Advice from our peers often resonates the best. To find some high-quality advice on college success, we recently asked students from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for their best college advice.
An array of insightful and achievable tips came to us straight from students who have overcome these obstacles themselves. Share these hints from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society with your college students to keep them on track.
Find your motivation
There are many paths to success and many different definitions of success. For some students, that means being accepted into a top graduate program; for others, it’s securing a relatively stable job upon graduation. What motivates you and how do you define success? These are important questions to ask yourself.
If it helps, write down your motivators and pin them up where you can see them all the time.
It’s important to build a vision and a direction unique to your motivations. Know where it is that you’re going and commit.
Many students find it helpful to make small weekly or daily goals that will help you take achievable steps towards your goal. For some helpful hints from other college students, check out our post, “Student Voices: Achieving My Academic Goals.”
Do it for you
A couple interviewed Phi Theta Kappa students made it clear: first and foremost, do it for you. Know yourself and figure out why you’ve decided to make such a big committment. Parents, family, friends make great support systems, but they cannot make you do well in school.
Go to classes because you want to learn, attend study sessions because you want to do well, ask questions to help yourself. Then, with the tools that an education can give you, you can do anything. Success will come if you know what you’re passionate about and know what the achievement will mean to you on a personal level.
The number-one suggestion from interviewed students was to be dedicated! This is often far more easily said than done, as concentration is a difficult state of mind to simply “turn on.” So, try your best to keep your goals and your motivations in mind when you set out to study. Make time for yourself and make time for the outcomes you want to achieve.
For example, if you want an A in a literature course this semester, despite doing poorly in one last semester, know that you must work twice as hard as you did previously. Calculating what it will take to earn your desired outcome will make it easier to work hard and dedicate time to your studies.
You can view the student interviews detailing their advice in our post, “Students Reveal the Key to Being Successful in College.”