Are you headed back to school because you want to start on the path to a new career? Don’t let anything stand in your way from making that happen! Follow these 6 tips for student success and you could be on your way to a better life:
- Prepare Ahead of Time. Make sure you have everything ready before heading off to your first class. This includes making sure everything you need is in your bag the night before class and that any homework or reports are done and ready to be turned in, there’s money on your subway pass, your alarm is set, you have an outfit picked out so you don’t have to rush in the morning, and that you ate something before class so you’re not distracted by a growling stomach. Also, be sure you have lunch ready for after class before you head off to work.
- Listen and Learn. Pay attention in class to what your instructors say and take lots of notes to make sure that you don’t miss a single thing. Then, you’ll have those notes to review regularly which means you’ll be prepared, and don’t have to cram, for tests.
- Have the Right Tools. You’re going to need access to a laptop or computer to do your schoolwork and any projects. So, if you don’t have one, it’s time to get one or figure out where you can go to use a computer regularly. This could be at the library or at a friend or classmate’s apartment. At New York Career Institute, we help our students, including those in the court reporting program, gain access to the equipment they need to achieve success.
- Find a Quiet Place. This may be the hardest part, especially if you have a cramped apartment. But it’s important to have a place you can go to without distractions to study and pay attention to your coursework. Again, you could go to a local library to study, but having a place in your apartment is the most convenient. Even if you just close the door to your room during set times, you’ll have a place to focus, without distractions.
- Ask Questions. You just may be the one who asks a question other students in your class have, but they didn’t ask. In your career, this is important because the only way you’re going to learn is to ask questions to find out more.
- Speak Up and Stand Out. When your instructor asks a question or for someone to demonstrate a technique, raise your hand if you know the answer or want to help out. You’ll be seen as engaged and eager to learn, which is always a good thing.
When you have the tips you need to achieve success in school, you’re also starting on the path toward lifelong career success in court reporting, paralegal studies, or healthcare. Call (212) 962-0002 to learn how to get started today!