Do well in college courses

This is part 2/2 of "Ace your college courses" 

3. Time Management

Most college students wing their work and procrastinate.  This leads to a lot of unnecessary pain.  Although I won't get into depth of time management, it's necessary to set aside a few hours a day to do uninterrupted work. There's plenty of time in the day to get the important done.  It's just that almost everyone get distracted and start working on the trivial.  It's also necessary to define how many hours you're going to need to spend on an assignment.  If you have an estimate of how long it'll take to finish an essay(i.e. 15 hours), then you can break it up into chunks, make it more manageable, and measure your progress.  Knowing how much time you will need to get your work done is crucial to being more efficient and effective.  Otherwise, you'll just hope you have enough time to do a good job on an assignment.  

4. Get past materials from classmates that took your classes

In college, I had a roommate that would always take classes after his friends.  This accomplished two things: (1) He would choose a good class based on his friends' reviews, and (2) he would be able to "borrow" his friends' materials for the class.  This is a classic example of working smart.  If you have past essays, tests, and projects from your classmates, you'll have more material to draw upon.  I don't recommend plagiarism, but more often than not, I noticed top-performing students make things easier on themselves by being able to borrow what people have done well before.  

5. Read the syllabus and plan your course of attack 

Good planning will save you a tone of time and heartache.  Always read the syllabus and see what contributes to the bulk of your grade. Most students only skim the syllabus, if at all, and wonder why they don't do well.  If you know precisely how you're going to be graded and if you can see the amount of work involved, then you can plan how you're going to study for the class.  For example, if a class is 5% participation, 10% essays, and 85% tests, why would it even make sense to sweat missing a class when the bulk of your grade is based on your essays and tests?  I've seen so many people sweat the small stuff and lose sight of the overall picture. 

6. Hard work

Although the tips above are helpful, you will have to put in hard work if necessary. Never shy away from hard work, as sometimes it's the only way to get the grades you want.