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Keeping Your Academic Stride Strong

Getting through mid-term exams can be challenging. Keeping yourself in a schedule, managing the changing class delivery methods and keeping up with your assignments, amongst other things can be stressful to get straightened out. If you haven’t learned already, the key to success in college is proper time management and staying engaged in your classes. Tennessee Tech has a number of resources to ensure you are successful during your time here. Below are a few resources and tips we highly encourage you to take advantage of.

  • Stay engaged in class. Staying engaged in your lectures is important to understanding the material the first time it’s heard. If you are watching your lectures virtually, set a designated space with no distractions to ensure you are listening and not getting distracted. Ask your professor questions on material you don’t understand, it will let your professor know you are paying attention, and odds are other students in the class may have the same question! If you are experiencing any difficulty with technology, make sure to let your instructor know and reach out to the MyTech Helpdesk for assistance.

  • Reach out to your Resident Assistant or the Flight Path Program. FlightPath program was created to support students throughout their first year and beyond by providing resources and support to ensure you are a successful student. If you live on campus, your resident assistant is a great resource to utilize. For commuter students, reach out to the FlightPath program at flightpath@tntech.edu

  • Attend a Launchpad Workshop. These workshops, sponsored by the Launchpad Student Success Center, are designed to support new students with their adjustment and transition to college life. Topics of workshops range from academic success to self-improvement. Check out the available workshops and register for ones most relevant to your academic and personal needs.

  • Setting and Staying in a Routine. If you haven’t already, get yourself in a routine on going to bed and waking up around the same time every day to set your internal clock, which will benefit you. Do some self-reflection: are you an early bird or a night owl? Figure out when you can be the most productive and schedule those times to work on assignments and to study!

  • Start your mornings off right. Start your day with a good breakfast, and even a workout in the new “Burn” fitness center! Starting your day off on a positive note will keep you alert and focused throughout the day to be the most productive student you can be!

  • Visit the Counseling Center. Your mental health as a student is just as important to your success at Tennessee Tech as your academic achievements. The Counseling Center at Tennessee Tech is a great asset to students with mental health issues. Students receive 12 free sessions each academic year, so set up your appointment today at tntech.edu/counsel!

  • Find an accountability partner. Find a friend in your class, or your roommate who also may have early classes or the same exam schedule as you, to ensure you get up in the mornings and encourage you to academically challenge yourself.

  • Get a study schedule in place for exams. Put all of your exams and quizzes in your planner or calendar and set dedicated times to study leading up to them. The night before a big exam should be spent reviewing your material you already know, not learning it for the first time!

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