5) Attend classes. Yeah, it sounds obvious. But in college, it's pretty easy to cut classes. Nobody's gonna send you to the principal's office. Professors rarely take roll, except on the first day. It's tempting to turn off the alarm clock and sleep through that 8 a.m. Spanish class. It's hard to pass up a sunny afternoon at the lake when your best friends are going, even though it conflicts with your chemistry lab. But it's even harder to catch up when you miss. Sure, you can get lecture notes from someone else in the class, but the prof just might explain something critical that day. Something that will end up being on your final exam—and worth 40 percent of your grade.
6) Get a study buddy or join a study group. Studying alone can be difficult, especially if you're putting in some 20-30 hours a week doing it. Studying with classmates can make it more interesting. They'll have ideas you won't have, and you'll have ideas they won't have. They'll understand things you didn't understand, and vice versa. Everybody benefits.
And another benefit … Sure, college will be hard work. But it will be worth all the effort you put into it. After all, you'll learn more than just facts and figures. You'll learn how to "do" life. College classes will help you develop other, non-academic skills as well. Along with teaching you the expected stuff in the course, professors want you to learn to speak, write, and think clearly and thoughtfully—great "life" skills to have long after college graduation.
So follow these six guidelines, apply those good study habits you've developed in high school, and get ready for an exciting new adventure!