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7 Habits of A+ Students

Shrevali Kamboj, BBA 2019

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Yes, I know, it sounds cheesy, but this is an important step to follow since it provides the basis for all of your other study habits. You need to know what kind of learner you actually are and how you study best. Do you work best alone in the library, listening to some music? Do you need comprehensive study notes, or do you need to read the entire textbook again? Maybe you enjoy studying in groups with others to bounce your ideas around. Some of you may have figured this out in high school, others may not have and that’s perfectly okay. Experiment, and see how you work best.

This is probably the most difficult advice to follow. It is in our DNA as humans to procrastinate (this is not a scientific fact, so don’t quote me on it). I mean who doesn’t procrastinate? Trust me, I know how you feel. Let me tell you, it may work for some projects, but not all. Procrastination is the difference between a B+ and an A. And I’m guessing no one reading this article is aiming lower than a perfect 9.0. In University, you are given the details of all your assignments for each course on the first day of classes. Here is a tip: For any assignments due in the third month of the semester, try to finish the majority of the work in the second month. The third month has the highest workload with summative assignments due and exams to worry about.

It is always important to participate in class, as you will get the most out of the course this way, and the professor or TA will actually know you by name. Many courses have a 10% participation mark; therefore, it is necessary to come prepared to class (do the readings!) so you actually know what to talk about. Regardless of the mark you may earn, you will invariably gain a better understanding of the topic by asking good questions. Professors have designated office hours when they are available to help students. Whenever you have a question or don’t understand a concept, always go to the office hours early on in the semester as opposed to the day before the exam.

This is important. Don’t study every single minute detail ever taught to you, look through the exam details and study the major and important concepts covered in class. A good way to study is to first review your notes or the readings individually. Then participate in study groups where the group actually has discussion sessions. Those discussions are a great help for the more conceptual courses. After getting an idea of the main concepts, you should once again review everything individually and you’re all set for the exam!

Every second counts. Even using time between classes really helps out in the time management aspect. Many times you’ll have 1.5 hours between lectures, or even 3 hours depending on your schedule. While sometimes it is definitely okay to have fun and chill with friends, you should use this time wisely to finish homework and assignments. This helps you manage your workload, especially for those students that have long commutes and/or work.

Schulich has a very welcoming and engaging community. Successful students understand where and how to find help. Upper-year students are a great resource because of their experience at Schulich. Academic advisors Rohini Chaba and Mariana Colallilo at the Undergraduate Programs Unit (UPU) are a good shoulder to lean on when it comes to understanding your pathway to earning your degree. Furthermore, Schulich offers a variety of mentorship programs, and tutoring is never out of the question. The students who achieve success find help early: you’ll never find them posting questions in the Facebook group on the night before an exam!

Administration labels the A+ grade as “exceptional”. Students who earn that mark develop a deep understanding of the subject matter. Often this involves reading ahead to prepare for lectures, and exposing yourself to industry news related to the course at hand.

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