Tips For Success

Suggestions from SUNY Orange Instructors on how to be a successful student:

  • Develop a Positive Attitude.
    • Think positive thoughts – I can do this!
  • Attend Every Class
    • If you miss a class, contact your instructor and find out if it is possible to make up what you missed.
  • PARTICIPATE
    • Be active in class discussion.  Share what you have learned.
  • Take Better Notes.
    • Compare notes with a classmate or work with a tutor to improve your note taking skills.
  • Do Your Homework
    • Learn to manage your time and see homework as a priority.
  • Get All the Help You Can.
    • Ask question whenever you don’t understand something.
    • As soon as you notice you are having difficulty, seek extra help.
      Try one or more of the following:
      • Meet with the instructor during his or her office hours.
      • Go to the Math Lab, Writing Lab, and/or Reading Lab.
      • Sign up for a tutor through the Tutorial Center in the Library.
      • Study with a classmate who thoroughly understands the material and is willing to work with you.
  • Determine your learning style. One way to learn more about your learning style is to complete the VARK questionnaire†. © Copyright Version 7.0 (2006) held by Neil D. Fleming, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Get To Know Your Teacher
    • Check the course syllabus to see how your teacher likes to be contacted.  Arrange a meeting with your teacher outside of class time.
  • Prepare Well For An Exam.
    • Do your work on a regular basis so that you won’t find yourself cramming or unprepared when exam time comes.
    • Create summaries of your class notes to use as reference material when it comes time to studying for an exam.
    • Aim for excellence and, at the very least, your work will be satisfactory.
    • Make a list of topics that will be covered on the exam.
    • Begin studying for your exam as soon as possible to avoid last minute cramming.  Only a brief review should be necessary on the day of the exam.
    • Get a good night’s sleep, eat well, and relax.
  • Have Strategies for Taking An Exam.
    • Arrive to the exam rested and a few minutes early.
    • Bring all necessary materials.
    • Relax and maintain a positive attitude.
    • Read all the instructions and each question/problem carefully.
    • If you don’t understand something, ask your instructor for clarification.
    • If you get stuck while working on a problem, move on to another problem and come back to that one in the end.  Don’t allow any one problem to consume more time to solve than it should.
    • Learn from the exam as you take it.  Answering questions you know may help you answer questions that you are uncertain of.
    • Show all your work and provide clear and thorough explanations when necessary.
    • Answer all questions to the best of your ability (don’t leave any answer blank).
    • Don’t leave early, check your work as much as time allows.
  • Know Your Progress and Grades. † Following this link will take you out of the SUNY Orange Web site. The college cannot be responsible for the content of this external web site.