College is different from high school. Many college freshmen are living away from family for the first time and discovering much of their success academically depends upon themselves. Of course, studying and mastering college level course work can be challenging, and it isn’t always clear to new students what resources are available to help them. However, the American Heritage website provides a plethora of advice, resources and even games to help them succeed not only in American Heritage but their entire academic career. Here is a quick look at some of the advice offered.
One of the first things a freshman does when they arrive at BYU is purchase their first textbooks. Hundreds of pages of academic texts can seem daunting, but with the following tips you’ll discover what amazing learning tools textbooks can be.
From Classroom to Lecture Hall:Eight Strategies to Becoming an Effective Listener
So you’re part of a study group…now what?
Study groups can be an effective way to prepare for exams, get extra help understanding material and make friends. Here are some ideas to get the study group going once you’ve met together.
It’s About Attitude not Ability
"It's not always the people who start out the smartest who end up the smartest." –Carol Dweck, psychology professor at Stanford.
Research has shown that every time someone learns something new a new neuronal pathway is formed in the brain, making the person smarter. In other words you don’t need to be naturally good at a subject to be able to understand it. Michael Jordan, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln were all spurned for lacking talent, though someone looking back at their amazing achievements would have never guessed it. These famous examples achieved success through perseverance despite obstacles. Students who are willing to face an academic challenge can also achieve success because as they provide their brains with opportunities to grow, they improve their learning performance. Of course, an attitude of facing challenges has to be developed. Here are some things to try:
For specific help with American Heritage, games or additional learning tips go to americanheritage.byu.edu.