Getting into college is no easy feat. You likely studied incredibly hard, were extensively involved cocurricularly, and perhaps even volunteered and/or worked in your free time. However, one of the reasons why you chose to go to college was up your game. You know you'll need more education, additional skills, and lots of experiences to have the career -- and even the life -- that you want for yourself in the future. You want to challenge yourself to grow and learn in ways you might never even have imagined. However, no one person automatically adjusts well academically to college. The classes are more difficult, the reading load is substantially heavier, the assignments require deeper thought, and your performance may be determined by one exam, report, or paper. No matter how well you did in your classes before you start college, you'll need to make sure you understand some basics so that you can perform well at the college level in essence. Do you learn best by just listening? By taking notes? By doodling? By participating? There are all kinds of learners out there, and knowing what best clicks with your brain is perhaps the most important skill to master, academically speaking, during your time in school.

Academic skills you need before starting college

 You can cater to that style in all kinds of areas in case you know how to learn best. Know what kind of environment you need for studying. Some students learn best with lots of noise. Others learn best in complete quiet. Some students need a lot of people around or thrive in a study group; others prefer to study alone and find study groups a complete waste of time. There's no right kind of environment to study in, only what's right for you and your brain.  Do you use flashcards? Read through your notes? Talk over key ideas and concepts with your classmates? Write things out? Listen to recordings of lectures or seminar discussions? Before you start your college classes, because everyone is a unique kind of learner, it's important to know what your brain needs to remember all that you're being asked to absorb. For example, you can focus on developing your notetaking skills when you first arrive on campus in case you know that you best study by reviewing notes and making flashcards. You'll set yourself up to do well in your first semester, on your first set of finals, and even in the rest of your classes throughout your time in school in that way. The less time (and energy and money) you'll waste on systems that don't work for you, the earlier you master the skills you need to study efficiently and effectively at the college level. True, nearly everyone has a gut feeling in their stomach before they completely bomb an exam. But there are other clues, too, that you should learn to listen to. Are you missing more and more classes because you're falling further and further behind in the reading?