Top Ten Strategies for Success for First Year Students

1. Use a Planner

Use for weekly assignments as well as planning out your whole semester. Look at which weeks are going to be packed with tests and which weeks are going to be a little easier

2. Go to class

Seems obvious, but when 8 am rolls around, you're going to want to stay in bed, but by going to class, you'll not only get the notes on the topics covered, you'll receive vital information from the professors about what to expect on tests, changes in due dates, etc.

3. Go to Office Hours

Going to professors' office hours makes them that much more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt when assigning grades. Also, in classes where homework is graded for accuracy, going to office hours is often the only way to get 100% on homework

4. Get involved on Campus

At a big school like Georgia Tech, it's very important to find the community you want to belong to. Whether it's sailing or soccer or scrapbooking, getting involved will make your college experience so much better.

5. Don't feel pressured to declare your major

It's better to spend a semester doing your homework and investigating a major than to spend four years studying something you have no desire to pursue.

6. Go to Career Services and open a CareerBuzz account

Whether you want to get an internship right after freshman year or you have plans to look for employment in the future, having your resume on CareerBuzz puts your name out there and could bring an opportunity you don't even know exists.

7. Prioritize

Prioritize your to-do list. Start with what's most important. Also, prioritize your assignments. Start with the things that will have a direct impact on your final grade.

8. Ask for help

With so many resources on campus, there's no reason not to ask for help. Visit the Learning Assistance Program or 1-to-1 tutoring, or OMED tutoring, or any of the other programs on campus.

9. Keep track of your money

Try to make a budget so that you can avoid working during the school year, or at least keep hours during the school year to a minimum. Also, avoid all the credit card solicitations you're about to be getting, you're probably going to have enough debt when you graduate

10. Be prepared to feel overwhelmed

Georgia Tech is not the typical college experience for most students. We are fifth in the country for a reason, do your best and do what you have to do to complete your assignments.