Five Characteristics of Successful Students

  1. Successful students attend classes regularly. They are on time. They listen and train themselves to pay attention. If they miss a session, they feel obligated to let the instructor know why before class begins, if possible, and their excuses are legitimate and reasonable. They make sure they get all missed assignments (by contacting the instructor or another student), and understand specifically what was covered in class. Successful students take responsibility for themselves and their actions.
  2. Successful students take advantage of extra credit opportunities when offered. They demonstrate that they care about their grades and are willing to work to improve them. They often do the optional (and frequently challenging) assignments that an instructor may suggest
  3. Successful students are attentive in class. They don’t talk, read, or stare out windows. In other words, they are polite and respectful, and stay focused in class. They also participate and ask questions.
  4. Successful students see their instructors before or after class, or during office hours, about grades, comments on their papers and upcoming tests. Successful students visit their instructor’s office at least once during the semester. They’ll go out of their way to find the instructor and engage in meaningful conversation. These students demonstrate to the instructor that they are active participants in the learning process and that they take the job of being a student seriously.
  5. Successful students turn in assignments that look neat and sharp. They take the time to produce a final product that looks good, and reflects pride in their work. Successful students complete their assignments. Their work is turned in on time and follows the instructor’s directions.