The following tips have been identified by students completing their freshman year. They could be useful when advising students.
- Go to every class.
- Buy a planner and use it. Learning to manage time is one of the most important skills a student needs to master.
- Know what campus resources are available and use them.
- Get involved and have fun. You can also learn a lot by getting involved in student organizations, volunteering, and meeting people from a variety of different backgrounds.
- Get to know your professors. They all post office hours and take the opportunity to meet them.
- Balance your class schedule. Try to find one class each semester which you know you'll enjoy and do well.
- Balance social life and school work. If you are working more than 20 hours outside of school, take the minimum credit hours to be full time.
- Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well.
These sound like logical "common sense" hints, but hearing it from a staff or faculty member may make a significant impression on the student.