Tips for University Success
The following are the Top 10 Tips for University Success to help you be prepared and begin your university STEM classes with a great start!
- Go to class. Pay attention to lectures, demonstrations, and clicker questions. If you miss a class, get notes from a friend ASAP.
- Read before and after class. Keep up on the reading and review your lecture notes before and after class.
- Work problems and keep practicing. Do a little work every day, focusing on problems your professor suggests. Use the solution manuals if they are available. Start working the problems on your own and then review them in a group.
- Be an active learner. Ask questions, use additional study tools and materials, and make flash cards for things you have to memorize.
- Get help. Make sure to attend office hours, supplemental instruction, and tutoring even if you are doing well in the class!
- Learn from labs and additional review sections. Connect labs to lecture materials. Keep up with journals and other assignments.
- Get materials from other sections and classes. Keep track of handouts, worksheets, and past tests – they will come in handy.
- Understand why things are happening, not just the numbers. Link different lecture topics together. Think about the implications of the problems for possible essay questions.
- Complete practice exams as preparation for actual exams. In addition to reviewing readings, notes, and labs, complete practice exams before an actual exam. Use a past copy of an exam or ask your professor for practice problems.
- What to do if you get stuck on an exam question? Write down everything you know and what the problem gives you. Write down anything you know on open-ended questions to get maximum partial credit.
This content was adapted from a list from Emory University.
Interviewing Tips for High School Students
(A Baker’s Dozen)
- Look people in the eye
- Know, and be able to elaborate on, why you want the opportunity i.e., student job, scholarship, internship, etc.
- Research the department/organization that you are interviewing with to understand their purpose, passions and goals
- Be confident in showing them the gifted and talented person you are
- Be on time
- Prepare a few questions to ask your interviewers (example: What are some of the expectations you have for this position?)
- Be prepared to talk about your interests and skill-set
- Make sure you have a convincing statement of why you are the best candidate for the position
- Connect your skill set with the requirements of the department/organization
- Practice mock interview questions with a friend or parent
- Demonstrate how you are willing to be flexible to fulfill the department/organization’s goals
- Be willing to explore new things and learn new skills
- Dress for success
See the University of Tennessee Career Services website at career.utk.edu for more information.
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