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Tips for Student Success

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Tips for Student Success

  • Go to class! 

    • The # 1 predictor of academic success is regular attendance.
  • Get to know your professors. 

    • Introduce yourself to your professors during the first week or two of classes, and do not hesitate to take advantage of their office hours throughout the semester.
  • Constantly self-evaluate. 

    • Are you studying enough to obtain the grades you desire? Are you making friends and getting involved? Taking the MAP-Works surveys can help you make the most of your first year at NIU.
  • Balance your life. 

    • Make certain you are eating well, exercising, and making time for friends and family. The Holmes Student Center and the residence halls provide a variety of meal options, and Recreation Services offers exercise equipment, fitness classes, personal trainers, nutrition services, and intramural sports. 
  • Utilize MyNIU, Blackboard, and your NIU email.

    • Check these sources regularly to stay on top of your courses, financial aid, bursars account, and important deadlines.
  • Meet with your advisor regularly.

    • Your advisor can help you explore interests, map out your schedule, monitor your academic progress, clarify your educational and life goals, identify activities and opportunities to enhance your academic experience.
  • Stay on top of money matters.

    • Make certain that you devise a budget and stick to it.  NIU’s Financial Cents program offers a variety of tips and tricks to make the most of your money.
  • Own your campus and make a difference.

    • There are many leadership and research opportunities available to students. Consider becoming involved in the Leaders & Scholars which combines a scholarship with campus service and 1 credit leadership course. 
  • Plan ahead and consider applying for scholarships for the remainder of your undergraduate studies and beyond.