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So you’ve been accepted, gotten your transfer credits in and are kicking your feet up relaxing before the deadline to enroll. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Not If you want to be successful.

According to Civitas Learning predictors, this is the completely wrong way to spend your time before the quarter starts. Civitas has analyzed countless terabytes of data to determine what makes a person a successful student. We’ve got news for you; it’s not taking it easy.

If you want to be successful in school, here are 7 tips to starting the quarter right and carrying good habits throughout the course of your degree.

1. Enroll Early
You may feel like you’ve made it through the hard part, and you have plenty of time to pick out your classes. The opposite is true. By enrolling early, you are setting a precedent for classroom success, as studies have found a strong correlation between early enrollers and classroom achievement.

2. Log into Blackboard—Early and Often
Blackboard is your portal for coursework, turning in assignments and online learning materials. If you’re an online-only student, it is your lifeline to your degree program. By logging in early and often, you will quickly get the hang of this essential academic tool.

3. Turn in Your First Assignment on Time
Even more than enrolling early, turning in your first assignment on time is a strong step towards achieving your degree. It is the red flag Strayer Success Coaches look for, as students who fail to complete this task face far greater odds for achieving their degree.

4. Stay Active in Discussion Boards
The beauty of the Internet is that you can attend class, talk to colleagues and study any time of the day or night. Discussion boards are active-engagement opportunities to connect with your peers, get help on homework, interact with professors and participate in group learning.

5. Be Engaged in Class – Both Online and On-Campus
While going back to school as an adult learner can be intimidating, being engaged with your professors and peers is paramount to helping make you feel comfortable in this new environment. Remember, most of the class will be feeling just like you. Engagement and voicing your thoughts is encouraged throughout every class, both online and on-campus, with many opportunities for group learning. By becoming an active participant, you will not only find another support system, you will enhance your possibilities of finishing your degree.

6. Don’t Take a Quarter Off
Fatigue is bound to take hold at some point in your academic career. However, resist the temptation to take a break. If you’re feeling like you need a break, seek out counseling from your success coach, professors and peers. After all, that’s what we’re here for—to help encourage and support you when you need it the most, so you can continue on towards reaching your goals.

7. Build Upon your Past Success
Through the course of your studies, it’s important to stop briefly on the road and take in all you have already accomplished. Not only will this make the distance seem shorter ahead, it will remind you of all you’ve made possible and why you’ve started down this road in the first place. Take a quick glance in the rearview mirror for some much-needed motivation, and keep the pedal to the metal until you reach graduation.

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