2011-12 Business Student's Survival Guide
The first year of study at University can be daunting at times. These tips can help you with your intro business classes, and other classes too.
- Read the assigned material BEFORE your lectures.
- If (for some unknown reason!) you cannot read your assigned material before class, be sure to read it after. Assigned material is fair game for tests and exams--even if it is not mentioned in class.
- Take notes in class. You will find, depending on your professor that your instructor may not write much on the board. This is not a signal to sit back and relax. Pick out the important points and write them down.
- Reread your notes after EACH class and see your professor about any questions you may have.
- TIP: Use the buddy system; if you miss a class, check with a classmate to see what was covered.
- TIP: Do NOT, under ANY circumstances, ask your instructor to re-lecture.
- Cramming for tests (studying for 5 hours the night before the test) is not very efficient or effective. Instead, study for, say, 30 minutes each night for a week before the test.
- If you do not understand something in class ask a question. That’s why your instructor is there! If you are intimidated in class you might try asking your question to the professor after class, or during the instructor’s office hours.
- Come to class--you might even enjoy it!