Academic Success

Top Survival Strategies

  1. Establish a routine time and place to study for each course: For every hour you spend in class, you will probably need to study two hours outside of class. Studying includes more than just doing your homework. You should routinely review your class notes.  Make sure you are aware of assignment due dates and exam dates.  This information can be found on your syllabus or Blackboard.  Do not  procrastinate.
  2. Attendance: Attend class, even if the professor does not take attendance every day.
  3. Preparation:  Keep up to date with your studies, homework and assignments.  Turn work in on time.
  4. The Library:  Utilize the library to study, read, and relax. Reserve a room for group projects.  Also, prepare for music or language classes at the Library’s Language Lab. Baruch College | Newman Library Home
  5. Engagement: Immerse yourself in your courses.  Talk about what you're learning.  Relate it to past experiences. Look for connections in everyday life, or in media.  Make what you learn a part of yourself.
  6. Take care of your body: Studying on five hours of sleep and on an empty stomach is not beneficial to achieving high academic goals. Limit food and drinks containing caffeine, although it may serve your immediate purposes, over the duration of your academic career it may cause you to become more fatigued.  Giving your body and mind time to rest and reboot is the best thing you can do for yourself and you academic performance.
  7. Seek help when you need it:  If you are feeling overwhelmed with your personal or academic life, please seek the Counseling Center at Baruch College.  Certified psychiatrists/psychologists can confidentially provide you with assistance, support and resources.