21 proven ways to make the most of your course
May 16, 2019

The semester is in full swing. Feel like you’re struggling? Here are some tips from Georgian’s advisors:

  • Show up! Don’t hit the snooze button, even on those grey winter days.
  • Eliminate all distractions (like your phone) and be fully present while in class.
  • Know your deadlines and work toward them – map out what’s due and when.
  • Take time to understand what’s expected of you, especially before starting assignments.
  • Understand your learning style and develop study habits that reflect it.
  • Keep up with readings. Try to read every day if you can.
  • Make use of apps and technology available to you (here are 29 must-have free apps for students).
  • Break assignments and projects into small, manageable chunks.
  • Don’t multi-task; focus on one thing at a time.
  • Participate in discussions – share your voice!
  • On the flip side, listen and absorb. Not only is your prof a subject matter expert, but your classmates have amazing experience and insight too.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. No question is silly.
  • Develop your own system of symbols, abbreviations and shorthand for your notes, e.g., with = w/, because = b/c.
  • Use mindmaps or draw charts, shapes or illustrations while taking notes if it aids your understanding.
  • Rewrite or type your notes after class so you can absorb them again.
  • Complete assignments worth the largest percentage first.
  • Say goodbye to cramming and schedule in regular study time each week. Better yet, organize a study group or find a study buddy.

  • Get to know your prof. They can offer great career advice and may become a mentor or future reference. They want you to succeed, so don’t hesitate to talk to them if you’re falling behind or don’t understand a key concept.
  • Reflect on past assignments – what you did well and what you need to work on for the next one.
  • Get help when you need it – support at Georgian includes research, writing skills, math skills, tutoring, student advising, counselling and more. Need accommodation?
  • Take a break sometimes. Studying is important, but make sure you set aside time for rest, self-care and activities you love.

This post was originally published in February 2019. It was updated and re-shared in May 2019.