College transfer pro tip #1 – be a learner and a practitioner

In this post, we are going to talk about the importance of study skills.

I also share actions you can take to establish good learning habits in a week and develop study skills that cut your study time half.


Community college is easier than high school but only for students who have study skills learned from high school.

What if you didn’t do so well in high school because of lacking study skills?What if you were barely surviving in high school, and college-level courses scare the hell of you?

Transferring to UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, or NYU is hard, you don’t need SAT/ACT and you can take your time to study in community college. However, without study skills, you are always going to struggle. No matter where you go.

First of all, let’s change the terminology. Study skills – one of the most searched keywords, is really just a system that a student may use to maintain their academic performance.

Let’s evolve from that because striving for “academic” performance is not a very meaningful goal.


I want you to be a super learner who is able to absorb information quickly and effectively.

I want you to be a practitioner who is able to turn information into knowledge and apply the knowledge to class assignments and tests.

And it’s easier than you think it is

  1. Pay attention in class. Seriously, if you want to transfer, at least attend the class and pay attention to your professor.
  2. Take notes in the class. Although you might read them, research shows that noting helps facilitate information consolidation – in simple terms, imprint to your long-term memory. So it doesn’t really matter what you write, and how you organize the notes, just write down what you think is important in class.
  3. Maintain consistency throughout the semester. If you want a B, get a B on the first exam, first assignment, and first group project above 80% and all assignments and tests above Bs. It makes no sense that you can pull a C to a B because you will “99%” the final. Just maintain the class grade average throughout and catch up as soon as you fall behind. Check your class grade weekly.

Conclusion:

There are no magic bullets and no A-student strategies. You really just have to do those 3 things and you will develop your own system of learning.

Pay attention to point no.3, you MAY choose to get a B because you want to focus on some other classes or extra-curriculum. That is totally fine. The goal is to have control over your learning outcome and class grade, not just getting all As. Don’t be unrealistic and school is not everything, I am sure you have other important things to attend to. It’s time to manage your life. That means deciding the results you want to have and how much time do you want to spend on the matter so you achieve the results.

Most students get it wrong that you can always pull your grades at the end. It’s very unlikely. It’s unrealistic. Do your due diligence every day and good results will come. Remember this, how you live your day is how you live your life. 

If you are not happy with your grades, change the way you spend your days.

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