Welcome to the Fall 2013 Term at NAU!!! We are all happy to see the excited students roaming the halls and searching for classrooms.
Just a few tips as you begin classes to help you succeed in your studies.
First, Go to Class. It often puzzles me how students think they will learn the material and be able to complete the assignments if they do not go to class. Every class……the only reasons to miss class are if you are too ill to get out of bed or if you have a true emergency. Students who do not attend classes regularly do not do as well as students who do attend.
Second: Listen. A skill that is quickly fading is the ability to actively listen. Life has become more crowded with the increased distractions of all of our electronic devices ( cell phones, Tablets, FaceBook, Twitter and the list grows). With all of these distractions sitting still and actively listening to a lecture are sometimes lost in the electronic noise. It is important to put away these distractions and focus on the present when you are in class.After all, you came to NAU to learn and earn your degree.
Third, Read. Read your assignments, the notices on the faculty office doors, flyers for coming events and books and articles related to the field you wish to work in when you graduate. The more you read the more likely it is you will learn how to read to get the most out of your assignments. Reading a textbook or a research article requires different form of reading than reading a graphic novel or your favorite book. When you read more you learn how to read better and thus get more from the reading assignments for your classes.
Simple tips, I know, but if you try them out you will be surprised at how much they will help your success in college.
Have a great semester!!!!
Academic Services and Advising Coordinator