Tips to Become a Successful First-Generation College Student
a mentoring program that
meets your needs.
Prepare for the increased academic
Attend class regularly, read before class, take thorough
notes, complete all class assignments, and participate in study groups.
Meet with professors or teaching assistants outside of
class in order to follow up on questions about course material.
Use the services available on campus: Tutoring, Writing Center,
Academic Advising & Career Services, Disability Resources.
Develop effective time management
a calendar system that works and keep track of due dates and tasks that need to
Get connected and involved on campus. At college, learning and growth happens both inside the classroom and
outside of it. Find
extracurricular activities related to your major.
Balance working a job for the money with higher-impact
activities. Research indicates that
students who participate in study abroad experiences, service learning,
undergraduate research, and internship activities are more engaged on campus
and more likely to complete their degree.
Relevant job experiences and network building is critical for the
post-college job seeker.
Seek help when you recognize a
Too often, first-generation college students try to do it all alone
and do not seek help. Seeking help is
not a weakness; rather it is a sign of strength, resilience, and
persistence. And it can greatly impact
your ability to succeed at NAU.
High School vs. College
|Memorize material ||Apply, create, analyze material|
|Work done in class||Most work done outside of class|
|Consistent schedule ||Inconsistent schedules|
|Many tests, quizzes, and projects||2 or 3 tests or projects (high stakes)|
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