It is imperative that you begin and maintain great study habits throughout your college tenure.  There will be distractions along the way.  You will be faced with distractions that you have no control over, while others you must avoid.

Study habits and relationships (including dating)

  • Let someone know when you are feeling overwhelmed – Get help!
  • Be on time to class
  • Go to labs 
  • Do your homework (make it a priority) 
  • Turn your assignments in on time
  • Communicate early to your professor unavoidable days that you must be absent from class
  • Read the material, don’t skim read 
  • Complete the review after each chapter
  • Don’t CHEAT!! It could cost you your reputation and your tuition 
  • Take a class on speed reading and note taking
  • Be organized (in your dorm especially)
  • Don’t study on your bed, you’ll likely fall asleep
  • Get proper rest
  • Eat a healthy meal
  • Go to church on campus or find a good church where you are growing in God’s word and applying the word to your daily life
  • Exercise daily
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol
  • Avoid too much coffee and power drinks, especially on an empty stomach – remember the heart can only take so much
  • Take notes and review your notes with a study group
  • Have a study group 
  • Obtain your course materials early and begin reading before class begins
  • Don’t plagiarize – Taking (the work or an idea of someone else) and pass it off as one’s own – reference the source of your material and give credit to its author
  • Obtain your course outline
  • Communicate often with your professor (Know their office hours & meet regularly.  Don’t wait until you are having problems) 
  • Avoid excessive partying
  • Form healthy friendships (don’t do anything just to fit in)
  • If you are the smartest person in your group or the only with good core values – find another group or create one!
  • Know your worth!
  • Dating
    • Be responsible in dating, no one should take your focus away from being successful and thriving as student and eventually walking in your purpose
    • Don’t put yourself in compromising positions that you may not be mature enough to handle, that may be unsafe, or that you may regret later on
    • Never allow anyone to isolate you and keep you away from your family
    • Never accept any form of abuse (mental, physical, spiritual, or psychological)
    • Seek professional help if you are feeling like you want to harm yourself or others
    • Don’t be ashamed to call your family should you need to
    • Seek wise counsel from your parents, school counselors, etc.
    • Trust your judgement, if it doesn’t seem right – remember you are bright intelligent person
    • Don’t be afraid to be single at this time. You are in college to gain academic knowledge!
    • Remember that you have the rest of your life for a serious committed relationship  
    • Don’t rush into a relationship
    • Remember that not everyone has your best interest at heart
    • Remember that your fellow students are still growing just as you are growing and are most likely unable meet the demands of consequences from poor choices.