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Strategies used by successful students

Know the syllabus . The syllabus for each class details important information. The syllabus will explain the grading scale, give dates of tests, and dates when assignments are due. The syllabus allows you to plan ahead.

Know how many points you need to get the grade you want and keep track of every point you earn. Keeping track of the points you receive allows you to know how many points you need to get an "A." It also gives you a record of points you have received in case your final grade isn't what you expected .

Attend every class . Using your own notes is better than borrowing someone else's notes. You miss a lot by missing class. Professors also recognize that you are there everyday even if they don't take attendance.

Take advantage of all extra-credit opportunities . Wouldn't you rather go into the final exam knowing you only need a 70 percent to get a final grade of an A than go in needing a 90 percent.

Sit toward the front of the class . You can see and hear better.

Ask questions . If you miss something in the lecture, ask the professor to repeat it. If you don't understand something, ask for clarification. If you don't know it now and you don't clarify it in your notes, you won't know it on the test.

Participate in class discussions . It shows you are actively learning and taking part in the class.

Don't be hesitant to talk to your professor during his or her office hours.

Learn how to use the library . Ask the library staff to explain how to use the resources. You will be spending a lot of time in the library throughout your college career. The sooner you learn how to use it, the better off you will be.

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