[From Keys to Success in College Life
- sit in the front row or up close
- take notes in every class
- after class, recopy your notes in outline form
- read all assignments
- pick a study partner
- study between classes
- meet the professor, ask questions, and go to office hours if you need help
0How to Impress a Mentor
[and get good recommendation letters]
- If a mentor makes a suggestion, make every attempt to follow this advice. At first, it may not make sense. In the end, it may not be your style. In the interim, you will learn something and get noticed.
- Show interest. If you don't have interest, do something else!
- Work hard. Even work on your own time. You've got interest, right? If you can't be bothered to spend night and weekend time on your work, then you are doing the wrong thing!
- Don't make excuses. Remember, an experienced mentor has heard a lot more excuses than you've ever made up.
- Come to meetings prepared. Come with questions. Don't assume your mentor will remember everything you are doing. Refresh his/her memory. If you couldn't figure something out, make a valiant effort, explain what you tried and where you are stuck.