Recent UF freshmen were asked to give advice to incoming freshmen about how to succeed at UF. Their key message was “It Ain’t High School!” There is a big jump in difficulty and amount of homework between college and high school, so consider some of the following tips to get off to a great start at UF.
- There are no “easy-A” courses. Don’t underestimate the workload and intensity of tests and classes.
- Don’t mess up your first semester. You WILL need to study.
- Study hard, play hard and maintain a balance. Do your schoolwork during the day as much as you can.
- Put academics before your social life. There’s plenty of time to have fun when you’re done studying.
Go to Class
- Go to class and study the material afterwards.
- Sit in the front of auditorium classes. It really does help.
- There will always be another party. Don’t go out if you have an early class the next day.
- Make one friend in every class.
Keep Track of Deadlines
Study Well: Start Early. Don’t Cram.
- Your first exams will be harder than you think!
- Find a few places on campus and off campus where you can study well and are free of distractions.
- Study at least a week before exams.
- Don’t be afraid to get a tutor.
- Do the practice test questions, especially for your math and science classes.
Get to Know Your Professors and Advisors
- Professors are nicer than you may think. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions.
- Check your syllabus for your professor’s office hours. This is the appropriate time to go and see them for help.
- Go to your academic advisor when you have a question. Don’t rely on information from your friends – it could be wrong and then you’re screwed.