College Tips to Help You Succeed

This page provides useful information related to college tips. After graduating from high school, many students choose to pursue further education and advice becomes necessary since many graduates are planning to attend a university. College is a much more different experience than high school. For example, college brings forth added responsibility for students. Students are free to make their own choices in college. Students choose their classes at whatever time they would like if available.

One of the most important goals for college students is to obtain a degree. If the student is not planning to attend graduate or professional school (medical, dental, pharmacy, law, business, etc.) after college, then getting A’s in classes is not a big deal. Then main concern would really just be to graduate. However, many students wish to attend graduate or professional school after college. In this case, getting A’s become important.

How do you succeed in College?

Whether you attend a two year college (community college) or a four year college, there are some important things to consider. We will provide with some brief college tips in order to succeed in life after college.

Typically, the advice given to high school students is similar to the college tip advice given to college students. Here are some college tips:
  • Grades
    • For graduate school and professional school, your grades are very important. Therefore, study hard!


    • Some tips on getting good grades in college:
      • Pay attention in class and take good notes
        • Audio-record the lecture and listen to it at night. While listening to it, make a very good outline like the way we provide for you.
          • If you do intend to record the lecture, then we suggest not taking notes during lecture. Instead, listen and fully grasp the knowledge during class. Then later on after lecture (i.e. at night), listen to lecture recording and make your outline.
        • Prepare ahead and read your notes/textbook before lecture. This will allow you to better understand the material covered during lecture


      • Don’t procrastinate! Study your lecture materials daily.
        • Make an outline as mentioned above, and study it daily even for 10 minutes.
      • Get plenty of rest and energy
        • If you devote some time daily to studying, then you can avoid late-night cramming.


      • Attend office hours or get extra help
        • Take advantage of the instructor’s office hours because they may provide examples that will be similar to exam questions.
        • Also, instructors tend to help deserving students who are border-line.
      • Find more resources to prepare for exams
        • Don’t worry, SG Learn Online got you covered on this one!


  • Experience


    • Work and volunteer experience is crucial during your college years. Having experience gives you an advantage over graduates when entering the workforce (your desired career). Professional schools most likely require some kind of experience related to their field.
    • So, what can you do to gain experience?


      • Job
        • Go to your school’s career center and search for jobs and internships.
      • Internship
        • Apply for summer internships and training programs


      • Volunteer
        • Volunteer is important because they are exactly unpaid internships and jobs
          • Volunteer at a hospital, dental office, law office, or non-profit business
      • Get certified
        • Obtain licenses and certification in order to improve your chances in the related work-field.
        • Some license require people to take classes or attend training programs
          • Make sure you explain in the graduate school applications and resume.


      • Research
        • Researching is a type of job, so take advantage of the opportunities in your school.
          • You can mention your research experience in your resume, especially if you are planning to apply for a job in research.


  • Standardize Testing
    • Standardized exams include GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT


    • Make sure you devote some time to study for these exams and prepare for the exams months to even a year before you take them.
      • Once again, devote some time daily for these exams, even if it’s 20 minutes.
      • Focus on your classes and save your notes, because much of the material covered in the standardized exams are taught in your courses.


    • The same ideas for extracurricular activities given to high school students apply here.
      • However, more emphasis is placed on volunteering, working and research.
          • If you plan on going to graduate school and professional school, then make sure you get involved in research and volunteer opportunities related to your intended study
          • If you plan on going to the work-force after college, volunteering, working and research can still be meaningful. Make sure you explain about them in resume if it will help you.


Interviews are quite important for professional school and jobs. If you are invited for an interview, allow yourself plenty of time to prepare for the interview. Our good interview questions page provides helpful questions for you to practice.

Hopefully these college tips were helpful. Good luck!

College Tips - Back to SG Learn Online