Student Success - NIU - Office of Student Academic Success

Tips for Student Success


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 Mapworks 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.

  • Plan ahead and consider applying for scholarships for the remainder of your undergraduate studies and beyond.