Succeeding at university is one of the main goals for a lot of people. When it comes to education, this stage is the most important one in the life of every student. But, the competition is huge and the entire process is stressful. Without the required tips and tricks, reaching the best grades and earning the reputation of a great student is not going to be easy. Thankfully, that’s exactly what we’re about to talk about in this article.

A first successful year at university means a great start and a lot of motivation for all the upcoming years. It’s what most students focus on achieving during this journey. If you want to learn more, this is the right place to be at. Let’s take a look.

1. Lifestyle habits matter a lot


A student cannot be successful without habits that make a successful person… successful. It probably does make sense, and if it doesn’t, hear us out. You need to be fresh and always focused on class. Being in such a state will allow you to obtain and remember the information at a much faster rate. But, you always need to be fully rested in order to be in such a state, meaning that your sleeping and eating habits need to be in check. This is not a requirement, but it’s a wonderful bonus to have if you really want to take your game to the next level during your first year at university.

2. Don’t miss opportunities to connect with others


Connections are a very important part of life, and they are very important throughout University as well. Getting in touch with the professors and your mentors on a slightly more personal level will help you a ton. Obtaining as much information as possible, as well as tips and tricks from them is also very beneficial. Connecting with other students will help you find someone to help you with any troubles that you may encounter later on. If a certain subject is not your strongest side, maybe you won’t have to pay for extra tutorship because that colleague you’ve met a few days ago can help you for free. It’s just an example but it is how it goes.

3. Research and do it often


What you learn at university is beneficial and will serve you for the rest of your life. But, it’s often not enough if you are striving for excellence. Researching on your own is very important. This is much easier to do now than it was in the past due to the internet. You no longer have to go through entire libraries just to find a book. A few clicks away and you have all the knowledge in the world. If for some reason you are unable to keep up with all of the tasks, solely because life sometimes gets in the way, is a website where you may find some much-needed help. Researching often will help you deliver better homework, essays, and presentations. Everyone appreciates the student that does “manual” researching instead of relying only on the information learned in class.

4. Use your pre-acquired knowledge to your advantage


Don’t be afraid to be active in class and show your pre-acquired knowledge to your mentors and professors. They don’t pick this up as a bad sign. Quite the opposite actually. It’s important to show others that you were informed about things before you arrived at the university.

Pre-acquired knowledge can give you a boost throughout the first year. It will help you go through classes and homework much more easily. Anything you’re lacking you can acquire by spending a few hours each day after class to do further research on the topic. If you are dedicated enough, you can always be one step ahead of everyone else in the group. If the professors notice this, you’ll be at a huge advantage.

5. Don’t take it too serious but don’t let loose


It’s not that serious if you get a few bad grades at the start. But, it shouldn’t happen all the time. However, what we’re trying to say is that a lot of students lose motivation whenever they experience their first negative result. This will have a negative impact and it can cloud your mind for the next upcoming tasks and exams. Keep it positive, and even if you fail in the first few exams whether because you thought it would be easier or you weren’t prepared enough, you can always make a comeback from it.

The same thing goes for the opposite scenario. If you end up scoring great grades on the first few exams, don’t let loose. Keep your tempo. It’s quite easy to underestimate the difficulty of the first year, when in fact it’s the year where many students end up being “eliminated” from the university.

6. Class presence helps more than you think


Being present in class helps a lot more than you think, and it’s of huge importance, especially if you are trying to score some good reputation in the eyes of the professors and mentors. Now with covid-19, we don’t have many regular classes, but even when it comes to online classes, presence is of huge importance. Besides, you will learn a lot more when someone who is experienced explains the matter to you rather than having to learn it on your own. And some professors require presence from their students as a condition for the upcoming exams.

7. Be self-critiquing and try to improve in weaker spheres


Last but not least, even if you have a lot of pre-acquired knowledge, it’s always important to be self-critiquing and aware of your real “state”. If you are weak in certain areas, improve in them instead of going with the attitude that you know everything. When professors notice that a student is dedicated to improving, they will help even themselves in order to get a better final result out of you. Keep a humble attitude and be real about yourself, it’s what will make you really far in life.


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