all. Meanwhile, if you're not stressed, your brain will work better, meaning you'll perform better on the exam anyway.

Try to joining some clubs especially those related to your major. Clubs in general will make you a lot of friends and those related to your major could get you jobs.

Concerning girls/boys in class Many people have so many crushes in class but never muster the nerve to approach them and blow numerous chances with people who also liked them. So if you are even slightly confident of your looks/game, approach them, be extremely straightforward (hey, i know this is forward and out of nowhere, but after having all these classes with you i can't help but notice you seem cool. I want to know more about you. Mind if i got your number so we could hang out outside of class or go to XYZ? This way, you will not miss as many chances. The worst that can happen is you get rejected. That will not kill you.