Tag Archives: #successincollege

The Best Memory Tip for Studying?

A+The best memory tip for studying for an exam?  Retrieval practice!

Have you ever walked out of an exam thinking back on a difficult question that stumped you and then you remember the correct answer no more than 30 seconds later?  Frustrating, huh?  The right answer was somewhere in your brain, which means that you had studied the right stuff, but you just couldn’t get it out during the exam. Ahhh!!!

How can you avoid this in the future?

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The Small Stuff Matters

Lecture HallThe small stuff matters in college (and life).  It really does.  For example:  Sit in the front row.  You can apply this advice literally (and figuratively) in college, as well as in the rest of your life.  Some reasons to sit in the first row in college:

  • You can see the board/screen better
  • There are fewer distractions
  • You can see the professor better, and she can see you better
  • You are more likely to get to know the professor
  • You are more likely to raise your hand and more likely to get called on when you do
  • It really is easier to pay attention

Some Scary Statistics

In this thread we are going to explore how to drink safely in college (and beyond).  We are going to talk about lots of topics including binge drinking, pre-gaming, and underage drinking.  I will share my own observations and suggestions in a non-judgmental way, and I’m hopeful that you will reciprocate.  I will also share some of the most recent research on this topic as well as observations from college students, college graduates, college professors, parents, and anyone else who is interested.

You probably know the statistics, but in case you don’t, here are some sobering ones (pun fully intended).  These statistics come from a fact sheet on college drinking published by the:

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Here is the NIAAA Fact Sheet on College Drinking if you want more information.

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Summer Reading

Success in your first year in college starts during the summer.  I totally understand that you want to enjoy the summer between high school and college, but try to find some time to enjoy the suggested summer reading.  Many colleges and universities have such readings, and my school, Lafayette College, is no exception.


Our summer reading this year at Lafayette is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Whatever book has been assigned at your school, you should check it out this summer.  Most of the time these books are “suggested” rather than “required,” but you make some time to read the “suggested” book before school starts so you can hit the ground running.

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Success in College?

What does it mean to succeed in college?

Good grades? Getting a job after college? Getting into grad school, law school, med school, etc.? Expanding your horizons? Making new friends? Being mentally, emotionally, and physically well?

Of course, it’s all of the above! 

Prohibition Didn’t (and Won’t) Work

When I first started working as college professor over 20 years ago, I thought that prohibition might be the answer.  Don’t allow any drinking on campus, especially among underage drinkers.   Let’s see, how did Prohibition work the first time around?  Not so great.  Seems like a psychological principle called reactance got in the way.  But more on that later.

It didn’t take me long to realize that absolute prohibition was not going to be the answer.

So what to do about unsafe college drinking?  That’s what we’re going to talk about in this blog.

Let me warn you.  There are no easy answers…but I think there are some potential solutions.