Tips for Academic Success

Here are some tips to help you be successful:

You will face many adjustments during your first semester at Marywood University. Here are some tips to help you make a successful transition to college:

  • Be prepared to possibly change your major
  • Attend class
  • Know the course syllabus
  • Don't procrastinate
  • If you need help, get it early
  • Practice good time management
  • Study!

Academic success may require making repeated adjustments while working toward your degree.

Making the Most of the Advising Process

Each Marywood University student is assigned an academic advisor to provide information and guidance in selecting, planning and completing their academic program. The adviser helps the advisee to understand the relationships among the courses, programs, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, study abroad programs, and other academic experiences provided by the university. Here are some dos and don'ts for a successful advising experience.


  • Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with your advisor even though you've talked with friends.
  • Share information about educational and career goals. Report any problems & talk about important successes or failures. Your advisor needs this information to help you.
  • Keep your own personal records about questions or concerns,including grades, special actions, etc., and bring them with you when you see your advisor.
  • Be assertive. Ask questions. Acquire the information you need to take final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements.
  • Keep your own notes. Remind your advisor of what you talked about at your last meeting.
  • Take responsibility for reading about those rules and requirements which affect you. Most of them are published in the university and department handbooks.
  • Prepare ahead of time by reviewing the master schedule of classes, reviewing requirements and giving careful consideration to questions you have about academic and career plans
  • Become knowledgeable about the relevant policies, procedures, and rules of the university and your academic program. Ultimately, you have the responsibility of know the requirements to successfully complete your academic degree at Marywood University.


  • Come to advising sessions unprepared.
  • Avoid academic advisement as long as possible.
  • Wait until registration periods to see your advisor.
  • Mislead or withhold information from your advisor.
  • Assume your advisor has all of your records.
  • Assume your advisor will tell you automatically everything you need to know.
  • Assume your advisor will remember what you talked about from one appointment to the next.
  • Assume that only your advisor needs to be familiar with the university rules and regulations.