- Know your academic status in your classes at all times. Grade tracking is helpful to prepare for writing and test-taking strategies.
- Meet class deadlines by establishing priority dates for yourself. Establishing priority dates will support you in your level of preparedness for each class.
- Ask questions. Asking questions helps clarify critical information. It also demonstrates to an instructor that you care deeply about your learning environment, as well as the learning environment of others.
- Prepare for each college class by spending at least two hours of homework for every one hour of class.
- Attend class. While, the instructor may or may not take attendance, making it to class keeps you on the instructor’s “radar” and demonstrates to him/her that you care about the class and the course content.
- Communicate with the instructor. Communication symbolizes that you care about how others view you. For example, an instructor might gather that you are irresponsible if you don’t communicate with the instructor that you are going to be absent from class. Impression management is crucial to your higher education and career success.